The Electric Grandmother (1982)

TV Movie  |   |  Family, Sci-Fi  |  17 January 1982 (USA)
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A trio of children, traumatized by the death of their mother, and their father get a very special robot grandmother to assist them.



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Cast overview:
Guido Fantoccini
Tara Kennedy ...
Charles Fields ...
Timothy (as Charlie Fields)
Madeleine Sherwood ...
Aunt Clara (as Madeleine Thornton-Sherwood)
Truman Gaige ...
Old Tom / Narrator
Richard Whiting ...
Old Timothy
Dortha Duckworth ...
Grandma Neighbor
Paula Trueman ...
Old Agatha


To a family whose children are traumatized by the death of their mother, help comes in a most bizarre way. They receive three pieces, that when joined together, give a recording for an offer for an electric grandmother. They go to a bizarre factory, where they customize their new grandmother, and within a short time, she arrives. The android is equipped with everything needed as a parent and the boys are charmed. The daughter, however, still misses her mother and she bears no welcome for this interloper... Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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The movie is based on the short story by Ray Bradbury entitled, "I Sing the Body Electric." Prior to this version the story was made into an episode of Rod Serling's original Twilight zone. See more »


Remake of The Twilight Zone: I Sing the Body Electric (1962) See more »

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A wonderful family movie
21 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie in the winter of 1982 on television. I didn't want to watch it, but was outvoted in the choice of television shows that night. From the moment I saw it though, I loved this movie. It deals well with the emotional struggle to work past the death of a loved one, and the reluctance to trust or love anyone after such an incident.

Maureen Stapleton is excellent as the robotic grandmother, and Tara Kennedy portrays a hurt and angry young girl very well. The passage of time with its resulting frailties is shown against the constancy of love in a subtle yet powerful way.

The soundtrack is absolutely delightful! The tune is one of those that stuck in my head from 1982 until I saw this movie again in 2004, and haunts me. All in all, I think this must be one of the most underrated family films of all time.

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