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?
The Soviet T-72 tank destroyed by the robots during the testing ground demonstration at the beginning of the movie was a fiberglass mock-up built on the chassis of a U.S. M-41 Walker Bulldog tank. As the movie was made during the Cold War years, real Soviet equipment was not obtainable. See more
If Newton Crosby had indeed quit NOVA, he would not have still been driving a company van at the end of the movie. As a terminated employee, he would have had to report to the security department, which would have confiscated all the company property. However, he is never shown to quit formally. He and Stephanie are only shown to take the van and drive away. There is no indication that they stopped anywhere on the way. Yes, it could be argued that they technically stole the van and might have been in trouble for it later, but that's a completely different story. See more
Number 5 is alive.
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
("Short Circuit" Theme)
Written by Péter Wolf
(as Peter Wolf) and Ina Wolf
Performed by El DeBarge
Courtesy of Motown Records See more