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D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)

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A seemingly normal young boy turns out to be a top secret, military-created robot with superhuman abilities.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Beth Hurt ... Joyce Richardson
Michael McKean ... Andy Richardson
Kathryn Walker ... Dr. Ellen Lamb
Colleen Camp ... Elaine Fox
Josef Sommer ... Dr. Jeffrey Stewart
Ron Frazier Ron Frazier ... General Graycliffe
Steve Ryan ... Howie Fox
David Wohl ... Mr. Nesbitt
Danny Corkill ... Turtle Fox
Amy Linker ... Sherie Lee Fox
Barret Oliver ... Daryl
Ed Grady ... Mr. Bergen (as Ed L. Grady)
Tucker McGuire ... Mrs. Bergen
Richard Hammatt Richard Hammatt ... Dr. Mulligan
Charlie Gudger Charlie Gudger ... Basketball Kid #1
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Storyline

A young boy is found wandering without any memory of who he is. A family takes him in and begin to look for clues to help him find his way home. In the meantime, they notice that the boy seems to have certain special abilities, not usually found in kids his age, or even fully-grown adults. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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He can't be kept a secret any longer... See more »

Genres:

Family | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Sony Movie Channel [UK]

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

D.A.R.Y.L. - A múlt nélküli fiú See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,649,832, 16 June 1985

Gross USA:

$7,840,873
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

D.A.R.Y.L. stands for Data Analysing Robot Youth Lifeform, as shown on a screen in Dr Stewart's laboratory at 50:49, where the British spelling of the verb analyze is used. See more »

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When Turtle's mom informs him that DARYL has passed away, he says "He CAN'T be dead! Daryl's a computer! Computers don't die!" and then he is miraculously revived in the next scene by the doctor's computer. DARYL is not a computer, he is a cyborg. Cyborgs still rely on a human body, with respiration and circulation and heart beat. All that is computerized is a chip implanted in his brain. See more »

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Eighties sci-fi fun!
19 October 2007 | by cosmic_questSee all my reviews

'D.A.R.Y.L.' is an adorable little sci-fi children's film from the Eighties and will certainly conjure feelings of nostalgia in those who watched it as children. The film revolves around ten-year-old Daryl, who is found wandering alone in the wilderness and is fostered by childless couple Joyce and Andy Richardson. He quickly befriends their neighbours' son Turtle and goes from strength-to-strength in his new home. However, it soon becomes apparent that Daryl isn't quite normal. His intellect is vast, he has excellent sporting reflexes and acts in an oddly adult manner. Then, when two military scientists turn up at the Richardsons' home to retrieve him, it turns out Daryl is not a human child but a Data Analysing Robot Youth Lifeform, created in a science lab to serve the military. When the military orders that Daryl be destroyed, the fight to save him and return him to the family home where he was loved is on...

Barret Oliver plays the title character of Daryl, gives an effective performance and nicely depicts his character gradually changing from being odd and awkward to acting like a typical boy of ten. Mary Beth Hurt and Michael McKean, as Joyce and Andy, also give good depictions of foster parents desperate for a child, uncertain about the strange nature of Daryl yet coming to love him as if he were their own. Josef Sommer plays the scientist who begins to question the boundaries of what is considered human once he starts to know Daryl, the robot he created, properly. And Ron Frazier, as General Graycliffe who is intent on seeing Daryl destroyed, depicts his character in a suitably loathsome light!

Besides the nostalgia factor for those in their twenties and early thirties, this film will not only be enjoyable for children of today but, as we live in the computer age, brings up very relevant issues that they can consider such as what being a human means and why blood relations doesn't always matter when it comes to family. Daryl, for younger viewers, is the equivalent of Data from 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' so perhaps making this film a good choice for parents wishing to introduce their young kids to the sci-fi genre.

This is definitely an Eighties kids' classic but also one for all the family.


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