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?
The robots are designed very similar to the large fighting machines in the future battle scenes in The Terminator
(1984). See more
In the upper left part of the computer monitor the second time the "malfunction" message is shown. See more
Crosby, what's it gonna do?
Howard it's hard to say, it's malfunctioning, it may not do anything.
But it COULD decide to blow away anything that moves, couldn't it? COULDN'T IT CROSBY?
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 The Cinema Snob: Heartbeeps
("Short Circuit" Theme)
Written by Peter Wolf
(as Peter) and Ina Wolf
Performed by El DeBarge
Courtesy of Motown Records See more