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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
Penny Santon ...
Mrs. Cepeda
Vernon Weddle ...
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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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

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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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Andy Greenberg ... apprentice editor
Kevin Stitt ... assistant film editor
David Tweet ... apprentice film editor

Casting By

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Jane Feinberg
Mike Fenton
Judy Taylor

Production Design by

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Dianne Wager

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
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
Bryan Denegal ... second assistant director
Jerry Ziesmer ... first assistant director

Art Department

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John Alvin ... poster artist
Gregg H. Bilson ... property master
Stan Cockerell ... assistant property master
Michael Dunn ... assistant property master
Joseph C. Fama ... construction foreman
Jack Johnson ... illustrator
Martin A. Kline ... storyboard artist
Robert S. McDonald ... propmaker foreman
Michael Muscarella ... construction coordinator
Tom Southwell ... production illustrator
Donald B. Woodruff ... assistant art director
Mark Woods ... lead man

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
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 ... sound designer
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: Robotics Shop (as George 'Tony' Allard)
Philip Bartko ... robotics leadman
Gary D. Bierend ... special robotics technician
Mike Edmonson ... special effects foreman
Scott Forbes ... special effects foreman
Chuck Gaspar ... special effects coordinator
Richard L. Hill ... special effects foreman
Jeff Jarvis ... special effects supervisor
Larry Keys ... special electrical effects (as Larry 'Big Mo' Keys)
Mark Noel ... special effects
Tom Pahk ... special effects foreman
Christopher S. Ross ... robotic special effects: design interpretation (as Chris Ross)
Jeffrey A. Wischnack ... special effects technician
Mark Yuricich ... special robotics technician
Gary Zink ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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James Balsam ... motion control camera operator
Chris Casady ... special visual effects
Dennis Dorney ... special visual effects
Michael Ferriter ... special visual effects
Rocco Gioffre ... matte artist / special visual effects
Robert Hall ... special visual effects
Philip Harrison ... visual consultant
Lesley Mallgrave ... visual effects coordinator
William Reilly ... motion control technician
Nina Salerno ... special visual effects
Keith Shartle ... special visual effects
Hoyt Yeatman ... special visual effects

Stunts

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Christine Anne Baur ... stunts
Brad Bovee ... stunts
Danny Costa ... stunts
Vince Deadrick Sr. ... stunts
Bob Drake ... stunts
James W. Gavin ... stunt pilot
Clifford Happy ... stunts
Marguerite Happy ... stunts
Bob Harris ... stunts (as Robert W. Harris)
Eddie Hice ... stunts (as Ed Hice)
Freddie Hice ... stunts
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 / stunts
R.L. Tolbert ... stunts
Ted White ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Barry Francis Delaney ... costumer: men
Mary E. Vogt ... costumer: women

Location Management

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Mark Indig ... location manager

Music Department

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

Other crew

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Eric Allard ... robots engineer
Tim Blaney ... puppeteer
F.X. Christ ... production assistant
Carol Davies ... medical director
Wayne Fitzgerald ... title designer
Jan Garner ... production accountant
Mary Cay Hollander ... production coordinator
Robert Jason ... special electrical effects (as Bob Jason)
Carl Johnson ... puppeteer
Solomon J. LeFlore ... production financing
Syd Mead ... consultant / robots designer
Walter Nichols ... special electrical effects
H. Bud Otto ... script supervisor
David Oliver Pfeil ... title designer (as David Oliver)
Rico Topazio ... puppeteer
Tony Urbano ... animatronic performance supervisor / puppeteer
Sandra Vaughan ... production staff
Karl A. Wickman ... helicopter pilot
Pat Brymer ... puppeteer: robots (uncredited)
David Oliver Pfeil ... title cinematographer (uncredited)
Claire Ratliff ... production assistant (uncredited)
Melissa Smith ... sales and marketing coordinator (uncredited)

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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)
  • Kai ta robot trellathikan (Greece)
  • Coeur circuit (Canada, French title)
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Runtime
  • 98 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia As per the movie's attempt to portray a living robot in the "real world", every part of Johnny and his brethren was built to have a specific, logical purpose behind them. This was originally a source of contention between Director John Badham and the Robots Designer Syd Mead, the latter of whom insisted on giving Johnny "eyes" to give the character a method of visually expressing emotion. As a result, Johnny's iconic "eyelids" were created, with the explanation that they were sun guards and camera coverings. See more »
Goofs Stephanie shows Number 5 the sun in the morning. However, they are looking west over the Pacific Ocean, so they are watching the sun setting, not rising. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Panic Room with Will Ferrell (2002). 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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