Dummy (film)

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Dummy
Dummyposter.jpg
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 Paul Wallfisch
Cinematography Horacio Marquinez
Edited by William Henry
Michael Palmerio
Production
company
Quadrant Entertainment
Dummy Productions LLC
Distributed by Artisan Entertainment
Release dates
  • February 21, 2002 (2002-02-21) (AFM premiere)
  • September 12, 2003 (2003-09-12) (USA)
Running time 91 minutes
Language English
Box office $71,646[1]

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 film had its premiere on February 21, 2002, and was released to theaters in the United States on September 12, 2003. It was released to home media by Lionsgate Home Entertainment on February 17, 2004.

Plot summary[edit]

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.

Main cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

The film was written and directed by filmmaker Greg Pritikin. It was produced by Bob Fagan, Richard Temtchine, Dummy Productions LLC and Quadrant Entertainment. Artisan Entertainment distributed the film to theaters and Lionsgate Home Entertainment distributed the film through home media releases.[2]

Casting[edit]

In May 2000, it was reported by Variety that Adrien Brody and Milla Jovovich had been cast in the film, Brody as the lead character of Steven, and Jovovich as the best friend of Brody's character.[3] The following month, in June 2000, it was announced that Illeana Douglas had joined the cast in a supporting role.[4] Vera Farmiga, Ron Leibman, Jared Harris and Jessica Walter were also cast in supporting roles.

Filming[edit]

Principal photography took place in New York City, Wayne, New Jersey, and Long Island, New York in July and August 2000.

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

The film was given a limited release in the United States. Dummy made $30,130 from 5 theaters in its opening weekend.[5] It made an additional $41,516 at the box office for a total domestic gross of $71,646.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Dummy received mostly positive reviews from film critics. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 70% rating based on 33 reviews. The site's consensus States: "Dummy is a sweet family comedy that succeeds due to charming performances, even if the final product feels slightly undercooked."[6] The film currently holds a 48% rating on Metacritic based on 12 critical reviews.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dummy (2003)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dummy (2002) - Company Credits". IMDb. 
  3. ^ "Jovovich crashes into 'Dummy' with Brody". Variety. May 30, 2000. 
  4. ^ "Illeana Douglas". Variety. June 15, 2000. 
  5. ^ "Dummy (2002) - Box Office / Business". IMDb. 
  6. ^ "Dummy (2003)". Rotten Tomatoes. 
  7. ^ "Dummy Reviews". Metacritic. 

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