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Short Circuit

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Parental Guidance Recommended

Parental guidance is recommended for younger viewers.

NOTE: Contains coarse language

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"Classic!!"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Bit of 80s nostalgia…they just don't make movies like this anymore. Beautiful Stephanie…

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"Classic feel good movie"
4 stars"
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A classic childhood favourite that I had to get, a great family movie for watching during a nice winter weekend.

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
"Classic 1980's movie" Purchased on Mighty Ape

Classic fun 1980's movie. Great for re-living your childhood :)

Description

Number 5, one of a group of experimental military robots, undergoes a sudden transformation after being struck by lightning. He develops self-awareness, consciousness, and a fear of the reprogramming that awaits him back at the factory. With the help of a young woman, Number 5 tries to evade capture and convince his creator that he has truly become alive.

Review

John Badham's family-oriented adventure comedy, though obviously hatched in the wake of E.T. and Star Wars, manages to create its own identity through a sweet tone and an affectionate sense of fun. Military robot Number 5, a well-armed killing machine, is zapped by lightning during a test and emerges with a consciousness, curiosity, a wacky sense of humor, and a new peace-loving philosophy. Ally Sheedy (who debuted in Badham's hit WarGames) is the animal lover whose home is sanctuary for a zoo-full of strays and who adopts the adolescent robot. Steve Guttenberg is the goofy but reclusive robotics designer who goes off in search of his creation to save him from the gun-happy army. The mix of gentle slapstick and innocent romance makes for a harmless family comedy. It veers toward the terminally cute, what with 5's hyperactive antics and E.T.-ish voice, and the mangled grammar of Guttenberg's East Indian sidekick (Fisher Stevens) threatens to become offensive, but Badham's breezy direction keeps the film on track. Sheedy and Guttenberg deliver spirited and engaging performances, but most importantly the robot emerges as a real person. Give credit to designer Syd Mead, an army of puppeteers and robotics operators, and the cartoony voice of Tim Blaney: Number 5 is alive. --Sean Axmaker

Release date NZ
January 27th, 2005
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Director
Language
English
Studio
Genre
  • Comedy
Box Dimensions (mm)
135x190x14
UPC
9398700238191
All-time sales rank
Top 2000
Product ID
1469041

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