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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 »
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Awards:
1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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Great fun for kids and adults See more (81 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
John W. Hyde .... executive producer
Dennis E. Jones .... co-producer (as Dennis Jones)
Lawrence Turman .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Shire 
 
Cinematography by
Nick McLean 
 
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
 
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
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
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
Bill Roe .... first assistant camera
Bill Rustic .... grip
Robert Samuels .... second assistant camera: second unit
Joseph Staton .... second assistant camera
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
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
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)
Melissa J.L. Smith .... sales and marketing coordinator (uncredited)
 

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98 min
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Trivia:
At the beginning of the movie, you see a close-up of flowers on a green field, and then the tanks roll over them. This resembles James Cameron's style (see also The Terminator (1984)).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The military men used in the robot demonstration are supposed to be dummies. But when the convoy is first shown, the driver of the first jeep can be seen readjusting his grip on the steering wheel.See more »
Quotes:
Number 5:Benjamin Jabituya, delete.
Benjamin Jabituya:No, wait! Rethink yourself!
Number 5:Exit. Depart. Leave.
Benjamin Jabituya:Eat my dust, Newton Crosby. Let us break wind.
[leaves]
Number 5:Newton Crosby, no run, no talk, drive.
[Crosby stalls]
Number 5:Today, Crosby! Today!
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Soundtrack:
Who's JohnnySee more »

FAQ

Is 'Short Circuit' based on a book?
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20 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Great fun for kids and adults, 27 November 2001
Author: Daniel (TERMINATOR180) from United States

What makes this movie so entertaining? It could be a number of things: A cute robot, a good cast, great comedy, and John Badham, the director that can take a low budget film and make it into a classic (such as his previous work, Saturday Night Fever, which was alot more vulgar) Or Maybe it's just fun to watch all of the neat little gadgets Number 5 has, showing that some of the least expensive things can be made to look high-tech.

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