Android (1982)

PG  |   |  Crime, Sci-Fi  |  October 1982 (USA)
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Strange doctor secretly experiments with androids on his space station. His assistant is Max, a curious android who wants to see the world and meet a girl. Criminals Maggie and two other hide on their station and soon violence erupts.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Daniel
Max 404 (as Max 404)
Crofton Hardester ...
Gary Corarito ...
Terrapol: Neptune
Mary Ann Fisher ...
Terrapol: Neptune
Terrapol: Neptune
Ian Scheibel ...
Terrapol: Neptune
Wayne Springfield ...
Terrapol: Minos
Julia Gibson ...
Terrapol: Minos
Randy Connor ...
Terrapol: Landing Party
Roger Kelton ...
Terrapol: Landing Party
Rachel Talalay ...
Terrapol: Landing Party


Eccentric scientist Dr.Daniel and his shy, clumsy assistant Max, lead a quiet life on their space station where they carry out illegal research into androids, until they receive an unwelcome visit from three fugitives from justice, one of whom is female. Dr.Daniel and Max are both interested in her, but one of them has rather more sinister intentions than just romance. At first, they all get along, but when one of the criminals becomes psychotic, violence erupts. Meanwhile, the space police is on their trail. Written by Michael Brooke <>

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GRIPPING ACTION, FUTURISTIC EFFECTS, Voted Best Science Fiction Film 1983, by The Age. [Video Australia] See more »


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October 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Android - Molto più che umano  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


After auditioning many actresses for the part of Maggie, director Aaron Lipstadt met Brie Howard (aka Brie Howard-Darling) at a party. At the time she was a drummer in an all-girl band, but he liked her looks and asked her to try out for the role. See more »


In the 4:3 screen version at 11 minutes, the boom mic is visible above Max's head when he greets Maggie, Keller and Mendes. See more »


[first lines]
[Max is listening to Huey Lewis while playing with miniature robots and watching a screen showing the very basics of humans kissing and making love]
Dr. Daniel: [over the intercom] Max.
[Max switches from the video to the scanners]
Dr. Daniel: Max?
Max 404: Yes, Dr. Daniel?
Dr. Daniel: Max, what is that noise?
[Max turns off the music]
Max 404: I was doing some research, Sir.
Dr. Daniel: On what?
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The opening credits list: "And introducing Max 404." See more »


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It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World
Written by James Brown and Betty Newsome
Performed by James Brown
Polydor Records/Chappel Music
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underrated cross-genre effort
1 August 2001 | by (Annandale, VA) – See all my reviews

Take a predictable android sci-fi plot, a coming of age story, some cops & robbers, and a pinch of "Bride of Frankenstein". Put it all in a low-budget ensemble film and stir vigorously. What you end up with is interesting, engaging, and unique in spite of its obvious flaws.

Android Max and his scientist master are living in a remote space station when they are joined by a trio of fugitives - a beauty, a beast, and a brain. The brain figures that they've stumbled onto something valuable seeing as how androids have been outlawed on Earth ever since the uprising. It turns out that at a certain age, the androids become disrespectful, insubordinate, and obsessed with sex. In other words, they turn into adolescents, so we can all sympathize with what Max is going through when he sees a female for the very first time. Meanwhile, the scientist is working on a new and improved replacement for Max, a model which just happens to also be a gorgeous blond woman.

The plot lines are cliche and full of holes, the ending is a bit of a cheat, and the special effects are weak. The film works, however, because it pays close attention to the things which matter, mainly Max and his own isolated world. Although many have criticized the cheap sets, they maintain a coherent mood and atmosphere which is entirely successful in creating a fictional space in which the story can take place. Max himself is one of the most intelligently scripted and well acted android characters to ever appear on screen. You'll be disappointed if you're looking for action or deep meanings, but if you allow yourself to take an interest in Max you may find yourself thinking about him long after the film has ended.

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