A humorous and heartfelt story that follows ventriloquists across the United States, Mexican Riviera, Bahamas and Japan, as they pursue their dreams of a career in puppetry.


Mark Goffman
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Credited cast:
Bob Ashman Bob Ashman ... Self
Maria Ashman Maria Ashman ... Self
Robert J. Ashman Robert J. Ashman ... Self
Willie Brown Willie Brown ... Self
Barry Burdette Barry Burdette ... Self
Dylan Burdette Dylan Burdette ... Self
Jennifer Burdette Jennifer Burdette ... Self
Aileen Carroll Aileen Carroll ... Self
Roger Carroll Roger Carroll ... Self
Ed Casey Ed Casey ... Self
Meghan Casey Meghan Casey ... Self (as Megan Casey)
Michelle Casey Michelle Casey ... Self
Mark Anthony Ciarlante Mark Anthony Ciarlante ... Self
Gary Cohen ... Self
Marlene Cohen Marlene Cohen ... Self


At the annual Vent Haven Convention in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, ventriloquism capital of the world, director Mark Goffman discovers five extraordinary characters straight out of a Christopher Guest mockumentary. But in this delightful, it's-all-true documentary, the characters are real, and so are the emotional attachments that they have with their "dummies." Written by Palm Springs International Film Festival

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Rated PG for brief suggestive humor

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I love documentaries but this one often seemed very painful and difficult to watch
28 August 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This documentary is about five ventriloquists of widely varying backgrounds and ages. One of them, Terry Fator, is extremely rich, famous and a major star. The rest of them are trying to become stars and make careers out of ventriloquism and they find the path very difficult and personally destructive in at least one case.

While "Dumbstruck" was enjoyable to watch and well made, I must warn you up front that several of the stories are very painful to watch and made me feel a bit embarrassed for the folks portrayed in the film. I'll be blunt and also say that several of them loved ventriloquism but they should consider other careers because they just weren't funny...in fact, some of them were god-awful. I know this sounds cruel, but many of the people in the film were NOT the quality of Jeff Dunham or Edgar Bergen. In fact, a couple of them would have been booted off "The Gong Show".

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January 2010 (USA) See more »

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$981, 17 April 2011

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