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Robot in the Family (1994)

A manic search for a valuable relic pits a father, son, and trouble-prone robot against a nasty villain.


(as Mark Richardson),






Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Shamir
Eli Taki / Rashmud / Sashri
Danny Gerard ...
Alex Shamir
Kristina Shamir
Howard Scott Nicoll ...
Derrick McQueen ...
Golddigger (as Patrick Shanley)
Dr. Clayhand
Matthew Locricchio ...
Clyde Baldino
David Shuman ...
Bono Baldino
Jack Shaoul ...
Isaac Shamir / Blind Man
Tom Signorelli ...
Detective Goober
Mr. Marshall
Jane Connell ...
Mrs. Miller


A manic search for a valuable relic pits a father, son, and trouble-prone robot against a nasty villain.

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy


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Release Date:

2 March 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Golddigger  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Don Peoples (the voice of Golddigger) appears in the opening credits but he's uncredited on the end credits. See more »


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26 July 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

For a long time my brothers and I have had a competition to see who can find the worst movie ever based on, terrible acting, bad casting, rubbish effects, awful musical direction and cheesy pointless dialogue.

The competition is over. I found, A robot called Goldigger. Or, as it's called on IMDb A robot in the family.

This film sucks so bad, we had to watch it in 10 minute installments over the course of a week, as any more may have caused damage to our senses, it amazes me that Joe Pantoliano is in this movie! He went on to be in the Matrix of course, and perhaps even better, John Ryhs-Davies is in it too! A far cry from being the mighty Dwarf Gimli I'm sure.

The basic premise for this film is that a Dad builds a robot to look after the children as he is so busy with work (I'm not even sure what it was he did) but under no circumstances would you wish a child to be any where near the highly annoying "Goldigger" as he is named. The voice of the robot made my skin crawl for weeks, very creepy indeed, especially as it wasn't meant to be!

Anyway, there is some plot to do with an evil antique dealer player by John Ryhs-Davies, but I wouldn't want to spoil too much!

I am not ripping on this movie, I suggest everyone sees it, you'll appreciate everything else you ever see afterwards.

Now on with my search to find an even worse movie!

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