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Android (1983)

PG | | Sci-Fi | 25 March 1983 (Spain)
A strange doctor secretly experiments with androids on his space station. His assistant is Max, a curious android who wants to see the world and meet a girl. Criminals hide on their station and soon violence erupts.

Director:

Aaron Lipstadt

Writers:

James Reigle, Don Keith Opper (as Don Opper) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Klaus Kinski ... Dr. Daniel
Don Keith Opper ... Max 404 (as Max 404)
Brie Howard ... Maggie
Norbert Weisser ... Keller
Crofton Hardester Crofton Hardester ... Mendes
Kendra Kirchner ... Cassandra
Gary Corarito Gary Corarito ... Terrapol: Neptune
Mary Ann Fisher Mary Ann Fisher ... Terrapol: Neptune
Darrell Larson ... Terrapol: Neptune
Ian Scheibel Ian Scheibel ... Terrapol: Neptune
Wayne Springfield Wayne Springfield ... Terrapol: Minos
Julia Gibson Julia Gibson ... Terrapol: Minos
Randy Connor Randy Connor ... Terrapol: Landing Party
Roger Kelton Roger Kelton ... Terrapol: Landing Party
Rachel Talalay Rachel Talalay ... Terrapol: Landing Party
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Storyline

Eccentric scientist Dr.Daniel and his shy, clumsy assistant Max, lead a quiet life on their space station where they carry out illegal research into androids, until they receive an unwelcome visit from three fugitives from justice, one of whom is female. Dr.Daniel and Max are both interested in her, but one of them has rather more sinister intentions than just romance. At first, they all get along, but when one of the criminals becomes psychotic, violence erupts. Meanwhile, the space police is on their trail. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Meet Max 404. He's a little over five years old. He just met his first woman. It's time to get down to Earth. See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1983 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Android See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was released on VHS in Australia in 1986, 4 years after the film's cinema release. See more »

Goofs

The close-up shot of Max's head is obviously a fake head. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Max is listening to Huey Lewis while playing with miniature robots and watching a screen showing the very basics of humans kissing and making love]
Dr. Daniel: [over the intercom] Max.
[Max switches from the video to the scanners]
Dr. Daniel: Max?
Max 404: Yes, Dr. Daniel?
Dr. Daniel: Max, what is that noise?
[Max turns off the music]
Max 404: I was doing some research, Sir.
Dr. Daniel: On what?
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits list: "And introducing Max 404." See more »

Connections

Featured in Critters (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Heavy Artillery
Written and performed by Django Reinhardt
Everest Record Group/Jewel Music
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Great 80s Sci-Fi!
28 April 2003 | by xezlecSee all my reviews

I love eighties films, and I love science fiction. This film is a good example of both, but I have to say it was a bit 'darker' than it felt like it should have been.

The music is classic analog synthesized fun, and the setting is very cool-looking, typical of any early eighties sci-fi movie but with a certain complexity and detail that makes it seem solid and believable.

The acting is absolutely phenomenal. I generally complain a lot about bad, hard-to-believe acting in movies but in this case I have no complaints; there was nothing to distract me from the story. I half-believed that Max was played by a real android (he is credited as "Himself". lol)! The acting was overall believable and appropriately restrained.

The story could have used some work... it was a bit slow-moving and somewhat uninteresting, and the resolution wasn't entirely satisfying due to certain characters who were insufficiently developed. Also I felt that there should have been some slight comic relief, and I think the drama of the situations was not emphasized enough. But, to the story's credit, it did have a couple of nice twists and I think I like the ending.

Overall I think it was worth seeing: much better than most of the junk that comes on at 2 AM!


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