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Short Circuit (1986)

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

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Number 5 (voice)
Marvin J. McIntyre ...
John Garber ...
Otis
Penny Santon ...
Mrs. Cepeda
Vernon Weddle ...
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Howard Marner's Aide
Fred Slyter ...
Norman
Billy Ray Sharkey ...
Zack
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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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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

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9 May 1986 (USA)  »

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Cortocircuito  »

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$40,697,761 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director John Badham hired FX man Eric Allard on the merits of his work in Let's Go (1985), a short film about a boy and a robot named Pal. See more »

Goofs

The bed of the waste disposal truck is full as it leaves Nova. But as Johnny 5 falls off, there is a lot of empty space around him and part of the other side of the truck is missing. See more »

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Number 5: Escape, escape! Please, hide! Refuge!
Stephanie Speck: What are you afraid of? What's the matter with you?
Number 5: N.O.V.A. robotics, disassemble, dead! Disassemble, Number 5 dead!
Stephanie Speck: But you can't die, you're a machine!
Number 5: No.
Stephanie Speck: No, you're not a machine?
Number 5: Yes!
Stephanie Speck: Yes you are, or yes you're not?
Number 5: Yes...
Stephanie Speck: Yes, what?
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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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Who's Johnny
("Short Circuit" Theme)
Written by Péter Wolf (as Peter) and Ina Wolf
Performed by El DeBarge
Courtesy of Motown Records
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"A wonderful film"
26 April 2004 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a great comedy and family film. No. 5 is a cute, friendly and fun filled robot. After he becomes struck by lightning and runs away from the Nova, he is at first just a curious wonderer, until he runs into Stephanie's house. Stephanie is this young woman who loves animals and finds No. 5 to be this innocent looking robot who she takes into her house. No. 5 keeps saying "Malfunction.

Need input." So Stephanie lets No. 5 reed all her encyclopedias then lets him watch the T.V. all night.

After all the initial fun and "input" the chase begins when No. 5 realises that the people from Nova are after him and want to dismantle him. Because they think he's malfunctioning.

"No dismantle! Not malfunction. No. 5 is alive!" Are what No. 5 says. And N. 5 has to go through a number of obstacles to avoid being destroyed by these soldiers and a ruthless general who will do anything to permanently shut No. 5 down. But No. 5 is just too smart. He out smarts military men in many was, using all these tricks he has up his sleeves...or in his massive memory bank.

So overall if you have a heart then No. 5 is the perfect friend. He will truly capture your heart.


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