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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Something wonderful has happened... Number Five is alive!
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Did You Know?
Many of the little tricks done by Johnny 5 on-screen (like flipping through book pages in a blink of the eye and tossing a washer into the air in a mimic of a scene from an old gangster movie he saw) were done using relatively simple, yet ingenious sleight-of-hand prop effects. For instance, the pages were flipped using an air hose, while the washer was flipped using a piece of string at both ends sideways. Not only did this save money for the producers for the actual robot and the screenplay, but they proved remarkably effective in getting just the right look needed for the scenes. See more
The military men used in the robot demonstration are supposed to be dummies. But when the convoy is first shown, the driver of the first jeep can be seen readjusting his grip on the steering wheel. See more
[about the robots
Originally I had non-military purposes in mind. I designed it as a marinal aid.
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
Referenced in Bum Reviews: Real Steel
("Short Circuit" Theme)
Written by Peter Wolf
(as Peter) and Ina Wolf
Performed by El DeBarge
Courtesy of Motown Records See more