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 ... See full summary »
The scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight diminutive dangers as the father searches for them.
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
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D.A.R.Y.L. stands for Data Analysing Robot Youth Lifeform, as shown on a screen in Dr Stewart's laboratory at 50:49, where the British spelling of the verb analyze is used. See more »
When Joyce teaches Daryl how to play the piano, Daryl demonstrates his grasp of the piece's rhythm (at around 6 mins) by saying, "Whole note, two half notes, and four quarters to a measure," a perfect description of 4/4 time. However, they play a piece in 6/8 time. See more »
Only in the iconic 80's could a movie like this have been made. 'D.A.R.Y.L.' is one of my favorite 80's movies and a much underrated classic.
Even though it is about a robot, it's not particularly one that can be classified as sci-fi. In fact, there is very little of sci-fi "per se". On its whole, it is and feels completely 80's, however that only means it's part of its charm. But still, the fact that it feels so UN-sci-fi did not prevent director Steven Spielberg from taking directly from this some inspiration for his 'A.I.', which is honorable.
Overall, a very interesting film with that unique 80's charm and magic. Barret Oliver is the star, pure genius as the main character Daryl, so realistic in his acting that it's almost creepy (like Haley Joel Osment in 'A.I.'). Daryl himself is simply a genius: his levels of intelligence are astronomic and his countless talents no less impressing. Daryl is an amazing cyborg, but also a very special machine instead of being just any machine for his intelligence and talents, as well as for being so nice, friendly, human, loving, cute and for looking exactly like a normal kid instead of a robot. A condign role for someone who had just portrayed Bastian in 'The Neverending Story' and Victor Frankenstein in 'Frankenweenie'.
Turtle (Daryl's neighbor and friend) is a goofy kid but he is cool. And he is so funny. And although he is a friend of mockery and of listening to other people's conversations, he's harmless and cares about Daryl and people. Besides, he's got a hot sister.
The other actors (main or not) are quite good. The soundtrack is nice, with the nostalgic "Somewhere I Belong" and lovely instrumental music.
Title in Portugal: 'D.A.R.Y.L.'
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