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Bicentennial Man (1999)

An android endeavors to become human as he gradually acquires emotions.

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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 <N2XFYLS@aol.com>

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One robot's 200 year journey to become an ordinary man.

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Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

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Rated PG for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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17 December 1999 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,234,926 (USA) (17 December 1999)

Gross:

$58,220,776 (USA) (26 May 2000)
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Before Chris Columbus worked with Robin Williams on Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), he had seen him in comedy clubs in Los Angeles where he was blown away by his energy. He thought him one of the most impressive minds in terms of comedy. On stage, he was an impressive ball of fire. See more »

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When Little Miss visits Andrew to discuss her proposal from Frank, Andrew cuts off his right thumb. The stub left on his hand clearly shows a clean, straight cut. The severed tip of his thumb is not a clean cut. See more »

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[after Sir explains about sex]
Andrew Martin: It all sounds so very... messy.
Sir: That's... a fair point
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The Very Thought of You
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Performed by Paula West
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Some Prose Is Poetry
17 December 2006 | by (East Syracuse NY) – See all my reviews

For Ray Bradbury the masterwork of perfect poignance is Drink Entire: Against the Madness of Crowds. For Isaac Asimov it is Bicentennial Man. Only Asimov could remake Pinocchio as compelling science fiction. So many have tried to create a sweet and funny story of the machine that would be man, but this is it's perfect telling.

Only Robin Williams could play the unlikely hero of this story with perfect comedic timing and perfect emotional pitch. Embeth Davidtz as his leading lady matches his skills at every turn, and Sam Neill turns in one his best performances as the man who first recognized the irreplaceable uniqueness of his mistuned android.

Bicentennial Man is first rate science fiction – without physical conflict, without wars, without new ways to incinerate each other. In the end, it makes you glad to be a messy human. Watching this truly beautiful film is a wonderful way to spend an evening, and a guarantor of better dreams than you've had in many years.


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