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Short Circuit -- Something wonderful has happened--Number Five is alive! Steve Guttenberg and Ally Sheedy co-star in this high tech comedy adventure about Number Five, a robot who escapes into the real world after he short circuits in an electrical storm.
Short Circuit -- Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes.

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Writers:
S.S. Wilson (written by) &
Brent Maddock (written by)
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Release Date:
9 May 1986 (USA) See more »
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Something wonderful has happened... Number Five is alive! See more »
Plot:
Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
I Heart Number Five. See more (88 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ally Sheedy ... Stephanie Speck

Steve Guttenberg ... Newton Crosby

Fisher Stevens ... Ben Jabituya

Austin Pendleton ... Howard Marner

G.W. Bailey ... Skroeder

Brian McNamara ... Frank
Tim Blaney ... Number 5 (voice)
Marvin J. McIntyre ... Duke
John Garber ... Otis
Penny Santon ... Mrs. Cepeda
Vernon Weddle ... General Washburne

Barbara Tarbuck ... Senator Mills
Tom Lawrence ... Howard Marner's Aide
Fred Slyter ... Norman
Billy Ray Sharkey ... Zack
Robert Krantz ... Reporter
Jan Speck ... Reporter
Marguerite Happy ... Barmaid
Howard Krick ... Farmer
Marjorie Card Hughes ... Farmer's Wife
Herb Smith ... Gate Guard

Jack Thompson ... Party Guest
William Striglos ... Party Guest
Mary Reckley ... Party Guest
Shay McLean ... Party Guest (as Lisa McLean)
Eleanor C. Heutschy ... Party Guest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sergio Kato ... Frank (uncredited)

Directed by
John Badham 
 
Writing credits
S.S. Wilson (written by) &
Brent Maddock (written by)

Produced by
Gregg Champion .... supervising producer
Mark Damon .... executive producer
David Foster .... producer
Gary Foster .... associate producer
Dana Satler Hankins .... associate producer (as Dana Satler)
John W. Hyde .... executive producer (as John Hyde)
Dennis E. Jones .... co-producer (as Dennis Jones)
Lawrence Turman .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Shire 
 
Cinematography by
Nick McLean (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Morriss 
 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Judy Taylor 
 
Production Design by
Dianne Wager 
 
Art Direction by
Dianne Wager 
 
Set Decoration by
Garrett Lewis 
 
Makeup Department
Damon Grill .... hair stylist
Tom Lucas .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Steve Perry .... unit production manager (as Steve H. Perry)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gregg Champion .... second unit director
Bryan Denegal .... second assistant director
Jerry Ziesmer .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
John Alvin .... poster artist
Gregg H. Bilson .... property master
Stan Cockerell .... assistant property master
Michael Dunn .... assistant property master
Joseph C. Fama .... construction foreman
Jack Johnson .... illustrator
Martin A. Kline .... storyboard artist
Robert S. McDonald .... propmaker foreman
Michael Muscarella .... construction coordinator
Tom Southwell .... production illustrator
Donald B. Woodruff .... assistant art director
Mark Woods .... lead man
 
Sound Department
Wayne Artman .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Beckert .... sound re-recording mixer
Milton C. Burrow .... supervising sound editor
Richard Burrow .... sound editor
Scott Burrow .... sound editor
Willie D. Burton .... sound mixer
Tom E. Dahl .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert W. Harris .... utility sound
David M. Horton .... sound editor (as D. Michael Horton)
Marvin E. Lewis .... boom operator
Kelly L. Manger .... assistant sound editor
William L. Manger .... supervising sound editor
Richard Oswald .... sound editor
Frank Serafine .... sound designer
Greg Orloff .... foley mixer (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Eric Allard .... robotics special effects supervisor
Tony Allard .... cost controller: Robotics Shop (as George 'Tony' Allard)
Philip Bartko .... robotics leadman
Gary D. Bierend .... special robotics technician
Mike Edmonson .... special effects foreman
Scott Forbes .... special effects foreman
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects coordinator
Richard L. Hill .... special effects foreman
Jeff Jarvis .... special effects supervisor
Larry Keys .... special electrical effects (as Larry 'Big Mo' Keys)
Mark Noel .... special effects
Tom Pahk .... special effects foreman
Christopher S. Ross .... robotic special effects: design interpretation (as Chris Ross)
Jeffrey A. Wischnack .... special effects technician
Mark Yuricich .... special robotics technician
Gary Zink .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
James Balsam .... motion control camera operator
Chris Casady .... special visual effects
Dennis Dorney .... special visual effects
Michael Ferriter .... special visual effects
Rocco Gioffre .... matte artist
Rocco Gioffre .... special visual effects
Robert Hall .... special visual effects
Philip Harrison .... visual consultant
Lesley Mallgrave .... visual effects coordinator
William Reilly .... motion control technician
Nina Salerno .... special visual effects
Keith Shartle .... special visual effects
Hoyt Yeatman .... special visual effects
 
Stunts
Christine Anne Baur .... stunts
Brad Bovee .... stunts
Danny Costa .... stunts
Vince Deadrick Sr. .... stunts
Bob Drake .... stunts
James W. Gavin .... stunt pilot
Clifford Happy .... stunts
Marguerite Happy .... stunts
Bob Harris .... stunts (as Robert W. Harris)
Eddie Hice .... stunts (as Ed Hice)
Freddie Hice .... stunts
Loren Janes .... stunts
Robert Jauregui .... stunts
Tony Jefferson .... stunts
Sasha Jenson .... stunts
Ben Scott .... stunts
John-Clay Scott .... stunts
Walter Scott .... stunt coordinator
Walter Scott .... stunts
R.L. Tolbert .... stunts
Ted White .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen E. Bridge .... camera operator
Colin J. Campbell .... gaffer
Michael A. Chavez .... first assistant camera
Richmond G. Cogswell .... video assist operator
Dick Colean .... camera operator: second unit
John J. Connor .... director of photography: second unit
Donald L. Hartley .... dolly grip
George Llerena .... second assistant camera
Johnny London Jr. .... grip
Tom D. May .... second grip
Bruce McBroom .... still photographer
Ken Nishino .... first assistant camera: second unit
Michael D. O'Shea .... camera operator
Randall Robinson .... first assistant camera: second unit
Bill Roe .... first assistant camera
Bill Rustic .... grip
Robert Samuels .... second assistant camera: second unit
Joe Staton .... second assistant camera (as Joseph Staton)
Michael 'Dutch' Van Woert .... best boy
Bill Young .... key grip (as William C. Young)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barry Francis Delaney .... costumer: men
Mary E. Vogt .... costumer: women
 
Editorial Department
Andy Greenberg .... apprentice editor
Kevin Stitt .... assistant film editor
David Tweet .... apprentice film editor
 
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Marcella Detroit .... composer: song "Come And Follow Me" (as Marcy Levy)
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Joel McNeely .... orchestrator
Timothy R. Sexton .... executive in charge of music
David Tweet .... assistant music editor
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Stan Witt .... music editor
 
Other crew
Eric Allard .... robots engineer
Tim Blaney .... puppeteer
F.X. Christ .... production assistant
Carol Davies .... medical director
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Jan Garner .... production accountant
Mary Cay Hollander .... production coordinator
Mark Indig .... location manager
Robert Jason .... special electrical effects (as Bob Jason)
Solomon J. LeFlore .... production financing
Syd Mead .... consultant
Syd Mead .... robots designer
Walter Nichols .... special electrical effects
David Oliver .... title designer
H. Bud Otto .... script supervisor
Rico Topazio .... puppeteer
Tony Urbano .... animatronic performance supervisor
Tony Urbano .... puppeteer
Sandra Vaughan .... production staff
Karl A. Wickman .... helicopter pilot
Pat Brymer .... puppeteer: robots (uncredited)
Claire Ratliff .... production assistant (uncredited: TV Commercial Shoot for RCA Columbia Home Video / TriStar)
Melissa Smith .... sales and marketing coordinator (uncredited)
 

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98 min
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Trivia:
Three interchangeable radio-controlled heads were built for Number Five so facial expressions could be properly articulated according to the scene.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Stephanie shows Number 5 the sun in the morning. However, they are looking west over the Pacific Ocean, so they are watching the sun setting, not rising.See more »
Quotes:
Ben Jabituya:I have seen some strange, bizarre drivers, but you. You will be awarded a cake.See more »
Soundtrack:
Come And Follow MeSee more »

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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
I Heart Number Five., 19 April 2004
Author: Pepper Anne from Orlando, Florida

Short Circuit is an off-the-wall comedy about a series of robots made of the military. They sort of resemble Conky from the old Pee Wee's Play House series. One of the robots, 'Number Five', escapes and finds sanctuary in the home of Stephanie Speck (Allly Sheedy), a nice lady with a soft spot for runaways.

Speck becomes good friends with 'Number Five' who begins to take on a lot of human characteristics, transcending the static life of a robot or the hostile life of a military weapon, which is what the robots were designed for.

Speck learns that Number Five's owners are looking for him, but she knows that the military would only destroy Number Five or terminate the emotional drive that he has developed. Number Five's designer, Newton Crosby (Guttenberg) and his silly assistant Ben Jabituya (Stevens), have yet to appreciate what Number Five has achieved, as a shell of wires and controls able to take on human qualities, but, soon, they too will join Speck in the quest to save 'Number Five.'

Some of it is kind of reminscint of other 80s sci-fi movies like 'Batteries Not Included' and 'E.T.'

There's two issues at work in this movie. The first, and obvious one being about the development of human emotion and would it be possible for anything to gain an understanding and appreciation for it? And the second being the ethics of military useage. Plus, it's your standard 80s love and friendship story. Because of the story and the sharp wit comedy and sarcasm, it's makes for good comedy. I haven't seen the sequel in a long time, but I do remember enjoying it almost as much as the first. I think that's because 'Number Five' is such a funny, loveable robot.

If you like the theme of this movie, I recommend seeing the hilarious comedy, 'Making Mr. Right,' which is about a robot designed for space exploration rather than military use. But, the robot begins to take on human emotions while the owner becomes increasingly more like a robot. (It's from Susan Siedleman, the director of 'Desperately Seeking Susan.')

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