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Robot & Frank (2012)

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In the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.

Director:

Jake Schreier

Writer:

Christopher Ford (screenplay)
2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Langella ... Frank
James Marsden ... Hunter
Liv Tyler ... Madison
Peter Sarsgaard ... Robot (voice)
Susan Sarandon ... Jennifer
Jeremy Strong ... Jake
Jeremy Sisto ... Sheriff Rowlings
Rachael Ma ... Robot
Bonnie Bentley ... Ava
Ana Gasteyer ... Shop Lady
Katherine Waterston ... Shopgirl
Dario Barosso ... Freckles
Joshua Ormond Joshua Ormond ... Flattop
James D. Compton James D. Compton ... Skinny Sheriff
Dana Morgan ... Additional Robot
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Storyline

In the near future, Frank is a retired catburglar living alone while his successful son, Hunter, tries to care for him from afar. Finally, Hunter gets him a robot caretaker, but Frank soon learns that it is as useful as a burglary aide. As Frank tries to restart his old profession, the uncomfortable realities of a changing world and his worsening dementia threaten to take beyond what any reboot can do for him. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

burglary | robot | dementia | thief | heist | See All (55) »

Taglines:

Friendship doesn't have an off switch.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The vehicle that passes Frank when he is walking down the road is an available production car, a Tango by Commuter Cars. There are only twelve in existence, with a retail price of $240,000 each. See more »

Goofs

After the Robot is switched on for the first time, you can see the reflection of a crew member on the side of Hunter's car, then another time after the Robot goes into the house. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[a phone rings, and a recorded female voice announces: "Call from Madison Weld. Call from Madison Weld"]
Frank: [Sleepy] Hello?
Madison: Hey, dad!
Frank: What? Wha...?
Madison: [On a wall video phone, with noisy transmission] Daddy, it's me, Madison. Hi!
Frank: Oh, yeah! Yeah... Hey. How are you doing?
Madison: I'm wonderful. Turkmenistan is so beautiful. I am sorry I haven't called. How are you?
Frank: Oh! You know... fine. I'm OK.
Madison: Has Hunter been coming around?
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The end credits show various scenes of industrial and research robots performing various tasks, such as walking, gripping everyday items, pouring drinks and serving trays. See more »

Connections

Featured in Maltin on Movies: Best and Worst Movies of 2012 (2013) See more »

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Swear
Written and Performed by inc.
Courtesy of 4AD
By arrangement with Beggars Group Media Limited
Daniel Sged (SE SACI) Andrew Aged )BMI)
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This intelligence is far from artificial in Robot & Frank
1 April 2013 | by rgblakeySee all my reviews

There are movies that come along that don't really have one genre, but instead mix them and if done right can really create something special. The latest film Robot and Frank starring Frank Langella, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandon, and Peter Sarsgard blending drama with a touch of Sci-fi, but does this film work or is this great cast wasted on a failed experiment?

Robot and Frank follows a retired cat burglar in the near future whose family is concerned with him living alone. When his wealthy son delivers a robot caretaker to help with his day to day life he begins to see the benefits it could have for him to return to his old life. But as things seem to get better, his worsening health and dementia may be more than even the robot can help with. This is one of those films from description may or may not sound all that appealing, but delivers a truly surprising emotional film. For most of the film it is just Langella and the robot in charge of carrying the film and it works amazingly well. Langella gives one of the best performances in a quite some time, which is saying something since he is pretty much always great. This story manages to take a story element that is somewhat out there and add some humor and a hefty dose of heart to create a really unexpected experience. There are not over the top CG special effects to bring the robot to life, just a person in a very basic suit and it works perfectly.

This is one of those special movies that only comes along every so often and is a must see. You wouldn't think there could be much of a relationship between and old man and a robot this strong until you see this film. While everything is pretty laid out for you about the direction of this movie, it still manages to throw in some unexpected twists and surprises that will make you love this movie even more. If you haven't seen or heard of this movie you need to fix this issue immediately and check it out.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Rye, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,539, 19 August 2012

Gross USA:

$3,325,038

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,806,423
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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