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?
In this film and Short Circuit 2
(1988), Johnny 5's voice is provided by puppeteer Tim Blaney
. This casting decision was made due to the director's belief that real-time interaction with the robot prop would make the interaction seem more natural on-screen than if they edited Johnny's voice in during post-production. See more
After Number 5 lands on top of Stephanie's truck, when it arrives at her home he is still watching from the roof. But in the shot when Stephanie is talking with Mrs Cepeda, the truck is visible in the background but Number 5 is not there. Then in the following shot of the truck, he is visible again. See more
With excitement like this, who is needing enemas?
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
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)
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc. See more