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Short Circuit 2 (1988)

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

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Johnny 5 (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
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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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Some say he's nuts. Some say he's bolts. But can Number Five make it in the big, bad city? Keep your wires crossed. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Family | Sci-Fi

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$21,630,088 (USA)
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In 2013, a remake of the original film was announced as being in development. Fisher Stevens stated his interest in returning to the franchise. The proposed remake was said to be darker in tone than the original movies. See more »

Goofs

When Sandy is in the taxi looking for Ben, the sign on top of the cab is knocked over in the shot before the car turns onto 16th street. A truck passes in front of the camera, the shot changes, and the sign on the cab is right side up again. See more »

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Fred: I thought you said this thing mis-functioned on you.
Ben Jarhvi: Oh, that is a falsity. What actually happened was we were working on him one day and suddenly he is struck by lightning. And, from this moment on, he's having a mind of his own. So, the government tried to destroy him so he ran away. So, now he's living with my friend in Montana, in a cabin, in the woods, in... cognito.
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Referenced in The Goldbergs: Jimmy 5 Is Alive (2015) See more »

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Bye Bye Love
Written by Felice Bryant and Boudleaux Bryant
Performed by The Everly Brothers
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A beautiful tale, Stevens is brilliant!
11 July 2006 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

I cannot really fault this true gem of a movie. Its massively entertaining, has got great laughs, some moral, an excellent, well sustained plot and well executed by a magnificent cast, namely Fisher Stevens.

Its great that Stevens was credited with the lead role and rightly so, in an improvement from the original outing. Here, we are minus the Badham influence and that becomes clear, with really no breaks in the movies rhythm at any point with tiring government sequences and computer based scenes.

It feels more light-hearted, captures imagination whilst developing the tone of the previous film. Here, now Johnny Number 5, and not just number 5 winds up in the big city absorbing as much input as he could possibly get. He helps build the toy number 5's in what should be a great money spinner for Stevens and his new found partner and watch seller, McKean.

Along the way are the usual difficulties, those being Stevens' attempt to rid the crooks from his happenings, to fit in with society, i.e. girlfriend whilst hoping to prevent the sale of number 5 by McKean when he discovers the truth of the actual cost of the high-tech human bot.

Although the original was still touching and heart-felt, there is more of this in the sequel, its just beautifully coordinated and will remain a classic for many years to come.

Whilst there is no real feel for seriousness in this one, there is moral in every sense. The feeling of want, happiness and success and the idea of making a true friend, albeit in this case, in the form of a robot.

And who has ever heard a non-Indian do an Indian voice as well as that. Very clever, realistic, Stevens is brilliant. I would really love to see this guy performing a great deal more in more prominent roles.

All credit to Stevens and co, in an improvement to the previous adventure. A truly sensational motion picture.


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