Number 5, one of a group of experimental military robots, undergoes a sudden transformation after being struck by lightning. He develops self-awareness, consciousness, and a fear of the reprogramming that awaits him back at the factory. With the help of a young woman, Number 5 tries to evade capture and convince his creator that he has truly become alive.
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Life is not a malfunction.
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Did You Know?
Puppeteer Tim Blaney
was selected to voice and operate Number 5 on set, after John Badham
heard Blaney's robot voice and liked it. Blaney was originally intended to supply only a placeholder voice for Number 5 during filming, which was to be dubbed over later by another voice actor. After three months of filming, the crew got so used to hearing Blaney's voice as Number 5 that they could not imagine anyone else in the role, and so Blaney was officially cast. See more
When No.5 is being shot at and he leaps from the rear of the NOVA van, on impact his left track breaks and peels off. See more
Yes, I'd like to speak to one of your head warmongers, please.
Dr. Warmonger - I mean, Dr. Marner!
The credits are played out over a montage of scenes from the movie, including a pair of scenes that failed to make the final cut. One involves an encounter between Number 5 and a toy robot, the other involves a scene in a scrap yard where a scrapped car that Number 5 is currently sitting in is crushed. See more
Referenced in Wayne's World
("Short Circuit" Theme)
Written by Péter Wolf
(as Peter Wolf) and Ina Wolf
Performed by El DeBarge
Courtesy of Motown Records See more