Dummy (2002) Movie

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(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
6.7/ 10 (4681 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated R for language

Production Company
Dummy Productions LLC [us]
Quadrant Entertainment

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(USA) - 21 February 2002
(USA) - 6 March 2003
(USA) - 10 March 2003
(USA) - 1 May 2003
(USA) - 6 June 2003

Running Time

The story of a dummy and his man. Sometimes you need a little help finding yourself. A comedy about finding your voice before you lose your mind. Some people can say a lot without moving their lips.

accountant, actor, adult-lives-at-home, alter-ego, apology, attorney, babysitter, band, blintz, boyfriend-girlfriend-relationship, briefs, brother-sister-relationship, bureaucracy, cigarette-smoking, class, clothes, comedy-circuit, community-college, conscience, copy-machine, costume, crying, dating, depression, dinner,

Technical Support
LAB:DuArt Film Laboratories Inc., New York, USA
LAB:Metropolis, New York, USA
RAT:1.85 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Batchko, Jason as (uncredited) [Tardy Vent Student]
  2. Brody, Adrien as [Steven] <1>
  3. Demovsky, Alan as (uncredited) [Talking Mime]
  4. Elsen, John as [Cop] <18>
  5. Harris, Jared (I) as [Michael] <7>
  6. Hibbert, Edward as [Unemployed Actor] <15>
  7. Hoxie, Richmond as [Sorensen] <10>
  8. Kaplan, Oren (II) as (uncredited) [Fangora's Band Member]
  9. Larkin, Robert as [Pharmacist] <16>
  10. LeFevre, Adam as [Theater Director] <11>
  11. Leibman, Ron as [Lou] <6>
  12. Leritz, Lawrence R. as (uncredited) [Groom]
  13. Marsini, C.J. as (uncredited) [Joey]
  14. Martini Jr., Lou as (as Lou Marini Jr.) [Unemployed Italian] <13>
  15. Morea, Gabor as (as Gabor Mobea) [Unemployed Frottager] <14>
  16. Nolan, Billy as (uncredited) [Vent Student]
  17. Otto, Tim as (uncredited) [Fangora's Band Member]
  18. Plotkin, Tom as [Magic Store Clerk] <20>
  19. Semok, Alan as [Professor Parlepancia - Ventriloquism Teacher] <17>
  20. Senor, Andy as [Arab Caterer] <22>
  21. Sims, David Wm. as (uncredited) [Fangora's Band Member]
  22. Wallfisch, Paul as [Elmo - Fangora's Band Member] <21>
  23. Bayes, Joanne as [Actress] <12>
  24. Douglas, Illeana as [Heidi] <3>
  25. Farmiga, Vera as [Lorena] <4>
  26. Hanft, Helen as [Mrs. Gurkel] <9>
  27. Hannon, Mary Ann as (uncredited) [Diner Waitress]
  28. Jovovich, Milla as [Fangora] <2>
  29. Korey, Alix as (uncredited) [Mrs. Freed]
  30. Kramer, Poppi as (uncredited) [Jen freed]
  31. Pisani, Mirabella as [Bonnie] <8>
  32. Ross, Debbie (VI) as [Le Bagel Waitress] <19>
  33. Walter, Jessica (I) as [Fern] <5>


  1. Comedy
  2. Drama
  3. Romance

Full Plot

Steven, nearly 30 and living with his parents, sees an old Edgar Bergen movie on TV and decides to fulfill his longtime dream of becoming a ventriloquist. His beautiful unemployment counselor Lorena finds him work, but puts out a restraining order on him when he paints a thank-you note on her door. Later, this young mother agrees to date him anyway, but finds his bickering family, and his inexperience with women, daunting to a relationship. Steven's sister Heidi is a wedding planner with a drunken ex-fianc who keeps showing up at the door. His friend Fangora is a pseudo-punk rocker whose sex does not prevent her from giving him terrible advice about women. The wedding of a Jewish girl, who wants Klezmer music and gets something unexpected, will become a turning point in everyone's lives. J. Spurlin Steven Schoichet is browbeaten at every turn, by his family, his dead-end job, the faceless suburb where he still lives at home. That is until he decides to make a change: Ventriloquism--hey, a dream's a dream. His family barely pays him enough attention to even dismiss the idea--his mother is only concerned that he eat something, and his father only thinks of his model ships. Steven's sister recently broke off her engagement to an unstable accountant, which makes her career as a wedding planner an emotional minefield. His only supporter is neighbor Fangora--aka Fanny--a suburban punker who has her own aspirations to stardom. After Steven loses his job, things actually start to turn around. He falls for his counselor at the unemployment office, and through the best efforts of Steven and the little friend on his knee, good things start to happen for everyone around him. A restraining order leads to new love, a rock band learns Yiddish, and everything clicks into place at somebody else's wedding. Sujit R. Varma Plot not found

Total Business

CP: (2001) Dummy Productions, Inc. CP: (2003) Dummy Productions, LLC (on print of released version) GR: USD 71,305 (USA) (5 October 2003) GR: USD 68,467 (USA) (28 September 2003) GR: USD 58,736 (USA) (21 September 2003) GR: USD 30,120 (USA) (14 September 2003) OW: USD 30,120 (USA) (14 September 2003) (5 screens) WG: USD 1,219 (USA) (5 October 2003) (1 screen) WG: USD 2,990 (USA) (28 September 2003) (2 screens) WG: USD 17,803 (USA) (21 September 2003) (5 screens) WG: USD 30,120 (USA) (14 September 2003) (5 screens)

Movie Certificate

14A (Canada)(Ontario)
L (Iceland)
15 (South Korea)
15 (UK)
M (Australia)
T (Italy)
PG (Singapore)

Music Composers

  1. Wallfisch, Paul


  1. Marquínez, Horacio (director of photography) (as Horacio Marquinez)

Dress Designers

  1. Abma, Marie


Be Best in DVD (BBI-DVD) [nl] - (2004) (Netherlands) (DVD)
Curb Entertainment [us]
Lions Gate Films Home Entertainment [us] - (2004) (USA) (DVD)
Yleisradio (YLE) [fi] - (2004) (Finland) (TV)

Film Editors

  1. Henry, William (III) (as Bill Henry)
  2. Palmerio, Michael


  1. Abe, Kentaro (I) (production associate)
  2. Armstrong, Roni (craft service assistant) (as Ronnie Armstrong)
  3. Bertay, Alice (assistant: Mr. Pritikin)
  4. Bronstein, Daniel (II) (production assistant)
  5. Cano, Marcus (intern)
  6. Cardenas, Beatriz (intern)
  7. Catalpa, Christi (titles)
  8. Cicione, Kim Marie (location scout) (as Kim Cicione)
  9. Cohen, Eric (IV) (location scout)
  10. Cooper, Cortney (intern)
  11. Core, Tobias (production assistant)
  12. Dana, Jonathan (producer's representative) (uncredited)
  13. Deitz, Roni (location scout)
  14. DiDonato, Anthony (intern) (as Tony Didonato)
  15. Dotson, Ben (additional production assistant)
  16. Drucker, Allyson (intern)
  17. Fellus, Jesse (production assistant)
  18. Ginsberg, Dave (I) (production assistant)
  19. Griffin, Maura (intern)
  20. Hanna, Thomas (location manager)
  21. Huddleston, Brad (assistant location manager)
  22. Kaufmann, John (II) (production assistant)
  23. Kay, Janice (intern)
  24. Kuehndorf, Julie (publicist)
  25. Lambert, Lili (I) (intern)
  26. Lawrence, Taylor (I) (production coordinator) (uncredited)
  27. Lorden, Nicholas (intern) (as Nick Lorden)
  28. Michaels, Pete (I) (ventriloquism instructor: Mr Brody) (uncredited)
  29. Morejon, Pamela (title designer)
  30. Moulton, Tracey (I) (intern)
  31. Mulero, Veronica (additional script supervisor) (as Veronica Molero)
  32. Oden, Eric (II) (accountant)
  33. Parvis, Joe (teamster)
  34. Pettine, Anthony (script supervisor) (as Tony Pettine)
  35. Ralston, Timothy Scott (studio projectionist) (uncredited)
  36. Rizzo, Jack (I) (prints: Metropolis Film Labs)
  37. Ruminstein, Nom (additional production assistant)
  38. Saulog, Ariel Enriquez (digital supervisor)
  39. Schwartz, Jonathan (XXIII) (additional production assistant)
  40. Seigel, Robert L. (II) (legal services) (as Robert L. Seigel Esq.)
  41. Self, Beverley (production assistant) (as Beverley Ellar)
  42. Sobezynski, Yann (assistant production coordinator) (as Yan Sobezinsky)
  43. Spencer, Greg (I) (additional production assistant)
  44. Stillman, Greg (additional production assistant)
  45. Taylor, April (II) (key set production assistant)
  46. Tenenebaum, Ian (intern)
  47. Ursu, Stephan (production assistant)
  48. Van Damme, Jan Luc (additional production assistant) (as Jean Luc Van Damme)
  49. Vittles, Verna (craft service)
  50. Waskewich, Brad (intern)
  51. Winchell, Paul (special technical advisor)
  52. Zolfo, Joseph (location supervising consultant) (as Joseph N. Zolfo)


Heidi: Because every klezmer band in town is booked and I desperately need a band. But if I hire you, you have to be willing to "hora". Is that a problem? Fannie: Oh man, at this point I'd fuck anyone. [Family dinner, with Lorena and daughter as guests] Heidi: [to her mother, Fern] What're you, apologizing to her? She's an unwed mother. Fern: Better an unwed mother than just plain unwed. Fannie: I bought a gift for you. Steven: Oh, no. Fannie: Actually, I lifted it from Borders. But it's perfect for your date. It's classical music. Steven: Oh, thanks! Fannie: Yeah, when you get Lorena alone, put this on. Classical music makes women horny. Just trust me on this one. Steven: Thanks. "Best of John Philip Sousa". Fannie: Yeah. Chicks dig it. Fannie: You can fuck me if I'm wrong! Steven: No, That's okay. Steven: I look both ways when I cross the street. Heidi: [about Michael going in jail] Serves him right. I hope you rot there, fucking loser. Fern: Heidi! That loser was almost your husband! Heidi: Why can't you get it into your head he's a psychopath? Fern: I'm *sure* he is. But he's also a very successful accountant. Fannie: D'you know our high school reunion's comin' up? Ten years... D'you know how depressing that is? D'you think I don't wanna slash my fucking wrists when I think about that? Goddamn it! Fannie: Steven, you drive like my fucking grandma! Wait... that's actually an insult because my grandma drives better than you do! Heidi: Steven? [Enters Steven's room and sees him in his underwear, with his dummy dressed as a child]... Gross! You look like a child molester! Fannie: [after being thrown out for throwing a tantrum in a Target] Fucking suburbanized shit! Fannie: Oh hey, what are you doing on the Fourth? Steven: I don't know. Fannie: 'Cause I just ordered some kick ass fireworks. Like, even the chinks are scared of this shit. Steven: What about the little girl? Fannie: Look, don't worry, alright. Worst case scenario it's her kid, alright, at least you know she puts out.

Other Titles

  1. Dummy (2002) (ENG)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Commack, Long Island, New York, USA - (Target store)
  2. New York City, New York, USA
  3. Wayne, New Jersey, USA


- The store that Steven buys his dummy at is called "Halloween Adventure". It is located in New York City.

- The ventriloquist teacher in the classroom scene ('Alan Semok' (qv)) designed and built the film's title character and also played teacher in real life as 'Adrien Brody' (qv)'s personal trainer, teaching Brody ventriloquism and puppet manipulation in a three week crash course during preproduction.

- 'Jessica Walter (I)' (qv) and 'Ron Leibman' (qv), who play 'Adrien Brody' (qv)'s character's parents, are married in real life.