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Robot & Frank (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  19 September 2012 (France)
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Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robot (voice)
Robot Performer
James D. Compton ...
Skinny Sheriff
Dana Morgan ...
Additional Robot Performer


In the near future, Frank is a retired catburglar living alone while his successful son, Hunter, tries to care for him from afar. Finally, Hunter gets him a robot caretaker, but Frank soon learns that it is as useful as a burglary aide. As Frank tries to restart his old profession, the uncomfortable realities of a changing world and his worsening dementia threaten to take beyond what any reboot can do for him. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Friendship doesn't have an off switch.


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 September 2012 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Robot i Frank  »

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Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$35,539 (USA) (17 August 2012)


$3,325,638 (USA) (18 January 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Reunites Frank Langella with James Marsden after Superman Returns (2006) and The Box (2009). In Bryan Singer's movie they played uncle and nephew (Perry and Richard White). See more »


After the Robot is switched on for the first time, you can see the reflection of a crew member on the side of Hunter's car, then another time after the Robot goes into the house. See more »


Robot: Frank, that cereal is for children. Enjoy this grapefruit.
Frank: *You're* for children, stupid.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits show various scenes of industrial and research robots performing various tasks, such as walking, gripping everyday items, pouring drinks and serving trays. See more »


Featured in Maltin on Movies: Premium Rush (2012) See more »


Fell On Your Head
Written and performed by Francis and the Lights
Courtesy of Polydor Ltd.
under license from Universal Music Enterprizes
K T T F Music (ASCAP)
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A surprisingly heartfelt movie about a thief and his robot. I enjoyed it and this is a good one time watch. I say B.
6 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"How do you know this whole thing isn't just one big scam?" Frank (Langella) is an ex-jewel thief who is living alone and is getting dementia. Worried about his dad his son Hunter (Marsden) gives him a gift, a robot to help him remember things and help out around the house. At first Frank is opposed until he learns he can teach the robot to be his partner. I wasn't sure what to expect from this movie going in. It looked OK but also had a feeling it was going to be slow and a little dry. I was wrong. While the movie is not at all action packed or exciting it had an original idea that really kept you interested the entire time and I found it to be an enjoyable movie. There is comedy in this and the way its presented makes it seem like this thing could really happen. The movie is actually surprisingly touching and well worth seeing. I just don't know if I'd watch it again, but I'm glad I saw it once. Overall, a good and heartfelt movie that is well worth checking out. I give it a B.

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