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In Mannequin, a lame attempt to revive the style and panache of fantasy-tinged romantic comedies of the '30s and '40s, Andrew McCarthy stars as a department store window-dresser who discovers that one of his mannequins (Kim Cattrall) is actually a woman from ancient Egypt when she becomes animated one evening. She then inspires him to become the most expressive window-dresser the business has ever seen. Of course, there is intrigue involving a rival department store's attempt to drive the good guys out of business, and together the two store-crossed lovers must combat the forces of evil to save the day. There is no real mystery about what will happen in the course of the film; it all seems color-by-numbers. The only thing unique about Mannequin is its uniquely bad and illogical script, which has holes larger than the Grand Canyon. Mannequin was a surprise box-office hit, earning nearly 25 million dollars in just under a month of its release -- no small feat considering its miniscule budget and seeming lack of appeal to any particular demographic. It spawned an inferior sequel, Mannequin Two: On the Move, reaffirming the belief that anything is possible. In spite of being panned by critics across the board, it did manage to receive one accolade -- its theme, Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now, was nominated by the Academy for Best Song.~ Jeremy Beday, All Movie Guide


  • Andrew McCarthy
  • Kim Cattrall
  • Estelle Getty
  • James Spader
  • G.W. Bailey
  • Carole Davis
  • Steve Vinovich
  • Christopher Maher
  • Meshach Taylor
  • Phyllis Newman

Did You Know?


  • Originally, the lead role was written to be an older, lonely storekeeper, with Dudley Moore in mind for the role, but when Andrew McCarthy came on board, the role was rewritten to be the role of a young artist.
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  • Obvious stunt driver on the motorcycle trying to escape from Felix and Richards.
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    • Roxie Shield: I think you should see a professional.
    • Jonathan Switcher: A professional? What do you mean, a hooker?
    • Roxie Shield: No, I mean a psychiatrist.
    • Jonathan Switcher: I can't afford a psychiatrist.
    • Roxie Shield: Then call one of those shrinks on the radio.
    • Jonathan Switcher: A radio shrink? They're only good for people with problems that fit between the commercials.
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There's some solid talent here, but Gottlieb's overemphatic direction reduces them all to broad caricature--the kind of crazed mugging that isn't often seen outside the boundaries of Saturday morning kiddie shows. [13 Feb 1987, p.A]

Metacritic review by Dave Kehr
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

In the romantic comedy Mannequin, a dummy comes to life. The movie never does. [18 Feb 1987, p.D6]

Metacritic review by Hal Boedeker
Hal Boedeker
Miami Herald