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Short Circuit (1986)

PG  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Blaney ...
Number 5 (voice)
Marvin J. McIntyre ...
John Garber ...
Penny Santon ...
Mrs. Cepeda
Vernon Weddle ...
General Washburne
Senator Mills
Tom Lawrence ...
Howard Marner's Aide
Fred Slyter ...
Billy Ray Sharkey ...


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 <>

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Life is not a malfunction. See more »


Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

9 May 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cortocircuito  »

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$40,697,761 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Director John Badham and Ally Sheedy previously collaborated in War Games. See more »


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Number 5: Hey, laser lips, your mama was a snow blower.
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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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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)
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Great fun for kids and adults
27 November 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What makes this movie so entertaining? It could be a number of things: A cute robot, a good cast, great comedy, and John Badham, the director that can take a low budget film and make it into a classic (such as his previous work, Saturday Night Fever, which was alot more vulgar) Or Maybe it's just fun to watch all of the neat little gadgets Number 5 has, showing that some of the least expensive things can be made to look high-tech.

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