Making Mr. Right (1987)

PG-13 | 98 mins | Comedy, Romance | 10 April 1987

Director:

Susan Seidelman

Producers:

Mike Wise, Joel Tuber

Cinematographer:

Edward Lachman

Production Designer:

Barbara Ling

Production Company:

Orion Pictures
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HISTORY

       Making Mr. Right marked the debut feature-film screenplay for writers Floyd Byars and Laurie Frank. Promotional materials in AMPAS library files indicates the script was completed in early 1985, but director Susan Seidelman worked with the writers on several additional drafts to shift the focus from a Frankenstein-type story to a Pygmalion-style theme with the main character coaching the android on social graces and the ways of humanity.
       Principal photography began in the Miami, FL area on 28 Apr 1986, according to the 6 Jun 1986 DV production chart. Among the locations used were Miami Beach’s Casablanca Hotel for the wedding scenes and the Turnberry Isle condominium complex in North Miami for a scene in which main character “Frankie Stone,” picks up her former boyfriend “Steve Marcus,” as noted in the 13 Jul 1986 Chicago Tribune. The Nov 1986 issue of Moviegoer magazine stated the film’s budget was $9 million.
       The film opened nationwide 10 Apr 1987 to generally negative reviews.

      End credits include “special thanks” to "David Loucka; Susan Anton; Frances Kenny; Andy Divteneass; Eric Weissemann; Nana Vasconcelos; Dorian Harris; Harry Mondoleon; Barbara Boyle; Maunter Lander; Dade County Film Coordination Office; The Officers of the Florida Highway Patrol; Metro Dade and Miami Beach Police Forces; Manor’s Jewelers; Advertising in Movies; Raefinati; 'The Joker’s Wild;' NASA; WFTE; Nomo.” ... More Less

       Making Mr. Right marked the debut feature-film screenplay for writers Floyd Byars and Laurie Frank. Promotional materials in AMPAS library files indicates the script was completed in early 1985, but director Susan Seidelman worked with the writers on several additional drafts to shift the focus from a Frankenstein-type story to a Pygmalion-style theme with the main character coaching the android on social graces and the ways of humanity.
       Principal photography began in the Miami, FL area on 28 Apr 1986, according to the 6 Jun 1986 DV production chart. Among the locations used were Miami Beach’s Casablanca Hotel for the wedding scenes and the Turnberry Isle condominium complex in North Miami for a scene in which main character “Frankie Stone,” picks up her former boyfriend “Steve Marcus,” as noted in the 13 Jul 1986 Chicago Tribune. The Nov 1986 issue of Moviegoer magazine stated the film’s budget was $9 million.
       The film opened nationwide 10 Apr 1987 to generally negative reviews.

      End credits include “special thanks” to "David Loucka; Susan Anton; Frances Kenny; Andy Divteneass; Eric Weissemann; Nana Vasconcelos; Dorian Harris; Harry Mondoleon; Barbara Boyle; Maunter Lander; Dade County Film Coordination Office; The Officers of the Florida Highway Patrol; Metro Dade and Miami Beach Police Forces; Manor’s Jewelers; Advertising in Movies; Raefinati; 'The Joker’s Wild;' NASA; WFTE; Nomo.”
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Chicago Tribune
13 Jul 1986
Section 13, p. 14-15.
Daily Variety
6 Jun 1986.
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Daily Variety
19 Mar 1987
p. 3, 8.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Mar 1987
p. 3, 20.
Los Angeles Times
10 Apr 1987
p. 1.
Moviegoer
Nov 1986
p. 6-7.
New York Times
10 Apr 1987
p. 16.
Variety
25 Mar 1987
p. 18, 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
An Orion Pictures Release
A Barry & Enright Production
a film by Susan Seidelman
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Prod
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Video playback
Video seqs filmed by
Video asst
Spec still photog
Still photog
Gaffer
Grip best boy
Grip best boy
Company grip
Company grip
Elec best boy
Company elec
Company elec
Company elec
Moviecam system supplied by
Processing by
24 Frame video equip
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Asst art dir
Storyboard artist
Art dept asst
FILM EDITORS
Assoc ed
1st asst ed
2d asst ed
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
Asst prop master
Set dec
Lead set dresser
Stand-by set dresser
Master scenic artist
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Const gang boss
Const gang boss
Const coord
Const foreman
Carpenter
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost des
Women's ward supv
Men's ward supv
Ms. Magnuson's ward tailored by
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond by
Asst by
Asst mus ed
Mus supv
Mus supv
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom man
Cable man
Re-rec mixer
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
ADR ed
Foley ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec visual eff
Spec opt and visual eff by
Android heads and spec makeup artist
Android heads and spec makeup artist
Android heads and spec makeup artist
Mechanical model by
Spec eff staff
Spec eff staff
Spec eff staff
Spec eff staff
Spec eff staff
Spec eff staff
Spec eff staff
Spec eff staff
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Loc mgr
Loc supv
Scr supv
Unit pub
Prod coord
Prod accountant
Financial representative
Asst accountant
Asst to prods
Asst prod coord
Asst to Ms.Seidelman
Addl casting
Addl casting, Unique Casting
Casting asst
Casting asst
Addl casting asst
Prod staff
Prod staff
Prod staff
Prod staff
Prod staff
Prod staff
Transportation capt
Mech model by
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt coord
Stunts
Photo double [Ulysses]
ANIMATION
Selected anim segments
Selected anim segments
Selected anim segments
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
SOURCES
SONGS
"Too Many Fish In The Sea," performed by Gwen Guthrie, courtesy of Polydor Records
"Happy Together," performed by The Turtles, courtesy of Rhino Records
"This Magic Moment," performed by The Drifters, courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp., by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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SONGS
"Too Many Fish In The Sea," performed by Gwen Guthrie, courtesy of Polydor Records
"Happy Together," performed by The Turtles, courtesy of Rhino Records
"This Magic Moment," performed by The Drifters, courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp., by arrangement with Warner Special Products
"Rock Steady," performed by Aretha Franklin, courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp., by arrangement with Warner Special Products
"Por Mas Que Quiera," by Taty Maldonado, performed by El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, courtesy of Combo Records, additional music by Corelli/Jacobs Music.
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COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 April 1987
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 10 April 1987
Production Date:
28 April--July 1986
Copyright Claimant:
Orion Pictures Corporation
Copyright Date:
29 July 1987
Copyright Number:
PA338037
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Prints
Prints by DeLuxe®
Duration(in mins):
98
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Miami, Florida, image and media consultant Frankie Stone is an overachieving woman who is perpetually stressed and constantly late for appointments. When Frankie learns her boyfriend, Congressman Steve Marcus, had a sexual fling with a beauty contest winner, she breaks up with him and refuses to work on his reelection campaign. Research and technology company Chemtec hires Frankie to help with the public relations campaign to introduce a state-of-the art, human-looking android named Ulysses, developed for missions to explore deep space. Frankie drives to the Chemtec campus where she meets Ulysses, who has never seen a woman before. Curious about her breasts, Ulysses places his hands on Frankie’s chest to feel them. She pushes him away and the android shuts down. Scientist Dr. Jeff Peters, who invented Ulysses and built him in his own image, comes in, takes off Ulysses’s head, and presses his reset button. Dr. Peters explains that programming the android can only go so far and Ulysses must learn other things, especially motor functions, just like a child. Frankie volunteers to help Ulysses learn social graces, especially around women. When Frankie returns to her South Beach apartment, her friend Trish is waiting for her. Trish has left her husband Don, an actor on the popular nighttime soap opera New Jersey, after she caught him having an affair with another actress on the television show. Congressman Steve Marcus comes to see Frankie at Chemtec, bringing her flowers in an attempt to woo her back into working on his reelection campaign. When she refuses, he threatens to hire her former assistant, Suzy Duncan. Meanwhile, Dr. Peters is ... +


In Miami, Florida, image and media consultant Frankie Stone is an overachieving woman who is perpetually stressed and constantly late for appointments. When Frankie learns her boyfriend, Congressman Steve Marcus, had a sexual fling with a beauty contest winner, she breaks up with him and refuses to work on his reelection campaign. Research and technology company Chemtec hires Frankie to help with the public relations campaign to introduce a state-of-the art, human-looking android named Ulysses, developed for missions to explore deep space. Frankie drives to the Chemtec campus where she meets Ulysses, who has never seen a woman before. Curious about her breasts, Ulysses places his hands on Frankie’s chest to feel them. She pushes him away and the android shuts down. Scientist Dr. Jeff Peters, who invented Ulysses and built him in his own image, comes in, takes off Ulysses’s head, and presses his reset button. Dr. Peters explains that programming the android can only go so far and Ulysses must learn other things, especially motor functions, just like a child. Frankie volunteers to help Ulysses learn social graces, especially around women. When Frankie returns to her South Beach apartment, her friend Trish is waiting for her. Trish has left her husband Don, an actor on the popular nighttime soap opera New Jersey, after she caught him having an affair with another actress on the television show. Congressman Steve Marcus comes to see Frankie at Chemtec, bringing her flowers in an attempt to woo her back into working on his reelection campaign. When she refuses, he threatens to hire her former assistant, Suzy Duncan. Meanwhile, Dr. Peters is upset to discover that Ulysses has gone through Frankie’s purse, smeared red lipstick on his face, put pantyhose on his head and is smoking a cigarette. Dr. Peters storms outside to confront Frankie who uses his arrival to make Steve Marcus jealous by pretending they are dating. Later, Sandy, a Chemtec research assistant, pressures Dr. Peters to go out on a date with her, but he runs away. When Frankie returns home, she finds Trish’s husband Don has arrived and the two are arguing loudly. Needing some peace for the night, she returns to Chemtec, where Ulysses gives her a foot massage and Frankie explains more about stages of intimacy. She gives Ulysses a kiss on the cheek, explaining it is a sign of affection. The next morning, Ulysses gives Dr. Peters a kiss on the cheek, which causes the android’s creator to wonder exactly what Frankie is teaching him. Dr. Peters remarks that Ulysses is going alone into deep space for seven years and does not need such social training. Ulysses slips out of the underground laboratory and takes the escalator to the surface, where he sees the outside world for the first time. He hides in the back of Frankie’s car, revealing himself to her when they get to a large shopping mall. Despite Frankie’s efforts to stop him, Ulysses explores the mall and runs into Steve Marcus, who is campaigning there. Steve mistakes him for Dr. Peters and Frankie pretends they are there for a tuxedo fitting for her sister’s upcoming wedding. While Ulysses tries on the tux, Frankie and the store clerk discover the android has a very large penis. Ulysses slips away from Frankie again and continues exploring the mall when he runs into Chemtec assistant Sandy, who also mistakes him for Dr. Peters. After the two go shopping and have a meal, Ulysses has Sandy take him to Frankie’s apartment where Ulysses has sex with Frankie’s friend, Trish. As Frankie drives him back to Chemtec, Ulysses says if he were human, he would be in love with Frankie. The next day, after Frankie’s mother reports that Steve Marcus is walking her sister down the aisle at the wedding, Frankie invites Dr. Peters to be her date for the wedding. He says he is not good with people, but Frankie insists he go. In the days that follow, Ulysses sends Frankie many expensive gifts, believing she is mad at him for having sex with Trish and that he must somehow apologize. At the wedding reception, Frankie and Dr. Peters dance together, but Steve Marcus cuts in on them, telling Frankie he wants a second chance and wants to marry her. Meanwhile, Trish is stunned by Dr. Peters’s resemblance to Ulysses and flirts with him. At the same time, Ulysses arrives at the reception, as does Trish’s estranged husband, Don. Ulysses cuts in on Frankie and Steve dancing and begins kissing her. Don learns Ulysses had sex with Trish and starts a fight, but Steve tries to break it up. Ulysses falls into the swimming pool and short circuits. Dr. Peters pulls his head off to set the restart button as the reception guests look on. Soon, headlines around the world announce the existence of Ulysses, “the lovesick android.” Before long, the entire world is experiencing “android-mania.” At Chemtec, Ulysses says he is in love with Frankie, but Dr. Peters promises he will feel differently once he is in space. Frankie and Steve Marcus make up and go to the press conference about Ulysses’s space mission. Before the conference begins, Dr. Peters takes Frankie aside, chastising her for what she did to Ulysses. He tells her that he spent years programming Ulysses to function alone in space, but now the only thing he can think about is her. When reporters question Ulysses, he charms them to the point that Steve Marcus thinks he could run for president. Frankie is saddened to hear Ulysses say he is no longer lovesick. Ulysses also says he is not frightened to go into space alone and that humans are trained to be frightened because they cannot attend to their most basic need, which is loving and caring for those who love them. While Ulysses poses for pictures, he and Frankie stare longingly at each other. Shortly after the space ship launches into space, Frankie sulks at home eating ice cream, when Dr. Peters comes to her door. She hugs him, saying she misses Ulysses terribly. When Dr. Peters kisses her and says he loves her, Frankie realizes she is actually with Ulysses. Meanwhile, in the spaceship, Dr. Peters, pretending to be Ulysses, tells mission control he is excited to go on this journey alone because he is not very good with people.
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Name Occurs Before Title
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