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)
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James D. Compton ...
Skinny Sheriff
Dana Morgan ...
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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 (

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Friendship doesn't have an off switch.


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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?


Throughout the entire film, only once is the robot referred to by anything other than 'Robot'. At approx 36:25 in the movie Mr. Darcy refers to "Robot" as VGC-60L. 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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Quite unexpectedly beautiful
29 January 2013 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

I didn't expect much. Frank Langella is a great old actor, but I don't really like him much. Same for Susan Sarandon. Then it is an indie film, something that just a few people would see in a limited release. So I hoped for something slightly funny, maybe with crazy people that try to seem deep, that kind of stuff. Well, I was mistaken on all counts!

Frank Langella played beautifully his role of an amnesic old man helped by a caretaker robot to plan and execute heists. His son and daughter have minimal roles, as well as most other actors. Susan Sarandon's important role is revealed towards the end. All actors play very well, though the gem of this movie is the story and the little details in the script. Finally I can say that I saw a movie with a fantastic script and am naturally puzzled how this kind of film gets a limited release.

Bottom line: a comedic drama which explores the depth of soul, while taking us through a story that is both original and very well written and executed. The Keystone cops type of thing at the end blew it a little for me, but the rest is top notch and the film is definitely worth the watch.

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