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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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>

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

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Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

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

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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

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1.85 : 1
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Level of beer in glass when Rupert is telling Andrew about being able to taste. See more »

Quotes

President Marjorie Bota: Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin: I've always tried to make sense of things. There must be some reason I am as I am. As you can see, Madame Chairman, I am no longer immortal.
President Marjorie Bota: You have arranged to die?
Andrew Martin: In a sense I have. I am growing old, my body is deteriorating, and like all of you, will eventually cease to function. As a robot, I could have lived forever. But I tell you all today, I would rather die a man, than live for all eternity a machine.
President Marjorie Bota: Why do you want this?
Andrew Martin: To be acknowledged for who and what I am, no ...
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The Very Thought of You
Written by Ray Noble
Performed by Paula West
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Much better than you're probably expecting
9 December 1999 | by ErewhonSee all my reviews

I know it was much better than =I= was expecting. Yes, it's too long, yes, too much time is spent on the romance plot toward the end (and it's not very convincing), and yes, there are too many obvious, familiar robot jokes in the first two reels.

But guess what? Many of those jokes, thanks to razor-sharp timing, actually work. And the robot Adam Martin becomes so very appealing that you'll miss him when he eventually turns himself into Robin Williams.

The movie is very honest and open about its emotions (though the Horner score goes too far in trying to appeal to OUR emotions), and Williams is -- surprise surprise -- excellent as the robot. We believe in the character, we believe (mostly) in his world, and we believe in his journey toward humanity.

It's too bad that so many people already regard Andrew as a kind of variation on Star Trek's Data, because he's really a robot of another color altogether.

There are some missteps toward the end (where are all the other robots?), Galatea is an unnecessary character, and at times the characters seem to be existing in different movies. But it's surprisingly warm and amusing, it's authentically touching even when you think it can't possibly reach you, and St. Robin or no St. Robin, he's fine in the role.


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