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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Something wonderful has happened... Number Five is alive!
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Did You Know?
One of the subtle ways in which the movie shows Number 5 becoming alive is his gradual transition from referring to himself in the third person to the first person, implying a development of self-awareness. This is particularly evident when he says "I am alive" to Crosby after repeatedly saying "Number five is alive" earlier in the movie. See more
When the disassembled car is first shown, the drive shaft is leaning against the back of the car seat. But when Frank picks it up, it's now leaning against the front of the seat. See more
Life is NOT a malfunction.
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 The Cinema Snob: Heartbeeps
("Short Circuit" Theme)
Written by Péter Wolf
(as Peter Wolf) and Ina Wolf
Performed by El DeBarge
Courtesy of Motown Records See more