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Flinch (1994)

Two live store window mannequins witness a murder late at night.


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Judd Nelson ... Harry Mirapolsky
Gina Gershon ... Daphne James
Nick Mancuso ... Miles Raymond
Frank Cassini ... Det. Bat Fowler
Marilyn Norry ... Vivian Raymond
Veronica Lorenz Veronica Lorenz ... Jasmine Lee
Anne Dupont Anne Dupont ... Miss Gloria Marsh
Andrew Airlie ... William
Lawrence King-Phillips ... Charlie
Alvin Sanders ... Wheeler
Suzy Joachim ... Sales Clerk
Madison Graie Madison Graie ... Model
Michelle Grana Michelle Grana ... Tow Truck Dr.
Ken Roberts Ken Roberts ... Security Guard
Frank C. Turner ... Coroner


Harry and Daphne meet at their job: Standing in a shop's window as living dolls, they spend several hours per day without moving and if they move (flinch), they will loose their job. One evening, they witness a murder being committed in front of the window, but when they go to the police, no one believes them. The murderer is now on their trail, though... Written by Thomas Meyer <i03a@zfn.uni-bremen.de>

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Release Date:

23 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flinch - A Killing Phantom See more »

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Production Co:

FTM Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


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Did You Know?


Sculptures in the movie were made by artist Donna Nield who used the money she earned to fund her life in Paris. See more »


Set in the United States but there are various shots of Canadian National (CN) trains. See more »


[first lines]
Daphne James: That is your eighth sneeze today.
Harry Mirapolsky: Yeah?
Daphne James: You can't sneeze, you're not allowed to move!
Harry Mirapolsky: Sorry.
Daphne James: Why don't you just quit and get it over with?
Harry Mirapolsky: And lose the pleasure of your company?
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Referenced in Game On: Martin's Baby (1998) See more »


Written by Dane DeViller and Sean Hosein
Performed by David Steele
Published by Banana Toons Music
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Creative Camera Preparations Are Largely For Naught.
26 January 2005 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

Intended as light entertainment, this film is indeed successful as such during its first half, but then succumbs to a rapidly foundering script that drops it down. Harry (Judd Nelson), a "reformed" burglar, and Daphne (Gina Gershon), an aspiring actress, are employed as live window mannequins at a department store where one evening they are late in leaving and are locked within, whereupon they witness, from their less than protective glass observation point, an apparent homicide occurring on the street. The ostensible murderer, Miles Raymond (Nick Mancuso), a local sculptor, returns the following day to observe the mannequins since he realizes that they are the only possible witnesses to the prior night's violent event and, when one of the posing pair "flinches", the fun begins. Daphne and Harry report their observations at a local police station, but when the detective taking a crime report remembers Harry's criminal background, he becomes cynical. There are a great many ways in which a film can become hackneyed, and this one manages to utilize most of them, including an obligatory slow motion bedroom scene of passion. A low budget affair shot in Vancouver, even police procedural aspects are displayed by rote. The always capable Gershon tries to make something of her role, but Mancuso is incredibly histrionic, bizarrely so, as he attacks his lines with an obvious loose rein. Although the film sags into nonsense, cinematographer Glen MacPherson prefers to not follow suit, as he sets up with camera and lighting some splendidly realised compositions that a viewer may focus upon while ignoring plot holes and witless dialogue. A well-crafted score, appropriately based upon the action, is contributed by Hal Beckett. The mentioned dialogue is initially somewhat fresh and delivered well in a bantering manner by Nelson and Gershon, but in a subsequent context of flawed continuity and logic, predictability takes over. The direction reflects a lack of original ideas or point of view, and post-production flaws set the work back farther than should be expected for a basic thriller.

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