Mannequin (1987)

mannequin“[On Christopher Columbus] I told him the world was round and I never saw him again. ” – Emmy

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (Theater in ’87, Numerous times on cable and 25 May 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A down on his luck artist who can’t seem to keep a job sees a mannequin he created in a store window who miraculously comes alive.

My Take on it – Being a child of the 80’s, many of the films I enjoyed as a kid, just don’t resonate well enough thirty years later.

This film is on that list.

It doesn’t age well at all and now really seems to be quite silly a movie and premise.

The stars Kim Cattrall and Andrew McCarthy have very nice chemistry together (when she isn’t played by a mannequin), but that’s most of the praise one can give this film.

Despite the story and plot not being so great, there is a very nice supporting cast with Estelle Getty, Meshach Taylor, James Spader and G.W. Bailey lending a hand.  Bailey is the only one who plays a role he was typecast in because his character resembles his character of Captain Harris of the Police Academy films.  So glad he now has a great role on The Closer that is a different kind of cop than he plays here.

The most memorable thing about this movie though is the music and the main song by Starship Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now is truly spectacular and was deserving of its Oscar nomination that year.

Check it out here:


Bottom Line – Much more enjoyable in the 80’s. Doesn’t age well at all. Cattrall and McCarthy have nice chemistry together. Nice supporting cast, but it all just seems too silly.  Nice to see Bailey here despite him playing the same role he played in Police Academy (1984). Spectacular song by Starship!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director Michael Gottlieb got the idea for this film when he was walking by a store window and was startled to “see” a mannequin move by itself. He realized it was just an optical illusion caused by a combination of lights and shadows, but began to wonder what would happen if a mannequin actually DID come to life.  (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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5 thoughts on “Mannequin (1987)

  1. This one’s a great “guilty pleasure” movie. I do like how pure and untainted their love is though – there’s no jealousy, nobody cheats on anybody, no love triangle. Pretty refreshing since those are such “default” conflicts for romance films.


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