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Dummy

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Greg Pritikin
Produced by Bob Fagen
Richard Temtchine
Written by Greg Pritikin
Starring Adrien Brody
Milla Jovovich
Illeana Douglas
Vera Farmiga
Jared Harris
Music by Mike Ruekberg
Cinematography Horacio Marquinez
Editing by William Henry
Michael Palmerio
Distributed by Artisan Entertainment
Lionsgate Entertainment
Release date(s) September 12, 2003 (limited)
Running time 91 min.
Language English

Dummy is a 2002 comedy-drama film written and directed by Greg Pritikin. It stars Adrien Brody, Milla Jovovich, Illeana Douglas, Vera Farmiga and Jared Harris. The original music score is composed by Mike Ruekberg. The film is marketed with the tagline The story of a dummy and his man.

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Plot summary

Steven Schoichet is a recently unemployed ne'er-do-well who has difficulty expressing himself. Steven finds he has a knack for ventriloquism. Steven's best friend is Fangora "Fanny" Gurkel, an aspiring punk rock singer who, along with Steven, is just looking for her niche. Eventually, Fanny takes a shine to klezmer music when she learns of an opportunity to get an actual gig. Through his newfound talent, Steven discovers that he is able to overcome his social problems through his dummy and decides to try impressing and winning the heart of Lorena Fanchetti.

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Trivia

  • From the time this film was shown at an AFI Premiere screening on February 21, 2002 to the time it was released to theaters on September 12, 2003, there were so many changes that the earlier screening could be considered as a work in progress. The cast was revised, and eight new songs were added to the soundtrack.
  • This film was shot on location in New York City and Wayne, New Jersey.
  • Adrien Brody learned ventriloquism and puppetry for his role in the film under the personal tutelage of actor/ventriloquist Alan Semok, who also designed and built the "dummy" character for the production. Brody performed the dummy's character live on set and without the benefit of post production dubbing.[1]
  • When Steven (apparently successfully) returns something at the costume shop where he bought his dummy, after he exits, a sign hanging on the door states "All sales are final".
  • The dummy's name is never revealed in the film.

Notes

  1. ^ According to the official press kit issued at the time of the film's release

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