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The Electric Grandmother (1982)

A trio of children and their father, get a very special robot grandmother to assist them.


Noel Black


Ray Bradbury (teleplay by), Jeffrey Kindley (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview:
Maureen Stapleton ... Grandmother
Edward Herrmann ... Father
Paul Benedict ... Guido Fantoccini
Tara Kennedy ... Agatha
Robert MacNaughton ... Tom
Charles Fields ... Timothy (as Charlie Fields)
Madeleine Sherwood ... Aunt Clara (as Madeleine Thornton-Sherwood)
Truman Gaige Truman Gaige ... Old Tom / Narrator
Richard Whiting Richard Whiting ... Old Timothy
Dortha Duckworth ... Grandma Neighbor
Paula Trueman ... Old Agatha


To a family whose children are traumatized by the death of their mother, help comes in a most bizarre way. They receive three pieces, that when joined together, give a recording for an offer for an electric grandmother. They go to a bizarre factory, where they customize their new grandmother, and within a short time, she arrives. The android is equipped with everything needed as a parent and the boys are charmed. The daughter, however, still misses her mother and she bears no welcome for this interloper... Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Family | Sci-Fi


Did You Know?


The film is based on the 1969 short story "I Sing the Body Electric" by Ray Bradbury which was itself based on The Twilight Zone: I Sing the Body Electric (1962), the only episode of The Twilight Zone (1959) that he wrote. See more »


Guido Fantoccini: Oh, come on, Amanda.
Agatha: It's not Amanda! It's Agatha!
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Remake of The Twilight Zone: I Sing the Body Electric (1962) See more »

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Creepy, but I want to see it again
19 June 2005 | by OmegaWolf747See all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie back in the 80s when they showed it to us in grade school. I remember it being rather creepy, like when the grandmother plugged herself into the wall and rocked back and forth. It made this loud noise that bugged the hell out of me.

However with the passing of time and me being an adult now, I'd like to give this movie a second look and see how I'd like it now. I hated some movies as a little kid that I think I might like now and loved some as a kid that I don't like anymore. Strange how time does that. I'm pretty sure I'd like this movie a lot now because I dig sci-fi. The movie did have some very touching moments in it.

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17 January 1982 (USA) See more »

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Highgate Pictures See more »
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1.33 : 1
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