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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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On a remote space laboratory, Android Model MAX 404 has learnt how to live...and learnt how to kill! See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1983 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Android See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The pneumatic air-hiss of the doors opening and closing was created by the sound effects editor, who aimed a can of compressed air into a five-gallon plastic water jug. He would pull the tube of the air nozzle out of the jug while pressing the button, which produced the doors' sound. 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 android Max 404 is listed as being played by "HIMSELF". See more »

Connections

Edited into Critters 4 (1992) See more »

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It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World
Written by James Brown and Betty Newsome
Performed by James Brown
Polydor Records/Chappel Music
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a vastly underrated classic
2 January 2006 | by webmaster-625See all my reviews

Craggy old Klaus Kinski lives with his awkward assistant Max on a space station, developing a female android. Max spends his time playing old arcade games and researching the human condition - (I heard somewhere that the external shots of the space station were done by creating a model station from a display case which used to house watches or jewelry!) Into this scenario comes band of escaped convicts on a space ship badly damaged during their escape ...

There is humour in this film but it is of a very dark shade. The LACK of special effects ADDS to the "reality" of the film.

A couple of really unexpected plot twists along the way - I rate it a "9" which is the highest I have ever given a film on the IMDb


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