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Short Circuit (1986)

 -  Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi  -  9 May 1986 (USA)
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Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes.

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Tim Blaney ...
Number 5 (voice)
Marvin J. McIntyre ...
Duke
John Garber ...
Otis
Penny Santon ...
Mrs. Cepeda
Vernon Weddle ...
General Washburne
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Senator Mills
Tom Lawrence ...
Howard Marner's Aide
Fred Slyter ...
Norman
Billy Ray Sharkey ...
Zack
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Storyline

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 <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Life is not a malfunction. See more »

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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

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9 May 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cortocircuito  »

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$40,697,761 (USA)
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The gangster movie featuring George Raft that Number 5 is watching, and later imitating (using Raft's famous "coin flipping") is Scarface (1932). See more »

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Number 5 is hit by the trash robot, in the next shot while he is being moved, his mouth cover is gone, and then back on when he is loaded onto the truck. See more »

Quotes

Stephanie Speck: [to N5 reciting TV commercials] OK, you didn't come a million miles to do television commercials, did you?
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Crazy Credits

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 »

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Soundtracks

Who's Johnny
("Short Circuit" Theme)
Written by Peter Wolf (as Peter) and Ina Wolf
Performed by El DeBarge
Courtesy of Motown Records
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25 July 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm sorry, I can't see why this film has been given such a low rating. This film is wonderfully life-affirming through the character of robot Jonny 5 (the scene where he realises what it means to be alive through crushing a grass hopper is beautifully portrayed), Ally Sheedy brings a bucket load of positive energy to the character of the naive but loving Stephanie, and to top it all there is a subtle but powerful comment on American militarism. There is a real emphasis on quality screen writing here which only comes through on a small ratio of films. The characters could easily have become 2 dimensional stereotypes, but instead given some interesting dialogue and motives (science, military etc). Yes it is cheesy, and I think many people label it as a cheap and tacky 80's movie, but having watched it again recently I think history may well judge it a minor classic.


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