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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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An brief emotional journey for the soft heart
1 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a personal vote because I am somehow able to watch this movie and become emotional every time. I was emotional before my own grandmother died and now that she is gone this movie will remain in my heart forever. Plus I love the lullaby that is sung during the movie. When I read the book I really didn't know what to expect and what I got was identical to the movie except for the music. That made it even better. Plus Agatha is such a doll. This movie is so old and I'm wondering if anyone will even read this because who in the world is going to look for a review about the electric grandmother? Who's going to be crazy enough to write one? And why am I writing all this nonsense? Well the rules say it has to be 10 lines at least and when I was done it was only like three so there. I read through the credits again and Evan Morris and John Morris are credited with the orchestrations. I don't know if that includes the lullaby or not. If anyone knows let me know. I'd be grateful. I only hope some day I can write a story that pulls at the heart strings as much as this one does for me.

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