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Bicentennial Man (1999)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  17 December 1999 (USA)
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Reviews: 356 user | 93 critic | 31 from Metacritic.com

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



(short story "The Bicentennial Man"), (novel), 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dennis Mansky - Head of NorthAm Robotics


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

17 December 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Andrew Martin  »

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Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$58,220,776 (USA) (26 May 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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Despite the fact that this was filmed in the standard spherical format, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits. See more »


When Andrew first arrives in San Francisco and watches Galatea at the market the couple walking behind him shows up multiple times in the same position as the view switches back and forth. See more »


Andrew Martin: I try to make sense of things. Which is why, I guess, I believe in destiny. There must be a reason that I am as I am. There must be.
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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Flubber (2010) See more »


Mesicku na nebi hlubokóm (Rusalka's Song to the Moon)
from "Rusalka"
Music by Antonín Dvorák
Words by Jaroslav Kvapil (as Kvapil Jaroslav)
Performed by Lucia Popp
Courtesy of Arts Music
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A fable, beyond the myth of HAL 2000 -- a film for mature consumption and appreciation
2 January 2000 | by (sf, usa) – See all my reviews

Isaac Asimov, scientist, anthropologist, and philosopher all in one, thought of this Robotic subject beyond the mere joy of fantastic possibilities of computer technology -- it's a more encompassing inquiry to what if a Robot thinks, feels, loves, and yes, wants to be accepted as a human, the imperfections and all!

This Chris Columbus directed movie, with the ever-eloquent Robin Williams, and radiant double deliveries (two character portrayals) by Embeth Davidtz, is not the usual Robin Williams comedy fare. It's not "Flubber" or "Mrs. Doubtfire"; it's a philosophical fable at best. It's the reverse of John Boorman's "Zardoz" (1973), where man wanting to be eternally youthful -- here, Robot Andrew (Robin Williams) does not want to be immortal. He wants to experience and feel life, and with a beloved human companion.

This Robotic journey spanning decades, gives us life lessons, prompts us to think reflectively on questions of life and living, growing old and resignation to death. The point filtered through Portia (Embeth Davidtz) that being human is to risk and make mistakes/wrong decisions, hearkens to a quote by John Cage: "Computers are always right, but life isn't about being right."

Film score is by James Horner ("Legends of the Fall", "Braveheart", "Titanic"). Location shots include San Francisco landmarks with added air transport images (likened to "The Fifth Element") in a futuristic sky. There are no explosive actions or flying bullets, it's an immortal tale about the acceptance of being a mortal human.

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