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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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Stephanie Speck
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Newton Crosby
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Ben Jabituya
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Howard Marner
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Skroeder
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Frank
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Number 5 (voice)
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Duke
John Garber ...
Otis
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Mrs. Cepeda
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General Washburne
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Senator Mills
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Howard Marner's Aide
Fred Slyter ...
Norman
Billy Ray Sharkey ...
Zack
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Reporter
Jan Speck ...
Reporter
Marguerite Happy ...
Barmaid
Howard Krick ...
Farmer
Marjorie Card Hughes ...
Farmer's Wife
Herb Smith ...
Gate Guard
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Party Guest
William Striglos ...
Party Guest
Mary Reckley ...
Party Guest
Shay McLean ...
Party Guest (as Lisa McLean)
Eleanor C. Heutschy ...
Party Guest
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Cameraman (uncredited)
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Frank (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Badham

Written by

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S.S. Wilson ... (written by) &
Brent Maddock ... (written by)
 
Jay Tarses ... (written by) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Gregg Champion ... supervising producer
Mark Damon ... executive producer
David Foster ... producer
Gary Foster ... associate producer
Dana Satler Hankins ... associate producer (as Dana Satler)
John W. Hyde ... executive producer (as John Hyde)
Dennis E. Jones ... co-producer (as Dennis Jones)
Lawrence Turman ... producer

Music by

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David Shire

Cinematography by

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Nick McLean ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Frank Morriss

Editorial Department

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Donah Bassett ... negative cutter (as Donah J. Basset)
Andy Greenberg ... apprentice editor
Jeff Jones ... film editor
Dallas Puett ... film editor
Kevin Stitt ... assistant film editor
David Tweet ... apprentice film editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Jane Feinberg
Mike Fenton
Judy Taylor

Art Direction by

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Dianne Wager

Set Decoration by

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Garrett Lewis

Makeup Department

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Damon Grill ... hair stylist (as Damion Grill)
Tom Lucas ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Steve Perry ... unit production manager (as Steve H. Perry)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Gregg Champion ... second unit director
Tom Davies ... first assistant director: second unit
Bryan Denegal ... second assistant director
Vicki Jackson-Lemay ... second assistant director: second unit (as Vicki Jackson Lemay)
Jerry Ziesmer ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Gregg H. Bilson ... property master
Stan Cockerell ... assistant property master
Michael Dunn ... assistant property master
Joseph C. Fama ... construction foreman (as Joseph Fama)
Jerry Gadette ... standby painter
Ron Gress ... painter
Philip C. Hurst ... greensman (as Phil Hurst)
Jack Johnson ... illustrator
Martin A. Kline ... illustrator (as Marty Kline)
Dick Lasely ... illustrator
Michael Muscarella ... construction coordinator (as Michael A. Muscarella)
Lee Orlikoff ... swing gang
David Schwartz ... mold maker foreman
Tom Southwell ... illustrator
Donald B. Woodruff ... assistant art director
Mark Woods ... lead man
John Alvin ... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Flores ... set dresser (uncredited)
Robert S. McDonald ... propmaker foreman (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Wayne Artman ... re-recording mixer
Tom Beckert ... re-recording mixer
Milton C. Burrow ... supervising sound editor
Richard Burrow ... sound editor
Scott Burrow ... sound editor
Willie D. Burton ... sound mixer
Tom E. Dahl ... re-recording mixer
Robert W. Harris ... utility sound (as Robert Harris)
David M. Horton ... sound editor (as D. Michael Horton)
Marvin E. Lewis ... boom operator
Kelly L. Manger ... assistant sound editor
William L. Manger ... supervising sound editor
Richard Oswald ... sound editor
Frank Serafine ... voices synthesizer: robots
Greg Orloff ... foley mixer (uncredited)
John Roesch ... foley artist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Eric Allard ... robotics special effects supervisor
Tony Allard ... cost controller
Philip Bartko ... robotics leadman: first unit
Richard Chronister ... electronics foreman
Chuck Gaspar ... special effects coordinator
Jeff Jarvis ... special effects foreman
Larry Keys ... special electrical effects (as Larry 'Big Mo' Keys)
Terri King ... robotics leadman: second unit (as Terry King)
Mark Noel ... foreman: robot shop
Tom Pahk ... model foreman
Christopher S. Ross ... robotic special effects: design interpretation (as Chris Ross)
Gordon Seitz ... special effects crew
Mike Sorensen ... mechanical designer (as Michael Sorensen)
Gary D. Bierend ... special robotics technician (uncredited)
Mike Edmonson ... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Scott Forbes ... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Richard L. Hill ... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Jeffrey A. Wischnack ... special effects technician (uncredited)
Mark Yuricich ... special robotics technician (uncredited)
Gary Zink ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Chris Casady ... special visual effects
Dennis Dorney ... special visual effects
Michael Ferriter ... special visual effects
Michael L. Fink ... visual effects consultant
Rocco Gioffre ... special visual effects
Rhonda C. Gunner ... video and graphic displays
Robert Hall ... special visual effects
Philip Harrison ... visual consultant
Richard E. Hollander ... video and graphic displays
Gregory L. McMurry ... video and graphic displays
Nina Salerno ... special visual effects
Keith Shartle ... special visual effects
John C. Wash ... video and graphic displays
Hoyt Yeatman ... special visual effects
James Balsam ... motion control camera operator (uncredited)
Rocco Gioffre ... matte artist (uncredited)
Lesley Mallgrave ... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
William Reilly ... motion control technician (uncredited)

Stunts

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Christine Anne Baur ... stunts (as Christine Baur)
Brad Bovee ... stunts
Danny Costa ... stunts
Vince Deadrick Sr. ... stunts
Bob Drake ... stunts
James W. Gavin ... stunt pilot
Clifford Happy ... stunts (as Cliff Happy)
Marguerite Happy ... stunts
Bob Harris ... stunts (as Robert Harris)
Eddie Hice ... stunts (as Ed Hice)
Loren Janes ... stunts
Robert Jauregui ... stunts
Tony Jefferson ... stunts
Sasha Jenson ... stunts
Steve Perry ... stunts
Ben Scott ... stunts
John-Clay Scott ... stunts
Walter Scott ... stunt coordinator
R.L. Tolbert ... stunts
Ted White ... stunts
Freddie Hice ... stunts (uncredited)
Walter Scott ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Stephen E. Bridge ... camera operator (as Steve Bridge)
Colin J. Campbell ... gaffer
Michael A. Chavez ... first assistant camera (as Michael Chavez)
Richmond G. Cogswell ... video assist operator
Dick Colean ... camera operator: second unit
John J. Connor ... director of photography: second unit (as John Connor)
Donald L. Hartley ... dolly grip
George Llerena ... second assistant camera
Johnny London Jr. ... grip
Tom D. May ... second grip (as Thomas May Jr.)
Bruce McBroom ... still photographer
Ken Nishino ... first assistant camera: second unit
Michael D. O'Shea ... camera operator (as Michael O'Shea)
Bill Roe ... first assistant camera
Bill Rustic ... grip
Robert Samuels ... second assistant camera: second unit (as Bob Samuels)
Joe Staton ... second assistant camera (as Joseph Staton)
Michael 'Dutch' Van Woert ... best boy (as Michael Van Woert)
Bill Young ... key grip (as William C. Young)
Thomas P. Powell ... lighting technician (uncredited)
Randall Robinson ... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Barry Francis Delaney ... costumer: men
Mary E. Vogt ... costumer: women (as Mary Vogt)

Location Management

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Mark Indig ... location manager

Music Department

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Marcella Detroit ... composer: song "Come And Follow Me" (as Marcy Levy)
Craig Huxley ... synthesizer production
Dan Wallin ... score mixer
Stan Witt ... music editor
Tom Boyd ... oboe soloist (uncredited)
Jack Hayes ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Joel McNeely ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Tim Sexton ... executive in charge of music (uncredited)
David Shire ... conductor (uncredited)
Chris Smiles ... musician: opening & closing themes (uncredited)
David Tweet ... assistant music editor (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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H. Bud Otto ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Cliff Hill ... transportation coordinator

Additional Crew

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Eric Allard ... robots engineer
Andrea Alvarez ... assistant: Mr. Jones
John DesJardin ... video image crew (as John Desjardin)
Wayne Fitzgerald ... title designer
Jan Garner ... production accountant
Dennis Grisco ... animal handler
William Shane Grisco ... animal handler (as Bill Grisco)
Vic Heutschy ... unit publicist
Mary Cay Hollander ... production coordinator
Robert Jason ... special electrical effects (as Bob Jason)
David Katz ... video image crew
Doris Layne ... production secretary
Syd Mead ... robots designer
Walter Nichols ... special electrical effects
Arne Olsen ... production assistant
David Oliver Pfeil ... title designer (as David Oliver)
Matt Plonys ... production assistant
Jay Rice ... video image crew
Jeri Simon ... assistant: Mr. Badham
David Tweet ... production assistant
Tony Urbano ... robotic performances
Dorothy Vitale ... first aid
Karl A. Wickman ... helicopter pilot (as Karl Wickman)
Tim Blaney ... puppeteer (uncredited)
Pat Brymer ... puppeteer: robots (uncredited)
F.X. Christ ... production assistant (uncredited)
Carol Davies ... medical director (uncredited)
Carl Johnson ... puppeteer (uncredited)
Solomon J. LeFlore ... production financing (uncredited)
Syd Mead ... consultant (uncredited)
David Oliver Pfeil ... title cinematographer (uncredited)
Claire Ratliff ... production assistant (uncredited)
Melissa Smith ... sales and marketing coordinator (uncredited)
Rico Topazio ... puppeteer (uncredited)
Tony Urbano ... puppeteer (uncredited)
Sandra Vaughan ... production staff (uncredited)

Production Companies

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Special Effects

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Other Companies

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  • Alaska Airlines (the producers wish to thank the following for their help in the making of this film)
  • Apple (the producers wish to thank the following for their help in the making of this film)
  • BT Industrial Supply (expendables)
  • Barco (the producers wish to thank the following for their help in the making of this film)
  • Columbia Pictures (provided courtesy of: scenes from "Woman Haters" © 1934 renewed 1962 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved.)
  • Compaq (the producers wish to thank the following for their help in the making of this film)
  • For Stars Catering (catering)
  • Krown Marketing (the producers wish to thank the following for their help in the making of this film)
  • Mitsubishi Pro-Audio Group (the producers wish to thank the following for their help in the making of this film)
  • Norman Maurer Productions (copyright owner: "The Three Stooges" TM & © 1985)
  • Oregon Department of Transportation (the producers wish to thank the following for their help in the making of this film)
  • Oregon State Film Commission (the producers wish to thank the following for their help in the making of this film)
  • Paraclipse (the producers wish to thank the following for their help in the making of this film)
  • Paramount Pictures (courtesy of: scenes from "Saturday Night Fever" starring John Travolta and Karen Lynn Gorney)
  • Rhino Robots (the producers wish to thank the following for their help in the making of this film)
  • Sarcos (the producers wish to thank the following for their help in the making of this film)
  • Sony Broadcast and Professional Company (the producers wish to thank the following for their help in the making of this film)
  • The Burbank Studios (digitally re-recorded at)
  • Varèse Sarabande (score album: limited edition)
  • Veluzat Motion Picture Rentals (the producers wish to thank the following for their help in the making of this film)
  • Video Image (display graphics)
  • Video Image (video displays)
  • Vista Group/GMC (the producers wish to thank the following for their help in the making of this film)

Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Something wonderful has happened... Number Five is alive! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Nummer 5 lebt! (Germany)
  • Curtcircuit (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Cortocircuito (Spain)
  • Scurt circuit (Romania)
  • Kai ta robot trellathikan (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 98 min
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Budget $15,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The sound of Number 5's laser firing is the same effect as the Ghostbusters' Proton Packs powering up. See more »
Goofs When Frank lifts the glass of orange juice off the tray there is some resistance at first, probably from the magnet or adhesive used to keep the glass from sliding off during filming. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Last Resort/Short Circuit/Jo Jo Dancer Your Life Is Calling/Broken Rainbow (1986). See more »
Soundtracks Who's Johnny 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 »
Quotes Number 5: Hey, laser lips, your mama was a snow blower.
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