Number 5, one of a group of experimental military robots, undergoes a sudden transformation after being struck by lightning. He develops self-awareness, consciousness, and a fear of the reprogramming that awaits him back at the factory. With the help of a young woman, Number 5 tries to evade capture and convince his creator that he has truly become alive. Written by
Jean-Marc Rocher <email@example.com>
Life is not a malfunction.
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Did You Know?
There was a script for a possible third Short Circuit movie written in 1989 and rewritten in 1990, but it was found to be unsatisfactory by the producers, and the project was subsequently scrapped. According to Variety magazine in April of 2008, Dimension Films had bought the rights to make a third Short Circuit movie, in which the plot would involve a boy from a broken family meeting and befriending Number 5. It remains unclear however if this movie will be a sequel to the first two movies, or a remake of this movie. See more
When #5 is confronted by Frank, #5 shoots the brim of Frank's hat off with his laser. Before the laser shot hits the hat, you can see the burnt strip where the brim was attached before it falls off. See more
Life is NOT a malfunction.
The credits are played out over a montage of scenes from the movie, including a pair of scenes that failed to make the final cut. One involves an encounter between Number 5 and a toy robot, the other involves a scene in a scrap yard where a scrapped car that Number 5 is currently sitting in is crushed. See more
Featured in I Love the 80's 3-D: 1986
Come And Follow Me
(Number 5's Theme from "Short Circuit")
Written by David Shire
, Will Jennings
and Max Carl
Performed by Max Carl
and Marcella Detroit
(as Marcy Levy)
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc. See more