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Spare Parts -- Four undocumented Mexican-American high school students from Phoenix, Arizona form a robotics club with their teacher with nothing but spare parts and a dream to compete against MIT in a National Underwater Robotics Competition.
Spare Parts -- Four Hispanic high school students form a robotics club. With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country's reigning robotics champion, MIT.
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Spare Parts -- Four Hispanic high school students form a robotics club. With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country's reigning robotics champion, MIT.
Spare Parts -- Four Hispanic high school students form a robotics club. With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country's reigning robotics champion, MIT.


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Joshua Davis (based on the Wired Magazine article "La Vida Robot" by)
Elissa Matsueda (screenplay)
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Release Date:
5 June 2015 (Mexico) See more »
It takes a team to build a dream
Four Hispanic high school students form a robotics club. With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country's reigning robotics champion, MIT. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Smooth, nicely paced, well-grounded feel-gooder See more (25 total) »


  (in credits order)

George Lopez ... Fredi Cameron

Marisa Tomei ... Gwen Kolinsky

Jamie Lee Curtis ... Ms. Karen Lowry

Carlos PenaVega ... Oscar Vazquez

José Julián ... Lorenzo Santillan (as Jose Julian)

David Del Rio ... Cristian Arcega
Oscar Javier Gutierrez II ... Luis Aranda (as Oscar Gutierrez)

Alessandra Rosaldo ... Mrs. Vazquez

J.R. Villarreal ... Hector

Aubrey K. Miller ... Maddy Kolinsky (as Aubrey Miller)

Kevin Wiggins ... Barrows

Alexa PenaVega ... Karla
J.R. Murrieta ... Male Announcer
Nicole Brady ... Female Announcer
Edward McGinty ... Williams (Judge) (as Ed McGinty)

David House ... Duncan (Judge)

Mia Riverton ... Bank Manager

Travis Armstrong ... Army Man

Steven Michael Quezada ... McGarry

Chris Ranney ... Hardware Cashier

Johnnie Hector ... Store Owner

Esodie Geiger ... Laundry Owner

Ray Aguayo ... Ramiro Santillan

Esai Morales ... Pablo Santillan

Maria Bethke ... Mrs. Arcega

Romi Dias ... Mrs. Aranda

Ross Shaw ... College Boy

Elizabeth Small ... Lizzy

Erik Gonzales ... Asher
Frank Andrade ... Teen Boy

Amber Midthunder ... Nikki

Casey Messer ... Attractive Shopper

Sherman Allen ... Awards MC

Stafford Douglas ... MIT Boy
Gerardo Ortiz ... Gerry
Keynan Mickens ... Color Guard

Sean McNamara ... Fuzzy Wolf (as Sean Patrick McNamara)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Blackburn ... Dad (uncredited)

Paul Caster ... Competition Judge (uncredited)

Jon McGarrah ... Michigan Team Coach (uncredited)
Ronald Mizrahi ... Coach Duke U (uncredited)
Will Ontiveros ... Teacher (uncredited)

Johnny Palomarez Jr. ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)

Akshay Patel ... Student (uncredited)

Jaime Powers ... Flash Photographer (uncredited)
Damon Somers ... Green Team Contender (uncredited)
Louise Stange-Wahl ... Spectator (uncredited)

Kaelee Vigil ... Student (uncredited)
Barry R. White ... Faculty Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Sean McNamara 
Writing credits
Joshua Davis (based on the Wired Magazine article "La Vida Robot" by)

Elissa Matsueda (screenplay)

Produced by
David Alpert .... producer
Jennifer Booth .... line producer
Rick Jacobs .... producer
Leslie Kolins Small .... producer
George Lopez .... producer
James M. McNamara .... executive producer
Sean McNamara .... executive producer
Brent Morris .... associate producer
Ben Odell .... producer
Paul Michael Perez .... co-producer
Original Music by
Andrés Levin 
Cinematography by
Richard Wong 
Film Editing by
Maysie Hoy 
Casting by
Jo Edna Boldin 
J.C. Cantu 
Production Design by
Robb Wilson King 
Set Decoration by
Susan Magestro 
Costume Design by
Durinda Wood 
Makeup Department
Gretchen Bright .... makeup department head
Megan Daum .... key hair stylist
Jeri La Shay .... makeup artist
Mary Hedges Lampert .... hair dept. head
Bonnie Masoner .... makeup artist
Reyna Robinson .... hair stylist
Production Management
Jennifer Booth .... unit production manager
John Portnoy .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Brookwell .... second unit director
Dennis Crow .... first assistant director
Walter E. Myal .... key second assistant director
Sheridan O'Donnell .... first assistant director: second unit
Ann Shimabukuro .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Joe Arnold .... property master
Derrick Ballard .... set designer
Mark Cormack .... assistant property master
Lisa Corradino .... on set dresser
Beth Hansen .... art deparment coordinator
Dylan Kelling .... set dresser
Dale Lotreck .... set dresser
Juan Souter .... leadman
Lucas Stein .... painter
Michael C. Taylor .... construction worker
Joel Waldrep .... graphic design
Sound Department
Joshua Adeniji .... sound effects editor
Michael Baird .... sound designer
Benjamin James Bradshaw .... foley mixer
Ryan Briley .... adr & dialogue editor
Krishna Desai .... assistant sound editor
Chris Diebold .... sound effects editor
Isaiah Duncan .... foley editor
Tess Fournier .... assistant sound editor
Steven Iba .... supervising sound editor
Derek McGinley .... adr mixer
Derek McGinley .... sound effects editor
Andrejs Prokopenko .... sound mixer
Jeffrey Roy .... adr mixer
Lenny Sanchez .... boom sound
Leonard Sanchez .... boom sound
Michael D. Wilhoit .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Sean Cridland .... special effects technician
Margaret Johnson .... special effects foreman
Randy E. Moore .... special effects coordinator
Rhonda Paynter .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Benjamin Conner .... motion graphics artist
Ken Locsmandi .... visual effects supervisor
Matthew Redding .... trailer title: Greenhaus GFX
Dana Shroyer .... visual effects artist
Chris Yi .... visual effects
Glenn Foster .... stunt coordinator
Al Goto .... stunt coordinator
Ruben Rivera Laguna .... stunt double
Jay Torrez .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Liza Bambenek .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Ryan Bushman .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Beau Chaput .... camera operator: "b" camera
Beau Chaput .... steadicam operator
Ursula Coyote .... still photographer
Mike D. Fernandez .... lighting technician
Diana Lee Guzman .... electrician
Ian Hanna .... b dolly grip
Isela Martinez .... electrician
Sean McClellan .... gaffer: underwater unit
Stephen Mullen .... gaffer
Evan Nelson .... second assistant camera
Turtle O'Toole .... camera operator
Jason Prentice .... grip
Anthony Rosario .... digital imaging technician
Eric Steinig .... dolly grip
Mike Warren .... best boy grip
Casting Department
Elizabeth Gabel .... extras casting director
Marie A. Kohl .... casting associate
Lorrie Latham .... extras casting assistant
Travis Zahodnik .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pilar Agoyo .... seamstress
Stefanie Cytron .... costume assistant
Darryl Garcia Jr. .... set costumer
Katie L. Murphy .... key costumer
Aura Sperling Pierce .... key set costumer
Brenda Yanez .... costume production assistant
Editorial Department
Michael Bryant .... assistant digital intermediate producer
Jeff Canavan .... additional editor
Eileen Godoy .... digital intermediate producer
Tom Reiser .... digital colorist
Andre Rivas .... assistant digital colorist
Charlize Toratani .... assistant editor
Shawn Wayman .... editorial post-production assistant
Music Department
Amy Baer .... composer: additional music
Andrés Levin .... soundtrack songs producer (as Andres Levin)
Jonathan McHugh .... music supervisor
Joshua Minyard .... music editor
Filip Mitrovic .... composer: theme song
Ben Zebelman .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Doraifay Estrada .... driver
Andrew Kapuscinski .... transportation
Mike McKenny .... transportation
Mitchell J. Neri .... transportation captain
Jade Peterson .... transportation coordinator
Walter J. Russell .... driver
Other crew
Morgan Aavang .... robot fabrication
Andrew P. Aguilar .... key set production assistant
Martin Carranza Alvarez .... robot consultant
James Belser .... production assistant
Allan Cameron .... robot consultant
Geoff Clark .... robot design/fabrication
Livia Corona .... photo
Sergio Corral .... r.o.v. pilot
Sergio Corral .... robot consultant
Rachel Dworkin .... set medic
Borna Emami .... robot consultant
Parham Emami .... robot fabrication
Jim Forbes .... robot consultant
Steve Forbes .... robot consultant
Rachael Lin Gallaghan .... production coordinator: Santa Barbara Unit
Colin Garza .... production assistant
Anna Kongs .... craft service assistant
Bijan Antonio Lajvardi .... robot consultant
Faridodin Lajvardi .... robot consultant
Dave Lehleitner .... production assistant
Crystal McAlerney .... production coordinator
Cyndy McCrossen .... location scout
Romulo Mena .... production assistant
Norina Michele Morales .... first assistant accountant
Alex Neuperger .... robot fabrication
Erica Neuperger .... robot design/fabrication
Frank Neuperger .... robot consultant
Andy Ochoa .... assistant production office coordinator
Johnny Palomarez Jr. .... Stand In George Lopez
Chelsea Lynn Peterson .... production assistant
Hector Primero .... production assistant
Citlali Quintana .... clearance coordinator
Jeff Rojo .... robot fabrication
Jan Rudolph .... script supervisor
Diserae Sanders .... robot builder
Marcus Schaller .... robot fabrication
Ryan Spalding .... production assistant
Erik Torrez .... assistant location manager
Brenden Wedner .... production assistant
Justin T. Williams .... location manager
Rebecca L. Wilson .... stand in: Jamie Lee Curtis

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated PG-13 for some language and violence
83 min
Sound Mix:
USA:PG-13 (certificate #49327)

Did You Know?

When the principal (Jamie Lee Curtis) gives the club the keys to the old school van, Louis, noting the poor condition and trash that falls out when he opens the door, mentions he saw something similar in a horror movie, much to the chagrin of Jamie Lee Curtis's character. This is a nod to her multiple roles in horror films early in her career.See more »
Continuity: Right before the boys begin their robotics competition, the scoreboard shows Carl Hayes high school in fourth place but the boys haven't even begun competing yet.See more »
Awards MC:Okay folks, everybody take your seats please.See more »
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Smooth, nicely paced, well-grounded feel-gooder, 23 May 2015
Author: A_Different_Drummer from North America

Strange how these sort of "feel good" films -- based on actual events -- used to be more commonplace... and now have somehow become an endangered species..? SPARE PARTS is a serious film. By that I mean they used name stars and gave the film a full 2 hour running length. (Lately you can tell more about a film by the length than any other statistic -- the ones that clock in at exactly 1:25 are usually done on the cheap, intended to be sold to TV right away).

It might not win any Oscars but it is solid entertainment with no hiccoughs or offbeat moments.

For this reviewer, the oddest thing was identifying the "glue." In every story there is a character that the audience comes to identify with, and the actions of this key character often set the tone for how the audience will respond to the whole story.

What was interesting here is that the "glue" was Marisa Tomei, who is both the conscience and the heart of the film -- yet she does not have as much camera time as some of the other characters. She does an outstanding job of grounding the story, from beginning to end.

Highly recommended.

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