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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

Down-on-his-luck artist Jonathan Switcher bounces from one dead-end job to another, never managing to hold onto any of them. But everything changes when he builds a mannequin, which he falls in love with. It is the first thing he has made that makes him feel like a real artist. Much to his surprise, Jonathan discovers the mannequin prominently displayed in the window of Prince and Company 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 a stock boy. The mannequin later comes to life as Ema "Emmy" Hesire, an ancient Egyptian princess living in the year 2514 BC. Gorgeous and vivacious, this femme fatale helps Jonathan turn his career around, inspiring him to become the best window dresser in town. But Emmy soon discovers that the real world is not very dear, when they run into competitors who want to bring them out of business - for good. Written by MGM/UA Home Video

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Some guys have all the luck! 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

Gross USA:

$42,721,196

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,721,196
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Gladden Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Roxie Shield and Armand are coming up the escalator to take pictures of Jonathan and Emmy, it appears they have ridden up the escalator. There clearly is a sign by the escalator saying it is a down escalator but they would have just walked up it because the escalators would be turned off because the store is closed. See more »

Goofs

During the chase scene at the movie's ending, Jonathan can be seen wearing white sneakers as he runs down a flight of stairs. But in the rest of the chase scene, he is wearing the bowling shoes he has on during the rest of the movie. See more »

Quotes

[Jonathan is explaining to Roxie about the first time Emmy came to life]
Roxie Shield: You could've decided to tell me that you wanted to stand me up. Instead, you come here to me lying with this ridiculous story!
Jonathan Switcher: I'm not lying. I'm insane.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hercules Unchained (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
Performed by Jefferson Starship (as Starship)
Produced by Narada Michael Walden
Courtesy of RCA/Ariola International
Words & Music by Albert Hammond and Diane Warren
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She's the dummy!!
26 February 2004 | by syllavusSee all my reviews

This film is proof that not every movie needs to have academy award winning performances, a gripping plot and special effects to be enjoyable. Mannequin is certainly not a spectacular piece of cinematic achievement, but its simplicity and light-heartedness is what makes it great! I've loved this movie ever since I was a kid and I always, and still do, find it a fun and enjoyable watch, especially on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

Jonathan Switcher is a down-on-his-luck artist. He can't hold down a regular job because his creativity keeps on sabotaging his productivity. One day he saves a little old lady who gratefully offers him employment at the department store that she owns. Jonathan goes to work arranging the store's window displays, and happens across a mannequin that he built during one of his short lived careers. Low and behold, the mannequin he created comes to life when the two of them are alone and a fun and silly romantic comedy ensues.

The entire plot is quite silly and full of holes, but the movie is pure fun. Andrew McCarthy is cute and endearing as always and Kim Cattrall is fun and witty as the bubbly mannequin. This film is rife with great one-liners and hysterical situations and of course a great 80's style musical montage. Actual one of the most unfortunate things about this film is that the music is great and a soundtrack album was never released! For shame!

Of course Mannequin isn't thought-provoking, nor is it clever or cinematic ally impressive. It's just a cute silly little film that will make you laugh as long as you don't take it too seriously.


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