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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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BB (voice)
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William H. Faeth ...
Doctor in Sam's Room (as William H. Faeth M.D.)
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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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$8,988,731 (USA)
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Trivia

The theatrical trailer shows parts of the original death scene of Elvira. Also, Samantha is shown in Paul's room saying, "You're so cute", but this scene is not in the actual movie. Since scenes from both the original and the re-shoot version are shown in it, the trailer was probably edited by combining footage from both versions of the movie. See more »

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

Quotes

Sam: [Samantha has a nosebleed] Do you have some ice?
Jeannie Conway: Oh my God. Come on in. Sit down. Paul, get some ice.
[to Samantha]
Jeannie Conway: Hold your head back, back.
[to Paul]
Jeannie Conway: Hurry.
[to Samantha]
Jeannie Conway: What happened?
Sam: Nothing. I just get them sometimes.
Paul Conway: Here you go.
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An artificial Kristy Swanson!? Where can I get on of those???
25 May 2004 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Okay, one of my fellow reviewers here on this site described this film in one marvelous – rather sarcastic – sentence. In fact, it's so well stated that I'm going to steal it for my own review. The premise of Deadly Friend, ladies and gentlemen: `Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy creates lethal cyber-Barbie...'. Deadly Friend introduces Paul, an ultra-intelligent adolescent who build a robot that thinks and handles completely for itself. The robot – B.B – is the purest, most advanced piece of technology ever yet it talks with a peppy, blurry voice. Along with his mother, Paul moves to a new town where he continues his Pointdexter studies and falls in love with his sweet neighbor girl (the yummy Kristy Swanson). The girl is terrorized and eventually killed by her monstrous father, a crazy old woman blows B.B to pieces and Paul snaps. He steals her corpse from the hospital and implants her with B.B's artificial brain. Right from the start, this goes wrong as Kristy avenges her death (and how!). Although the undertone of Deadly Friend is downright comic, there are quite a lot gruesome moments and bloody sequences. The plot is highly unoriginal (actually, some sort of lame Frankenstein-variant), the characters are far from believable and the entire production is perfect to claim Wes Craven is an overrated director. Below average, silly film but with – it has to be said – one of the coolest killings ever! The basketball-decapitation alone is worth at least one viewing of this film.


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