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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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Meet a modern nuclear family unlike any other. See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor electrónico See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Cruz, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (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

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In a 1982 newspaper interview, Andy Kaufman said his voice for Val-Com was based on a combination of Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. See more »

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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 »

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[Catskill, the robot comedian, has just given his power pack to Phil, the baby robot]
Aqua: Catskill's pack still has 42% power left, which Phil can now use. But how can Catskill have so much power left?
[Val checks Catskill's power gauge]
Val: Apparently, he has been selecting low-power jokes. Catskill, why did you give Phil your power? Why?
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Before the Universal logo, Crimebuster introduces himself for over a minute. See more »


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THE BREAK
Performed by Kat Mandu
Courtesy of Dee Jay Productions
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Obscure for good reasons
24 October 2009 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

If you have witnessed Andy Kaufman's slant on comedy, you may understand why I avoided this movie of his for years. Actually, for most of that time, I couldn't see it even if I wanted to - video stores in my area didn't stock it, and it never appeared on TV. I had to rent it online when recently I finally got the courage to give it a try.

My heart sank during the first few seconds of the movie. The comedy in this opening is both very familiar and unfunny, and the movie manages to sink further and further as it goes on. There's barely a story here, with the bulk of the movie consisting of the robots wandering around... and around... and around until you want to scream. It doesn't help that the robot characters are a turn-off. They don't have much of a personality (they seem very stupid - why should we care about stupid characters?), and their voices are very annoying to the ear.

The makeup is good, I'll admit. But it seems odd that they spent time for the makeup when not bothering to present the rest of this world as a futuristic world (the vehicles of this world, for one thing, are present-day gas-powered vehicles.) It's even more odd to consider that no one involved with this movie realized along the way that this project was a train wreck.


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