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Heartbeeps (1981)

Two household robots run away and try to start a family.

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Val
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Charlie
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Max
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Susan
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Calvin
Richard B. Shull ...
Factory Boss
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Factory Watchman
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Helicopter Pilot
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Party House Owner
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Val and Aqua are two household servant robots who start feeling emotions for each other. After falling in love, they decide to escape from their servitude and attempt to start a family of their own. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Meet a modern nuclear family unlike any other. See more »

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Sci-Fi | Comedy

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18 December 1981 (USA)  »

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Amor electrónico  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The characters Susan and Calvin, who appear in the junkyard scenes, are named after Susan Calvin, a frequently recurring character from Isaac Asimov's Positronic Robot short stories. See more »

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When the Crimebuster begins spinning and shooting at Val and Aqua in the junkyard, you can see Calvin on the rear platform long before his character ( and Susan ) jump on Crimebuster to shut it down. See more »

Quotes

Susan: [talking to pet raccoon] It's all right, Rover. These friendly robots are obviously not mischievous trespassers.
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THE BREAK
Performed by Kat Mandu
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Obscure for good reasons
24 October 2009 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

If you have witnessed Andy Kaufman's slant on comedy, you may understand why I avoided this movie of his for years. Actually, for most of that time, I couldn't see it even if I wanted to - video stores in my area didn't stock it, and it never appeared on TV. I had to rent it online when recently I finally got the courage to give it a try.

My heart sank during the first few seconds of the movie. The comedy in this opening is both very familiar and unfunny, and the movie manages to sink further and further as it goes on. There's barely a story here, with the bulk of the movie consisting of the robots wandering around... and around... and around until you want to scream. It doesn't help that the robot characters are a turn-off. They don't have much of a personality (they seem very stupid - why should we care about stupid characters?), and their voices are very annoying to the ear.

The makeup is good, I'll admit. But it seems odd that they spent time for the makeup when not bothering to present the rest of this world as a futuristic world (the vehicles of this world, for one thing, are present-day gas-powered vehicles.) It's even more odd to consider that no one involved with this movie realized along the way that this project was a train wreck.


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