Mr. Wrong (film) Bright and sassy Martha Alston, a ’90s woman, has an age-old problem–how to recognize Mr. Right when he comes along. A radio-talk show producer, Martha definitely gets her signals crossed when she suddenly meets Whitman Crawford, a handsome stranger with whom she instantly falls head over heels in love. However, she soon realizes she is dating a guy who is as right on the outside as he is wrong on the inside, and the ratings on this romance quickly plummet. Calamity prevails as she tries to pull the plug on her love life altogether. But Whitman proceeds to prove that too often dream dates become nightmares. A Touchstone Picture. Directed by Nick Castle. Released on February 16, 1996. Stars Ellen DeGeneres (Martha), Bill Pullman (Whitman), Joan Cusack (Inga), Dean Stockwell (Jack Tramonte), Joan Plowright (Mrs. Crawford), Peter White and Polly Holliday (Mr. and Mrs. Alston), Robert Goulet (Dick Braxton). 97 min. Principal photography took place in and around San Diego where the story is set. Released on video in 1996.