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Heartbeeps (1981)

Two household robots run away and try to start a family.

Director:

Allan Arkush

Writer:

John Hill
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Kaufman ... Val
Bernadette Peters ... Aqua
Randy Quaid ... Charlie
Kenneth McMillan ... Max
Melanie Mayron ... Susan
Christopher Guest ... Calvin
Richard B. Shull ... Factory Boss
Dick Miller ... Factory Watchman
Kathleen Freeman ... Helicopter Pilot
Mary Woronov ... Party House Owner
Paul Bartel ... Party Guest
Wally Ann Wharton Wally Ann Wharton ... Party Guest (as Ann Wharton)
Barry Diamond ... Firing Range Technician and Catskil Performer
Stephanie Faulkner Stephanie Faulkner ... Firing Range Technician
Jeffrey Kramer ... Party Butler Robot
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Storyline

Val and Aqua are two household servant robots who start feeling emotions for each other. After falling in love, they decide to escape from their servitude and attempt to start a family of their own. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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WANTED - Be on the lookout for this gang of misfit robots See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Val had twelve separate prosthetic facial appliances and Aqua had six. The pieces were applied with matte adhesive, but the inherent instability of gelatin meant that the prosthetics required constant attention. Pearlescent metalllic colors were used for the faces: gold for Aqua, and bronze for Val, with silver highlights. The exposed skin areas were made up to match without any need for adding extrinsic color or foundation on the pre-tinted appliance. See more »

Goofs

When the Crimebuster begins spinning and shooting at Val and Aqua in the junkyard, you can see Calvin on the rear platform long before his character ( and Susan ) jump on Crimebuster to shut it down. See more »

Quotes

Val: God is an irrational unknown variable which humans associate with the value judgement known as goodness.
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Crazy Credits

Before the Universal logo, Crimebuster introduces himself for over a minute. See more »

Connections

Referenced in A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

THE BREAK
Performed by Kat Mandu
Courtesy of Dee Jay Productions
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As an Andy Kaufman fan...
17 February 2004 | by robot-catSee all my reviews

I really wanted to like this movie, but the pacing was just way too slow.

It was a nice story, but it was really like watching a slug race.

The movie would have been better served, if it had some more action. I don't mean anything grand, but at least something in the background.

It could have also been helped by songs that set the tone/mood of the more lengthy periods that were absent of dialogue.

It's been about 10 years since I've seen it, so I may have to give it another chance.

3/10 or *1/2(out of four)


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heartbeeps See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Cruz, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$407,464, 20 December 1981

Gross USA:

$2,154,696

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,154,696
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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