Nothing’s gonna stop us now… from celebrating the 30th anniversary of “.”
Since its release three decades ago (on Feb. 13, 1987),
1. Like his protagonist, co-writer/director got his start in the world of fashion, first as a photographer, then as a commercial director.
2. He claimed he got the idea for “Mannequin” in 1982 while walking past the window of New York’s Bergdorf Goodman department store and thinking he might have seen the dummy moving.
3. “Mannequin” would become Gottlieb’s first screenplay (co-written with Edward Rugoff) and his feature directing debut.
4. Of course, he might also have gotten the idea from the Greek myth of Pygmalion and Galatea, the story of a sculptor who falls for his creation. Or from the 1948 movie “
5. Gottlieb is the younger brother of , who co-wrote the screenplay to “ ” and played the reporter in the classic shark tale.
6. If “Mannequin” seems a little formulaic to you, that’s no accident. It was the first movie produced by Hollywood market research guru
7. Most notoriously, it was his research that led to the dramatically altered ending in “ ,” setting up a bloody confrontation between and instead of having her frame him for her own death.
8. “Mannequin” is the rare Hollywood romance where the lead actress is older than the lead actor. Kim Cattrall was 30 and fresh off “
9. Brat Packer Andrew McCarthy had just starred in “ ,” but he wasn’t considered a big box office draw before “Mannequin” went into production. Still, Farrell determined that he had strong appeal to the young girls he’d designated as the film’s target market, so McCarthy won the lead role of Jonathan.
10. The comedy marked the second time McCarthy had co-starred with
11. McCarthy and Spader weren’t the only stars who had worked together before. Cattrall and Bailey had co-starred in “ .”
12. To make the mannequins used in the movie, Cattrall sat for a Santa Monica sculptor for six weeks. The filmmakers used six different dummies, each with a different facial expression.
13. was not yet famous, having just started playing Anthony Bouvier on “ ,” when he was cast as Jonathan’s gay pal, Hollywood Montrose.
14. The filmmakers scouted department stores all over the country before settling on Philadelphia’s John Wanamaker’s, one of the oldest department stores in America, to play the role of Prince’s department store. (It’s still there today, but now it’s a Macy’s.)
15. had just become famous, playing Sophia Petrillo on “ ,” when she was cast as store owner Claire Timkin. It was the first major movie role for the 63-year-old actress.
16. As it turned out,
17. “Mannequin” cost $7.9 million to make. It earned back $43 million, making it the 27th biggest hit of 1987.
18. Despite scathing reviews, “Mannequin” did earn one Oscar nomination, for Best Song, for SThe tune became a Billboard No. 1 single by April 1987, but it ultimately lost the Academy Award to “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” from “ .” 19. The song marked the first nomination for composer and power-ballad empress ; she’s been nominated eight times over the past three decades but has yet to win.
20. For all the film’s success, “Mannequin” didn’t do much for Cattrall’s career. She auditioned for the role in 1987’s “
21. No one from the original film, except Taylor, returned for the 1991 sequel, “ .” This time, the dummy-come-to-life was yet another “Pretty in Pink” alum, .
22. In 2010, there was talk of a “Mannequin” remake; in keeping with the times, the updated romance would be about a man who falls in love with a hologram. So far, the reboot has yet to materialize.