In 1944 Poland, a Jewish shop keeper named Jakob is summoned to ghetto headquarters after being caught out near curfew. While waiting for the German Kommondant, Jakob overhears a German ... See full summary »
Hannah Taylor Gordon,
This film follows the 'life' and times of the lead character, an android who is purchased as a household robot programmed to perform menial tasks. Within a few days the Martin family realizes that they don't have an ordinary droid as Andrew begins to experience emotions and creative thought. In a story that spans two centuries, Andrew learns the intricacies of humanity while trying to stop those who created him from destroying him. Written by
In the original "Bicentennial Man" story by Isaac Asimov, the robot manufacturer was named "U.S. Robots and Mechanical Men". Around 1971, a new modem-manufacturing company took the name "U.S. Robotics", partly to honor Asimov. Unfortunately, since in the movie the robot manufacturing company is not portrayed positively, the real-world company asked the filmmakers to use a different name. Hence, "NorthAm Robotics". There are a few places in the film where you can see the old name and logo. See more »
The final scene in which the nurse robot stops life support systems on request is invalid; the First Law of Robotics would have prevented it. No amount of begging would result in a positronic robot assisting in suicide or euthanasia. In fact, according to Asimov's stories, even witnessing a human being hurt might destroy a robot's positronic brain and the movie acknowledges the Three Laws of Robotics. See more »
I heaven't read the book, but BICENTENNIAL MAN is a very touching and heartwarming movie about a house-robot (Robert Williams) that begins a 200-year journey to become and to be legally recognized as a human. During his journey, he has to face the fact and live with it that all loved ones around him grow older and eventually die while he is immortal.
I think that this was one of Robin Williams' best performances ever, if not the best. He proves that he can either play a 'funny wacky' character but also a serious character that will touch the hearts of the viewers. And this movie does just that.
I like the purity and the innocence of the story and I wonder why this movie has such a low rating. It's a must see for all open minded people.
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