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


Simon Wincer
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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


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 fly a jet, race a car and outsmart a computer. The government created him and now they want him destroyed. See more »


Family | Sci-Fi


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Did You Know?


The movie that Daryl watches on TV while talking with Turtle via walkie-talkies is Forbidden Planet. See more »


During the police chase on the tollway DARYL is driving on the wrong side of the tollway while the police are chasing alongside on the correct side of the highway. While DARYL is driving into oncoming traffic he decides to get off the tollway. On the police radio one of the policemen is heard saying that he (DARYL) is taking an off-ramp. Actually, since DARYL is driving into oncoming traffic he would be taking an on-ramp going the wrong way. See more »


Daryl: What IS a hooker?
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Referenced in Labor Day (2013) See more »


Back To The City
by Ron Keel and Kenny Chaisson
Performed by Keel
Courtesy of Gold Mountain Records, Limited
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Fun and Enjoyable Family Movie
26 November 2003 | by carfloSee all my reviews

I like this movie. It is exactly the type of movie that often makes me so irritated with the critics. I know that it is not a great movie and it doesn't pretend to be. But it is just the type of movie I enjoy watching after a difficult day at work. DARYL and his family and his neighbors are nice decent people. The villains are properly villainous. They humor is light and fun. (I especially like the part where DARYL's mom is telling her friend about all the things DARYL does, like make his bed and iron his cloths.) The ending is wonderful and hilarious.

If you haven't seen it please do. It is fun and enjoyable and it is an excellent family movie.

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Release Date:

14 June 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

D.A.R.Y.L. See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,649,832, 16 June 1985

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Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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