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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Jonathan Switcher loved talking to his work, but he never expected it to talk back. Now his life's heading in a different direction. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

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

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

Mr. Richards: You must lead a charmed life, it was all I could do to save your skin in there. No thanks are necessary, Switcher!
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Connections

Referenced in How I Met Your Mother: Last Forever: Part Two (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

In My Wildest Dreams
Performed by Belinda Carlisle
Produced by Bob Crewe and Jerry Corbetta
Courtesy of IRS Records
Words & Music by Bob Crewe, Jerry Corbetta and Charlotte Caffey
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Delightful screwball comedy from the '80s...
25 May 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

The low IMDb rating for MANNEQUIN is imbecilic. This is a thoroughly delightful mixture of madcap comedy and romance, played to the hilt by a sparkling cast of players who all have a gift for comedy.

ANDREW McCARTHY is at his best as a young man drifting from job to job who ends up employed by ESTELLE GETTY at her almost defunct department store. It isn't until he gets real inspiration for window displays from a mannequin who becomes a real person whenever others aren't around, that the picture soars into romantic fantasy. KIM CATTRALL is the gorgeous dummy who comes to life and wins the heart of the hero who is at first reluctant to believe his own eyes.

The sets and costumes are fantastic, the supporting cast is excellent and the script stays in high gear until the last twenty minutes when things get a little too hectic, even for a comedy/fantasy. But it's all in good fun, a cheerful flick easily enjoyable if you like fantasies of this kind and all of it is well photographed in pleasing color with splendid sets.

ANDREW McCARTHY, KIM CATTRALL, JAMES SPADER (especially funny as a smarmy business man), and G.W. BAILEY (as the night detective) all demonstrate a flair for comedy in roles they obviously enjoyed playing.

Well worth watching.


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