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Short Circuit 2 (1988)

PG | | 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 overview, first billed only:
Johnny 5 (voice)
David Hemblen ...
Tito Núñez ...
Zorro (as Tito Nuñez)
Jason Kuriloff ...
Lili Francks ...
Priest (as Gerry Parkes)


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 »


Comedy | Drama | Family | Sci-Fi


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


When Ben and Fred are sending Sandy the tones for a rescue, we see and hear Ben play the "Help me Rhonda" song 3 times. When Sandy plays the tape back, we only hear that song twice and at a much faster pace. See more »


Johnny Five: [to police officers] I was just on my way to pick up the kids and my wife. My wife, Morgan Fairchild.
Johnny Five: [Being handcuffed] You will book me, Danno? I will make your day? Do not pass go? I'm underage, you know!
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Best Movie Ever Made?
19 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

Short circuit 2 not only has 2 of my favourite actors, Fisher Stevens (whom you may remember from the unconventional yet brilliant "Super Mario Bros.") and Michael McKean (The man who needs a mere two-word introduction: Quality Footware). As a team they are tremendous, and combined with the directorial power that Kenneth Johnson wields, together with the charismatic Johnny 5, Tim Blaney, this movie is unstoppable. On a technical level this movie is definitive and as simple as the plot idea may be it is charming and powerful. This is a modern-day masterpiece, and a unique twist on the classic Frankenstein theme. If I could I would give this movie more than ten. FIVE more than ten!

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