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Short Circuit (1986)

PG | | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi | 9 May 1986 (USA)
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Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes.

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John Badham
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ally Sheedy ... Stephanie Speck
Steve Guttenberg ... Newton Crosby
Fisher Stevens ... Ben Jabituya
Austin Pendleton ... Howard Marner
G.W. Bailey ... Skroeder
Brian McNamara ... Frank
Tim Blaney ... Number 5 (voice)
Marvin J. McIntyre ... Duke
John Garber John Garber ... Otis
Penny Santon Penny Santon ... Mrs. Cepeda
Vernon Weddle Vernon Weddle ... General Washburne
Barbara Tarbuck ... Senator Mills
Tom Lawrence ... Howard Marner's Aide
Fred Slyter Fred Slyter ... Norman
Billy Ray Sharkey Billy Ray Sharkey ... Zack
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Storyline

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. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Life is not a malfunction. See more »

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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cortocircuito See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$40,697,761
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Newton "flips off" Ben (Fisher Stevens) with a mechanical hand. In My Science Project (1985) Vince (Stevens) did a similar gesture to a motorist tailgating him. See more »

Goofs

No explanation is given as to how Stephanie and Crosby were able to leave while under arrest in a heavily guarded area. Perhaps they were allowed to leave but that doesn't help explain how they were allowed to take a company van which was stolen in the first place. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Number 4: Enemy neutralized. Ladies and gentlemen, objective completed.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Ninja Academy (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Come And Follow Me
(Number 5's Theme from "Short Circuit")
Written by David Shire, Will Jennings and Max Carl
Performed by Max Carl and Marcella Detroit (as Marcy Levy)
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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MEMORABLE CLASSIC probably the inspration behind WALL-E
4 July 2008 | by Deathrow_nzlSee all my reviews

I saw this movie at the pictures This Movie was a Classic back in 1986 I still remember this movie well "NUMBER 5 IS ALIVE" I would have been 7 years old when I watch this movie the reason I am guess it has such a low rating. is cause there have been so many movies in this Genre, Over lets say the last 8 years, Including Short circuit ripoff Wall-E http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0910970/ Anyway it doesn't have the awesome graphics Wall-E has cause 3d computer graphics didn't really exist in 1986 Wall-E might even have a slightly better story line But you must remember Short Circuit was the original and did not have 100s of robot friend movies to copy of like wall-e at the time it was made to copy ideas off and revise from, Wall-e received 9 out of 10 Short circuit received 6 out of 10 I feel Short Circuit have been very hard done by for being a old movie. Anyway thats my piece its up to you to make the right choice when you vote.


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