Mannequin (1987)

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German title mannequin
Original title mannequin
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1987
length 90 minutes
Age rating FSK 6
Director Michael Gottlieb
script Michael Gottlieb
Edward Rugoff
production Kind Levinson
music Sylvester Levay
camera Tim Suhrstedt
cut Richard Halsey
Frank E. Jimenez

Mannequin is an American fantasy comedy film from 1987. It was directed by Michael Gottlieb , who also wrote the screenplay with Edward Rugoff .


In ancient Egypt Emma hides from her mother, whom she wants to marry off to a camel dealer. Out of desperation, Emma begs the gods to help her and disappears in a cloud of smoke.

In today's USA the artist Jonathan Switcher lives off odd jobs, including a. in a company that makes mannequins. However, because he wants to make a work of art out of every doll, he completes it too slowly and is dismissed. The relationship with his girlfriend Roxie, who is successful in her professional life, also suffers from this situation.

When he rescues the elderly owner of the Prince & Company department store, Mrs. Timkin, from a falling company sign, she finds him a job in her business, which, however, does not flourish. During a night shift, he finds one of the dolls he had assembled himself. Suddenly she comes to life: It's Emma who has traveled across history since her escape. However, it can only come to life for Jonathan; in the presence of another person, she immediately transforms back into a mannequin. The two fall in love and, thanks to Emma's inspiration, Jonathan manages to create the greatest window displays in town, which gives Prince & Company a huge boost. The plan of the competitor Illustra, for whom Roxie also works, to purchase the previously ailing department store cheaply by means of the infiltrated Richard, thus fails.

Jonathan is promoted to sales director and later named vice president. After unsuccessful attempts to poach Jonathan, Roxie and her boss, Illustra's regional director BJ Wert, have the doll Emma kidnapped as leverage. Since the dolls look too similar for Richards and the security guard Maxwell, they steal all of them as a precaution. Jonathan immediately suspects Roxie and rushes to her. When he rejects another job offer, Roxie throws the dolls on a conveyor belt to a shredder . Just in time, Jonathan can save Emma, ​​who is now finally transformed into a human. Mrs. Timkin has Wert, who previously released Roxie, and Richards and Maxwell arrested. Jonathan and Emma get married - in a shop window.


Roger Ebert wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times on February 13, 1987 that the film was "dead". The supporting characters are "reused from failed sitcoms" and do exactly what viewers would expect, exactly when viewers would expect.

The lexicon of international film says: "Sometimes high-spirited, then more dramaturgically confused, but thanks to sympathetic actors, but mostly entertaining comedy that caricatures performance thinking and career cult."


Albert Hammond and Diane Warren were nominated in 1988 for the song Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now for an Oscar as well as for the Golden Globe Award and the Grammy Award . They won the Film and Television Music Award of the American Society of Composers . The song was sung by Starship and reached number 1 in the US and UK.

Andrew McCarthy and - in two categories - Michael Gottlieb won awards from the Italian Mostra Internazionale del Film de Fantascienza e del Fantastico di Roma ( Fantafestival ) in 1987 . Michael Gottlieb won a prize at the Portuguese film festival Fantasporto in 1988 and was nominated for another prize at the festival.


The film was shot in Philadelphia and Camp Hill, Pennsylvania . It cost $ 7.9 million and grossed approximately $ 42.7 million in US cinemas.

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  1. ^ Film review by Roger Ebert, accessed October 12, 2007
  2. ^ Mannequin in the Lexicon of International FilmsTemplate: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used , accessed on October 12, 2007
  3. ^ Filming locations for Mannequin, accessed October 12, 2007
  4. Article in the New York Times
  5. ^ Box office / business for Mannequin, accessed October 12, 2007