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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Any time you see Number 5's arm or hand doing something without the rest of him in the frame, its because the robot puppet was not capable of doing the action. Like rolling up the window, opening storage compartments, et cetera. See more
Number 5 is hit by the trash robot, in the next shot while he is being moved, his mouth cover is gone, and then back on when he is loaded onto the truck. See more
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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
Featured in I Love the 80's 3-D: 1986
("Short Circuit" Theme)
Written by Péter Wolf
(as Peter Wolf) and Ina Wolf
Performed by El DeBarge
Courtesy of Motown Records See more