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Short Circuit 2 (1988)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Family  -  6 July 1988 (USA)
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Robot Johnny Five comes to the city and gets manipulated by criminals who want him for their own purposes.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Blaney ...
Johnny Five (voice)
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Sandy Banatoni
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Oscar Baldwin
Dee McCafferty ...
Saunders
David Hemblen ...
Jones
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Manic Mike
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Bones
Tito Núñez ...
Zorro (as Tito Nuñez)
Jason Kuriloff ...
Lil Man
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Spooky
Lili Francks ...
Officer Mendez
Wayne Best ...
Officer O'Malley
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Priest (as Gerry Parkes)
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When Number Five is sent from Newton and Stephanie's ranch to the big city to help Ben with his electronics business, he finds that his robotic talents are wanted by city low-life who want to turn Number Five into profits. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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The adventures of America's most electric leading man continue. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Family | Sci-Fi

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6 July 1988 (USA)  »

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$21,630,088 (USA)
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Trivia

While it is usually accepted the city in the movie is New York, Oscar gives Number 5 a tourism guide with St. Louis on the cover. (It was actually filmed in Canada.) See more »

Goofs

Several thin black antennas can be seen protruding horizontally from Johnny's back in many shots. These antennas are used to receive signals from the puppeteers. See more »

Quotes

[Johnny Five is prompting Ben on his date with Sandy]
Ben Jarhvi: [reading sign] "Tu mama hace el amor con mi perro."
Sandy Banatoni: Wait. I know a little Spanish.
Johnny Five: [waving his arms] Oh, no no no. No no!
Sandy Banatoni: My mother... sleeps... with your dog?
Johnny Five: [covering his eyes] Oh, no!
Ben Jarhvi: Uh, well, that's an expression in-in my country, where, uh, sometimes we are speaking... Spanish. It does not mean that your mother is sleeping with my dog. Oh, no no. It means that, uh, the people that she is sleeping with, they are, they are like dogs!
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Holding Out For A Hero
Written by Jim Steinman and Dean Pitchford
Performed by Bonnie Tyler
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Even better than the original, a magical film
7 April 2000 | by (Taipei, Taiwan) – See all my reviews

Number Five is back! This time he goes to New York City to help his co-creator Ben Jahrvi (Fisher Stevens) making toys-tiny robots that look just like Five. And he has named himself "Johnny Five"! Can you imagine what will happen when Johnny realizes that he's in a big city (No one has told that to him...he was put in a box to be transferred from Montana to where Ben is located...because they know how curious and crazy for input he is) and then goes out exploring just about everywhere?

Johnny talks a lot more like a human than he used to, but people still treat him like a ridiculous-looking machine, they don't know he is alive, and they are not willing to believe it. As Johnny Five helps Ben and his partner Fred Ritter (Michael McKean), we can see Johnny is very intelligent, cheerful, full of life and loves to help. And then, Oscar Baldwin (Jack Weston), a man who's about to steal some really valuable jewelry, notices Johnny's being naive, enthusiastic about helping people and his abilities. He and two other thieves proceed to cheat and use Johnny Five. But Johnny will go chasing them soon after he's aware of what has happened. The movie is dramatic, breath-taking, dynamic and heart-warming.

Interestingly, the endings of the original and of the sequel are quite opposite in some way, but they are both happy ones. Tim Blaney, as the voice of Johnny Five, successfully brought the character to life. Michael McKean as Fred, a smart, a little bit greedy salesman, who basically is not a bad guy. He played so beautifully that he made Fred become a very charming guy!

I want to thank the creators, the entire cast and the crew for this extraordinary work. Also, the soundtrack is great. Johnny Five is so charismatic, When you watch this film you will fall in love with this remarkable life form immediately!


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