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Bicentennial Man (1999)

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

Director:

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>

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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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Trivia

Chris Columbus later admitted that although he wanted to direct the film to work in science fiction for the first time, the production ended up being more work than he was ready for and there should have been a different director. See more »

Goofs

The final scene in which the nurse robot stops life support systems on request is invalid; the First Law of Robotics would have prevented it. No amount of begging would result in a positronic robot assisting in suicide or euthanasia. In fact, according to Asimov's stories, even witnessing a human being hurt might destroy a robot's positronic brain and the movie acknowledges the Three Laws of Robotics. See more »

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World Congress Moderator: Ladies and Gentlemen: Ms. Marjorie Bota, President of the World Congress.
President Marjorie Bota: According to the records at the NorthAm Robotics Company, the robot also known as Andrew Martin, was powered up at 5:15 pm on April 3rd, 2005. In a few hours, he'll be 200 years old, which means that with the exception of Methuselah and other biblical figures, Andrew is the oldest living human in recorded history. For it is by this proclamation, I validate his marriage to Portia Charney, and acknowledge his humanity.
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Referenced in A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) See more »

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Muskrat Ramble
Written by Kid Ory (as Edward Ory) and Ray Gilbert
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Outstanding
13 August 2006 | by duffy047See 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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