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D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)

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

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Joyce Richardson
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Dr. Ellen Lamb
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Elaine Fox
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Dr. Jeffrey Stewart
Ron Frazier ...
General Graycliffe
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Howie Fox
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Mr. Nesbitt
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Turtle Fox
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Sherie Lee Fox
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Mr. Bergen (as Ed L. Grady)
Tucker McGuire ...
Mrs. Bergen
Richard Hammatt ...
Dr. Mulligan
Charlie Gudger ...
Basketball Kid #1
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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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D.A.R.Y.L. - A múlt nélküli fiú  »

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In response to whether acting is work or fun, Barret Oliver states in a 1985 "Star Log" interview: "I think it's fun, but it really is a job. In D.A.R.Y.L. (1985) there was a part where I had to freeze to death and they didn't even use it. It can get kind of frustrating. See more »

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When Daryl gets cash out of the ATM, the baseball kids in the background get out of the car twice (at 26:17 and 26:24). See more »

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Andy Richardson: Dr. What is this?
Dr. Jeffery Stewart: Daryl is not... well he never was completely human.
Andy Richardson: What?
Dr. Jeffery Stewart: Data Analyzing Robot Youth Lifeform. Daryl is an experiment in artificial intelligence. All I can say is he was never meant to leave here and he was certainly not to be with people like yourself.
Turtle Fox: Holy shit! He's a robot?
Dr. Jeffery Stewart: He's more than that Turtle. He's a lot more. See this is the information that we program in Daryl's head and this is where he discharges learned information into the main-frame memory banks.
Turtle Fox: Wow!
Joyce Richardson: I ...
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Charming and original entertainment
6 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

DARYL is an enjoyable and thought-provoking kids' film. The central premise is fantastic and high-concept - a rare thing for children's films. Daryl, a military experiment that combines the body and senses of a child with a microchip for a brain, is set free from his creators and settles in mid-America suburbia with a loving adoptive family. The high-jinks that result from an apparently normal ten-year-old who has super-intelligence living in normal surrounds is light, predictable and great fun in patches.

The coup for this movie, however, is the thought-provocation that arises from the evolution of Artificial Intelligence lifeforms to the point when you can no longer tell them apart from humans. This complex issue is dealt with sensitively and thoughtfully in the context of a film not aimed at philosophers or AI scientists (clearly, however, the topic continued to prey on the mind of one of the screenwriters - Ambrose went on to write the excellent novel, Mother of God, which is the "grown-up" heir apparent to DARYL).

The familiar faces of Mary Beth Hurt, Michael McKean and Josef Sommer are ideally cast in the roles of parents and scientist respectively. Equally, the young actors playing Daryl and best-friend Turtle are excellent. The set-pieces fly through with surface levity and implied poignancy in equal measure (how easy it is to dismantle a computer, how difficult when the computer is encased in the flesh and blood of a child). Stagey action scenes and the odd moment of wooden acting from minor support actors are the major blights on the film. Overall, though, it is fun and entertaining.


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