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Deadly Friend (1986)

After his friend is killed by her abusive father, the new kid in town attempts to save her by implanting robotic microchips into her brain.

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Paul Conway (as Matthew Laborteaux)
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Anne Twomey ...
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Harry Pringle
Russ Marin ...
Dr. Johanson
Lee Paul ...
Sergeant Volchek
Andrew Roperto ...
Carl
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BB (voice)
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Angry Resident
Merritt Olsen ...
CAT Scan Technician
William H. Faeth ...
Doctor in Sam's Room (as William H. Faeth M.D.)
Joel Hile ...
Deputy
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Storyline

Paul Conway and his mother Jeannie Conway travel to a new town where Paul will join the local university invited by Dr. Johanson. They bring the robot BB that was developed by Paul, who is a genius in robotic. Paul befriends the paperboy Tom Toomey and has a crush on his next door neighbor Samantha Pringle, whose abusive alcoholic father Harry Pringle frequently hurts her. One day, Paul, Sam, Tom and BB are playing basketball and the ball fall in the field of their paranoid grumpy neighbor Elvira Parker that does not give it back to the teenagers. In Halloween, Tom convinces Paul to let BB open the padlock of the entrance to her house. However, there is an alarm system and Elvira blows up BB with her shotgun. Then Harry pushes her daughter down the stairs and the doctors let her brain-dead connected to the life support. However Paul convinces Tom to go to the hospital to rescue Sam and then he implants BB's chip into her brain resurrecting Samantha. But will she come back to life ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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10 October 1986 (USA)  »

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A.I.  »

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$8,988,731
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Trivia

One of the many original titles this movie had while in development was 'Artifficial Intelligence', later shortened to 'A.I.', until the studio settled on 'Deadly Friend'. Many years later, a movie combining both initial original titles would be released, A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001). Both films were produced by Warner Bros. See more »

Goofs

When Samantha lifts the bully up, you can very faintly see the wires holding him up. See more »

Quotes

Tom: Hey, she's dead? Hey, what the hell are you doing, you didn't say anything about a dead body, we were supposed to save her life!
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An overlooked horror movie from the 80's.
28 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

Deadly Friend is not a bad movie. Looks like alot of critics did not like this movie. But why like a movie like scream? Those movies did not make any sense. Deadly friend had some great scenes. The best I would say is when Sam jumps out the window to attack Paul's friend. This movie had some scary moments. I feel it was overlooked by alot of people. Wes Craven makes good horror movies. He did a great job with this movie. It's really worth watching.


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