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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Andrew Martin
... Little Miss Amanda Martin / Portia Charney
... 'Sir' Richard Martin
... Rupert Burns
... Galatea
... 'Ma'am' Martin
... Little Miss Amanda Martin - Age 7 (as Hallie Kate Eisenberg)
... 'Miss' Grace Martin - Age 9
... 'Miss' Grace Martin
... Bill Feingold - Martin's Lawyer
... Lloyd Charney
Igor Hiller ... Lloyd Charney - Age 10
Joe Bellan ... Robot Delivery Man #1
... Robot Delivery Man #2
... 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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17 December 1999 (USA)  »

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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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When Andrew regales the family with jokes, the jokes themselves were unscripted. Robin Williams ad-libbed all of the jokes. The other actors' reactions to the jokes and their laughter are real. See more »

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When Andrew goes to Lloyd to sue for information as to the whereabouts of his robot counterparts, Lloyd states "the Freedom of Information Act does not cover suits by robots.". There is nothing in the act that states that it is exclusively for humans. See more »

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[Teaching Andrew to tell jokes]
Sir: Why did the chicken cross the road?
Andrew Martin: One does not know, sir, possibly a predator was behind the chicken, or possibly there was a female chicken on the other side of the road, if it's a male chicken. Possibly a food source, or depending on the season it might be migrating. One hopes there's no traffic.
Sir: To get to the other side.
Andrew Martin: To get to the other side. Ah, why is that funny?
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References THX 1138 (1971) See more »

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I Found a Million Dollar Baby (In a Five and Ten Cent Store)
Written by Harry Warren, Billy Rose, and Mort Dixon
Performed by Bing Crosby
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under License from Universal Music Special Markets
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Outstanding
13 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

I heaven't read the book, but BICENTENNIAL MAN is a very touching and heartwarming movie about a house-robot (Robert Williams) that begins a 200-year journey to become and to be legally recognized as a human. During his journey, he has to face the fact and live with it that all loved ones around him grow older and eventually die while he is immortal.

I think that this was one of Robin Williams' best performances ever, if not the best. He proves that he can either play a 'funny wacky' character but also a serious character that will touch the hearts of the viewers. And this movie does just that.

I like the purity and the innocence of the story and I wonder why this movie has such a low rating. It's a must see for all open minded people.


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