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Mannequin (1987)

A young artist, searching for his vocation, makes a mannequin so perfect he falls in love with it. Finding the mannequin in a store window, he gets a job there and his creation comes to life.

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Michael Gottlieb
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew McCarthy ... Jonathan Switcher
Kim Cattrall ... Emmy
Estelle Getty ... Claire Timkin
James Spader ... Richards
G.W. Bailey ... Felix
Carole Davis ... Roxie
Steve Vinovich ... B.J. Wert (as Stephen Vinovich)
Christopher Maher Christopher Maher ... Armand
Meshach Taylor ... Hollywood
Phyllis Newman ... Emmy's Mother
Phil Rubenstein Phil Rubenstein ... Mannequin Factory Boss
Jeffrey Lampert Jeffrey Lampert ... Factory Worker
Kenneth Lloyd Kenneth Lloyd ... Superdad
Jake Jundef Jake Jundef ... Superkid (as Jake Jundeff)
Harvey Levine Harvey Levine ... Balloon Boss
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Storyline

Jonathan Switcher is a young artist. He just doesn't seem to last in any job he does. But when he builds a mannequin, he makes it so perfect, he falls in love with it. It is the first thing he has made that makes him feel like a real artist. The mannequin ends up in the window of a big department store. When he saves the life of an old lady who happens to be the owner of that store, he is rewarded by getting a job at the store as stock boy. Later the mannequin comes to life as Emmy, who was an ancient Egyptian living in the year 2514BC. The two redesign the window display to make it most eye catching in town. The store competitors are not happy and will do anything to stop them! Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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When she comes to life, anything can happen! See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Perfect Timing See more »

Filming Locations:

Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,001,208, 16 February 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$42,721,196
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Gladden Entertainment See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Journey to the Unknown: Eve (1968) featured a story about a young man called Albert (Dennis Waterman) who sees in the display window of a department store an attractive dummy. It comes to life and smiles at him, he falls in love and so gets a job at the store as a dresser. See more »

Goofs

When Emmy gives an obscene gesture, the mannequin, viewed from behind on the cycle, has a left hand on her right arm. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Claire Prince Timkin: I don't care if he puts a rubber glove on his head and runs naked around the store screaming, 'Hi! I'm a squid!'
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Rob Lowe/Spice Girls (1997) See more »

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Do You Dream About Me
Performed by Alisha
Produced by Mark Berry
Courtesy of RCA Records, PolyGram Records and Liberation Records
Words & Music by Diane Warren
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Come on IMDb Users, It's A FARCE!
8 December 2013 | by DottoreHollidaySee all my reviews

Evidently, the IMDb Users are not familiar with the farce as a theatrical form - a comic dramatic work that aims at entertaining the audience through situations that are highly exaggerated, extravagant, and thus improbable. Farces are often highly incomprehensible plot-wise (due to the large number of plot twists and random events that occur), but viewers are encouraged not to try to follow the plot in order to avoid becoming confused and overwhelmed. Farce is also characterized by physical humor, the use of deliberate absurdity or nonsense, broadly stylized performances (buffoonery and horseplay) and typically including crude characterization and ludicrously improbable situations.

Here a great cast of character actors and a supernatural plot, adds up to a farce. A form where great character actors Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall, Estelle Getty, James Spader, G.W. Bailey and Mesach Taylor can ham it up and overact for the laughs. Even the minor players Carole Davis, Steve Vinovich and Christopher Maher continue the broadly played comedic characters with an excess of ham and absurdity.

It's just fun and a guilty pleasure.

It you didn't get either, you must have checked your sense of humor at the opening credits or you've become too sophisticated for I Love Lucy or the Three Stooges and that is sad.


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