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
The story that inspired this (Isaac Asimov's "The Bicentennial Man") was originally a novelette that was published in 1976 as a part of Asimov's "Robot" series and won both a Hugo Award and the Nebula Award that year. It formed the basis for the novel "The Positronic Man" which was written by Asimov and Robert Silverberg and published in 1993. See more »
The delivery van that brings Andrew is supposed to be Electric, but it has a tailpipe which are not required for this type of vehicle. This is not a goof if the vehicle is a hydrogen or similarly powered vehicle which while running on electricity would have a water by-product which needs an exhaust pipe. 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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