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Bicentennial Man (1999)

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An android endeavors to become human as he gradually acquires emotions.

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Chris Columbus

Writers:

Isaac Asimov (short story "The Bicentennial Man"), Isaac Asimov (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Andrew Martin
Embeth Davidtz ... Little Miss Amanda Martin / Portia Charney
Sam Neill ... 'Sir' Richard Martin
Oliver Platt ... Rupert Burns
Kiersten Warren ... Galatea
Wendy Crewson ... 'Ma'am' Martin
Hallie Eisenberg ... Little Miss Amanda Martin - Age 7 (as Hallie Kate Eisenberg)
Lindze Letherman ... 'Miss' Grace Martin - Age 9
Angela Landis ... 'Miss' Grace Martin
John Michael Higgins ... Bill Feingold - Martin's Lawyer
Bradley Whitford ... Lloyd Charney
Igor Hiller Igor Hiller ... Lloyd Charney - Age 10
Joe Bellan Joe Bellan ... Robot Delivery Man #1
Brett Wagner ... Robot Delivery Man #2
Stephen Root ... Dennis Mansky - Head of NorthAm Robotics
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Storyline

This film follows the 'life' and times of the lead character, an android who is purchased as a household robot programmed to perform menial tasks. Within a few days the Martin family realizes that they don't have an ordinary droid as Andrew begins to experience emotions and creative thought. In a story that spans two centuries, Andrew learns the intricacies of humanity while trying to stop those who created him from destroying him. Written by <N2XFYLS@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

One robot's 200 year journey to become an ordinary man.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Andrew Martin See more »

Filming Locations:

Alameda, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,234,926, 19 December 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$58,220,776, 28 May 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$93,700,000
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The motorcycle used in the film is the Motó 6.5 designed by the famous French industrial designer Philippe Starck in 1995 for the Italian motorcycle company Aprilia. It's slightly modified to look more futuristic. See more »

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When Andrew is walking through the park with Portia, his shirt is wide open. When they stop to talk, it is almost closed. When they walk again, it is open again. See more »

Quotes

Andrew Martin: One has studied your history. Terrible wars have been fought where millions have died for one idea, freedom. And it seems that something that means so much to so many people would be worth having.
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Petite Suite
Composed by Claude Debussy
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A beautifully Innocent Film
16 January 2005 | by mjw2305See all my reviews

Firstly, i have not read Asimov's book and therefore cannot remark on any errors in translation from book to film.

I have read many of the comments posted here on the IMDb, but fail to see why so many people feel the need to mention that the world is perceived as perfect in the the future, maybe it is, maybe it isn't, the fact is, it's not important. This movie quite simply follows the life of a man trapped in a robots body and his quest to be accepted in the world, and be allowed to love and cherish the people close to him.

I have to say that i didn't expect much from this movie, i thought it would be a kids film, full of typical Robin Williams style laughs, i was way off in my assumption. This is probably Robin Williams's best performance and it is a very emotional journey through change and development of the human condition.

Overall the film is quite amusing, very touching and is full of realistic characters all very well cast to not overshadow 'Andrew' as he quests over 200 years for acceptance.

A great movie 9/10


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