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>
Life is not a malfunction.
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$1.4 million of the film's $15 million budget was spent on the creation of the Number Five robot. See more
When Number 5 is driving and listening to the radio, we see the first radio station that he listens to, that is carrying a horse race, is at frequency 94.1. After changing the settings 2 times, he stops at a radio station that is playing music, but the frequency is back to 94.1. See more
[to a possible client, over the phone
Oh... I'm sorry, I - but I just... I have to draw the line at SNAKES. Yeah, I'm sure it would make a wonderful pet - but... Wait, isn't there a home for cobras somewhere?
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 Squid and the Whale
("Short Circuit" Theme)
Written by Péter Wolf
(as Peter) and Ina Wolf
Performed by El DeBarge
Courtesy of Motown Records See more