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

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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 ... See full summary »


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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
Danny Corkill ...
Turtle Fox
Sherie Lee Fox
Mr. Bergen (as Ed L. Grady)
Tucker McGuire ...
Mrs. Bergen
Richard Hammatt ...
Dr. Mulligan
Charlie Gudger ...
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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 <>

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He can fly a jet, race a car and outsmart a computer. The government created him and now they want him destroyed. See more »


Family | Sci-Fi


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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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Dr. Ellen Lamb: General, a machine becomes human when you can't tell the difference anymore.
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Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Performed by Teddy Pendergrass
Produced by Nile Rodgers
Available on Elektra/Asylum Records & Tapes
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Underrated classic
10 November 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I love this film and feel it is an underrated classic. Although I am a 90s kid, I am very fond of the movies of the 80s, Amadeus, Clue, Back to the Future, Indianna Jones, Beetle Juice, ET, Annie, Secret of NIMH, NeverEnding Story, Stand By Me, Legend, Princess Bride and Who Framed Roger Rabbit to name a few. D.A.R.Y.L has very nice cinematography, colourful sets and costumes without being too fancy and good special effects, while the soundtrack is cool. I liked the script too, it was funny and heart-warming and the story was engaging and poignant as well as briskly paced. The direction I had no problem with either, while the acting is fine especially with Barrett Oliver who is simply wonderful in the lead. Overall, I think D.A.R.Y.L is a classic, and one of the most underrated films of the 80s if not ever. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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