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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







Release Date:

17 January 1982 (USA) See more »

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Highgate Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »


Remake of The Twilight Zone: I Sing the Body Electric (1962) See more »

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Great family movie from the early 80's
1 June 2012 | by hardluvSee all my reviews

I loved this movie when I was a kid. This movie has always stuck in my memories. I have looked for a copy of this everywhere but with no luck. Mareen Stapleton (Cocoon 1 and 2) plays the Grandmother perfectly. The kid who plays Tom is also the guy who played the older brother Mike in E.T. It is a great family movie. No blazing special effects or major Stars but just great story telling. I would say that Robin Williams' Bicentenial Man took a page from this story. I saw this movie when I was 8 years old, and only 2 times since and that was in the early 80's, but I remember it perfectly. In a nutshell if you want a feel good simple good family movie, find this and watch it.

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