D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)

PG  |   |  Family, Sci-Fi  |  14 June 1985 (USA)
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A seemingly normal young boy turns out to be a top secret military-created robot with superhuman abilities.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joyce Richardson
Dr. Ellen Lamb
Elaine Fox
Dr. Jeffrey Stewart
Ron Frazier ...
General Graycliffe
Howie Fox
Mr. Nesbitt
Turtle Fox
Sherie Lee Fox
Mr. Bergen (as Ed L. Grady)
Tucker McGuire ...
Mrs. Bergen
Richard Hammatt ...
Dr. Mulligan
Charlie Gudger ...
Basketball Kid #1


A young boy is found wandering without any memory of who he is. A family takes him in and begin to look for clues to help him find his way home. In the meantime, they notice that the boy seems to have certain special abilities, not usually found in kids his age, or even fully-grown adults. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Release Date:

14 June 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

D.A.R.Y.L. - A múlt nélküli fiú  »

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Daryl's number on the Mohawks Little League baseball team is 7 and Turtle's is 3. See more »


When Turtle crashes while he is playing Pole Position on his sisters' computer, the score on screen reads 39,750 (at around 14 mins). Turtle tells his sister that his score is 41,500. Then, she pulls up the highest game score which is 41,500 (at around 24 mins). See more »


Daryl: Doctor, What am I?
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Features Pole Position (1982) See more »


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by Ron Keel and Kenny Chaisson
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A Real Person - What It Means To Be Human
3 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For me, there is simply nothing not to like about this film. It is well scripted, the parts fit together seamlessly and logically, and everything is justly proportioned--that is, everything's in good balance.

And the best part of it is that the acting is never overdone. The main characters are really human and believable, and Barret Oliver's acting is totally natural and spontaneous.

So even though one has to suspend disbelief in the science fiction impossibility of the story (a mere machine could never actually become a human brain), it's really worth doing so, just for the fun of it.

Just accept the basic premise of the plot for the sake of the story, and then relax and enjoy a heart-warming display of what are real human values in a world where these are sometimes sadly lacking, and a thought-provoking consideration of what it means to be 'a real person.'

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