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Short Circuit 2 (1988)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 6 July 1988 (USA)
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Robot Johnny Five comes to the city and gets manipulated by criminals who want him for their own purposes.

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Kenneth Johnson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Blaney ... Johnny 5 (voice)
Fisher Stevens ... Ben Jahveri
Michael McKean ... Fred Ritter
Cynthia Gibb ... Sandy Banatoni
Jack Weston ... Oscar Baldwin
Dee McCafferty ... Saunders
David Hemblen ... Jones
Don Lake ... Manic Mike
Damon D'Oliveira ... Bones
Tito Núñez Tito Núñez ... Zorro (as Tito Nuñez)
Jason Kuriloff Jason Kuriloff ... Lil Man
Robert LaSardo ... Spooky
Lili Francks Lili Francks ... Officer Mendez
Wayne Best ... Officer O'Malley
Gerard Parkes ... Priest (as Gerry Parkes)
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Storyline

When Number Five is sent from Newton and Stephanie's ranch to the big city to help Ben with his electronics business, he finds that his robotic talents are wanted by city low-life who want to turn Number Five into profits. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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The adventures of America's most electric leading man continue. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Short Circuit 2: More Input See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada See more »

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Gross USA:

$21,630,088
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In 2013, a remake of the original film was announced as being in development. Fisher Stevens stated his interest in returning to the franchise. The proposed remake was said to be darker in tone than the original movies. See more »

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When Johnny 5 is writing "GET BEN, U FIX" onto the wall, one can see, that these lines have been written there before. The lines have been erased, but can still be read when you look closely. See more »

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Johnny Five: Fred wants to sell ME?'!
Fred: [laughs] Oh, J-5, c'mon, it's just a figure of speech.
Johnny Five: Am not property, Frederick! One whose person is under control of another as master, is a SLAVE!
Woman at building: That's all we need: A robot who's into equal rights.
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The Stars and Stripes Forever
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A beautiful tale, Stevens is brilliant!
11 July 2006 | by themovieman3000See all my reviews

I cannot really fault this true gem of a movie. Its massively entertaining, has got great laughs, some moral, an excellent, well sustained plot and well executed by a magnificent cast, namely Fisher Stevens.

Its great that Stevens was credited with the lead role and rightly so, in an improvement from the original outing. Here, we are minus the Badham influence and that becomes clear, with really no breaks in the movies rhythm at any point with tiring government sequences and computer based scenes.

It feels more light-hearted, captures imagination whilst developing the tone of the previous film. Here, now Johnny Number 5, and not just number 5 winds up in the big city absorbing as much input as he could possibly get. He helps build the toy number 5's in what should be a great money spinner for Stevens and his new found partner and watch seller, McKean.

Along the way are the usual difficulties, those being Stevens' attempt to rid the crooks from his happenings, to fit in with society, i.e. girlfriend whilst hoping to prevent the sale of number 5 by McKean when he discovers the truth of the actual cost of the high-tech human bot.

Although the original was still touching and heart-felt, there is more of this in the sequel, its just beautifully coordinated and will remain a classic for many years to come.

Whilst there is no real feel for seriousness in this one, there is moral in every sense. The feeling of want, happiness and success and the idea of making a true friend, albeit in this case, in the form of a robot.

And who has ever heard a non-Indian do an Indian voice as well as that. Very clever, realistic, Stevens is brilliant. I would really love to see this guy performing a great deal more in more prominent roles.

All credit to Stevens and co, in an improvement to the previous adventure. A truly sensational motion picture.


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