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Short Circuit 2 -- Robot Johnny Five comes to the city and gets manipulated by criminals who want him for their own purposes.

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Director:
Writers:
Brent Maddock (writer)
S.S. Wilson (writer)
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Release Date:
6 July 1988 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
Robot Johnny Five comes to the city and gets manipulated by criminals who want him for their own purposes. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A beautiful tale, Stevens is brilliant! See more (50 total) »

Cast

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Tim Blaney ... Johnny 5 (voice)

Fisher Stevens ... Ben Jahveri

Michael McKean ... Fred Ritter

Cynthia Gibb ... Sandy Banatoni

Jack Weston ... Oscar Baldwin
Dee McCafferty ... Saunders
David Hemblen ... Jones

Don Lake ... Manic Mike

Damon D'Oliveira ... Bones
Tito Núñez ... Zorro (as Tito Nuñez)
Jason Kuriloff ... Lil Man

Robert LaSardo ... Spooky
Lili Francks ... Officer Mendez

Wayne Best ... Officer O'Malley

Gerard Parkes ... Priest (as Gerry Parkes)
Adam Ludwig ... Hans de Ruyter
Rex Hagon ... Dartmoor
Rummy Bishop ... News Vendor
Richard Comar ... Mr. Slater

Tony De Santis ... Russian Taxi Driver (as Tony DeSantis)

Eric Keenleyside ... Simpsons Truck Driver
Phillip Jarrett ... Card Hustler (as Phil Jarrett)

Jeremy Ratchford ... Bill
Kurt Reis ... Mr. Arnold
Garry Robbins ... Francis

Ric Sarabia ... Toy Robot Builder

Barry Flatman ... Robotic Company C.E.O.
Jane Schoettle ... Robotic Company Executive
Carlton Watson ... Robotic Company Engineer
Eve Crawford ... Federal Judge
Craig Gardner ... Art Lover
Micki Moore ... Art Lover
Sam Moses ... Clothing Store Owner

Norwich Duff ... Paramedic

Claudette Roche ... Secretary (as Claudette Roach)

Frank Adamson ... Desk Sergeant
Chris Barker ... Bus Driver
Peter Shanne ... Entourage Leader
James Killeen ... Reporter
Patrick Greenwood ... S.W.A.T. Team Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Hale ... Screaming Cop (uncredited)

Ally Sheedy ... Stephanie Speck (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Kenneth Johnson 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Brent Maddock  writer
S.S. Wilson  writer

Produced by
Eric Allard .... associate producer
David Foster .... producer
Gary Foster .... producer
Michael MacDonald .... executive producer
Lawrence Turman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Charles Fox 
 
Cinematography by
John McPherson 
 
Film Editing by
Conrad Buff IV 
 
Production Design by
Bill Brodie 
 
Costume Design by
Larry S. Wells 
 
Production Management
Lacia Kornylo .... production manager
Michael MacDonald .... production manager
Ted Zachary .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Grant Lucibello .... third assistant director
Michael MacDonald .... second unit director
Andrew Shea .... second assistant director
Rose Tedesco .... trainee assistant director
 
Art Department
Tony Allard .... propmaker
Bill Harman .... construction coordinator
Gary Zink .... robot propmaker
 
Sound Department
Tom E. Dahl .... re-recording mixer
Richard Oswald .... sound effects editor
Frank Serafine .... sound designer
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Philip Bartko .... robotics leadman
Gary D. Bierend .... special robotics technician
Mike Edmonson .... pyrotechnician
Mike Edmonson .... special effects assistant
Scott Forbes .... special effects foreman
Scott Forbes .... special effects technician
Bob Hall .... special effects technician
Jeff Jarvis .... special effects coordinator
Arthur Langevin .... special effects technician
John McLeod .... special effects technician
Mark Noel .... special effects
Mike Reedy .... special effects crew
Mike Reedy .... special effects shop foreman
 
Visual Effects by
James Balsam .... motion control camera operator
Rob Burton .... visual effects
Jeff Matakovich .... visual effects
Jody Rogers .... visual editor
 
Stunts
Réal Andrews .... stunts
Kenny Bates .... stunt coordinator
Marco Bianco .... stunts
Kurt Bryant .... stunts
Shane Cardwell .... stunts
Brian Christensen .... stunts
Johnny Goar .... stunts
Ted Hanlan .... stunts
Jamie Jones .... stunts
Brian Kaulback .... stunts
Debbie Kirby .... stunts
Peter Langley .... stunts
Dennis Lundin .... stunt double
Dennis Lundin .... stunts (as Dennis Christensen)
Walter Masko .... precision driver
Cotton Mather .... stunts
Dwayne McLean .... stunts
Alison Reid .... stunts
Tye Tyukodi .... stunts (as Anton Tyukodi)
Ron Van Hart .... stunts (as Ron Vanhardt)
Bob Yerkes .... stunts
Kenny Bates .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Julian Chojnacki .... Steadicam operator
David Knox .... camera operator: "b" camera
Christian Murray .... electrician
 
Editorial Department
Andrew S. Eisen .... assistant editor: Canada
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer
 
Location Management
Beth Boigon .... location manager
Marc Dassas .... location manager
Liam Kiernan .... location assistant
 
Other crew
Ron Annabelle .... boat wrangler
Gary D. Bierend .... special robotics technician
Shelley A. Boylen .... production coordinator
Sherrie Bradshaw .... assistant production accountant
Arthur Clarke .... production assistant
Stephanie Shayne .... adr loop group
Rico Topazio .... puppeteer
Dale Wilmarth .... moldmaker
 

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Runtime:
110 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The alarm system seen on the wall outside of the Radio Shack was purchase from SSI 2000, a security equipment wholesaler.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: This movie is set in an American city, but when Ben is selling his toys at the beginning you can see a sign for an entrance to the Toronto Subway or TTC.See more »
Quotes:
Johnny Five:[assembling Mini-#5] It's me! Isn't that SPECIAL?See more »
Soundtrack:
Bo DiddleySee more »

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful tale, Stevens is brilliant!, 11 July 2006
Author: themovieman3000 from UK

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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