6.6/10
49,526
98 user 42 critic

Short Circuit (1986)

PG | | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi | 9 May 1986 (USA)
Trailer
1:49 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $7.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes.

Director:

Reviews
Popularity
3,450 ( 665)
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Robot Johnny Five comes to the city and gets manipulated by criminals who want him for their own purposes.

Director: Kenneth Johnson
Stars: Fisher Stevens, Michael McKean, Tim Blaney
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Apartment block tenants seek the aid of alien mechanical life-forms to save their building from demolition.

Director: Matthew Robbins
Stars: Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Frank McRae
Adventure | Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In 1978, a boy travels 8 years into the future and has an adventure with an intelligent, wisecracking alien ship.

Director: Randal Kleiser
Stars: Joey Cramer, Paul Reubens, Cliff De Young
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Stars: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The Henderson family adopt a friendly Sasquatch but have a hard time trying to keep the legend of 'Bigfoot' a secret.

Director: William Dear
Stars: John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon, Margaret Langrick
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Three bachelors find themselves forced to take care of a baby left by one of the guys' girlfriends.

Director: Leonard Nimoy
Stars: Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, Ted Danson
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world.

Directors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz
Stars: Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz
Explorers (1985)
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A boy obsessed with 50s sci-fi movies about aliens has a recurring dream about a blueprint of some kind, which he draws for his inventor friend. With the help of a third kid, they follow it and build themselves a spaceship. Now what?

Director: Joe Dante
Stars: Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, Jason Presson
Labyrinth (1986)
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.

Director: Jim Henson
Stars: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud
D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)
Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A seemingly normal young boy turns out to be a top secret, military-created robot with superhuman abilities.

Director: Simon Wincer
Stars: Mary Beth Hurt, Michael McKean, Kathryn Walker
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight diminutive dangers as the father searches for them.

Director: Joe Johnston
Stars: Rick Moranis, Matt Frewer, Marcia Strassman
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Stephanie Speck
... Newton Crosby
... Ben Jabituya
... Howard Marner
... Skroeder
... Frank
... Number 5 (voice)
Marvin J. McIntyre ... Duke
John Garber ... Otis
Penny Santon ... Mrs. Cepeda
Vernon Weddle ... General Washburne
... Senator Mills
... Howard Marner's Aide
Fred Slyter ... Norman
Billy Ray Sharkey ... Zack
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Life is not a malfunction. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 May 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cortocircuito  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$40,697,761
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Number 5: Number 5 is alive.
See more »

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

References The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Who's Johnny
("Short Circuit" Theme)
Written by Péter Wolf (as Peter Wolf) and Ina Wolf
Performed by El DeBarge
Courtesy of Motown Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
"A wonderful film"
26 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is a great comedy and family film. No. 5 is a cute, friendly and fun filled robot. After he becomes struck by lightning and runs away from the Nova, he is at first just a curious wonderer, until he runs into Stephanie's house. Stephanie is this young woman who loves animals and finds No. 5 to be this innocent looking robot who she takes into her house. No. 5 keeps saying "Malfunction.

Need input." So Stephanie lets No. 5 reed all her encyclopedias then lets him watch the T.V. all night.

After all the initial fun and "input" the chase begins when No. 5 realises that the people from Nova are after him and want to dismantle him. Because they think he's malfunctioning.

"No dismantle! Not malfunction. No. 5 is alive!" Are what No. 5 says. And N. 5 has to go through a number of obstacles to avoid being destroyed by these soldiers and a ruthless general who will do anything to permanently shut No. 5 down. But No. 5 is just too smart. He out smarts military men in many was, using all these tricks he has up his sleeves...or in his massive memory bank.

So overall if you have a heart then No. 5 is the perfect friend. He will truly capture your heart.


28 of 34 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 98 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed