Short Circuit

Short Circuit

4.5 11
Director: John Badham

Cast: Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens

     
 

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Struck by lightning, an endearing little robot known only as "Number 5" escapes from an experimental electronics firm. Technician Newton Crosby (Steve Guttenberg) and his indecipherable East Indian assistant, Ben Jabituya (Fisher Stevens), set out to locate Number 5 before the military can go through with its plans to destroy the robot. Number 5 takes refuge with… See more details below

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Struck by lightning, an endearing little robot known only as "Number 5" escapes from an experimental electronics firm. Technician Newton Crosby (Steve Guttenberg) and his indecipherable East Indian assistant, Ben Jabituya (Fisher Stevens), set out to locate Number 5 before the military can go through with its plans to destroy the robot. Number 5 takes refuge with loopy Stephanie Speck (Ally Sheedy), who is convinced that the mechanical man is an extraterrestrial. Hoping to teach the "alien" all about Earth, she fills Number 5's memory banks with reams of pop culture -- and then the real fun begins.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Matthew Tobey
Sort of a family-friendly, lighthearted Promethean story, John Badham's Short Circuit pleases audiences by blending together two popular movie types of the era, the sci-fi adventure comedy (Back to the Future, Explorers, etc.) and charming fish-out-of-water films like E.T. Assuming one has the ability to suspend a little disbelief, the results are quite fun. But there is more to the film if one chooses to look for it. The Number 5 character is affable and funny enough that a half hour into the film the audience regards "him" as being as human as any of his fleshy co-stars, in effect making the film a parable for racial and/or religious oppression, though it's doubtful many would go so far as to give the filmmakers credit for such a deep and meaningful metaphor when they have essentially adapted a basic storyline that is anything but novel. On the whole, the movie has a generous amount of genuine laughs and, even though it's sometimes laid on a little thick, enough heart to make it likeable for just about anyone.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/14/1996
UPC:
0086162372438
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ally Sheedy Stephanie Speck
Steve Guttenberg Newton Crosby
Fisher Stevens Ben Jabituya
Austin Pendleton Howard Marner
G.W. Bailey Skroeder
Tim Blaney No. 5
Brian McNamara Frank
Marguerite Heppy Barmaid
C. Eleanor Heutschy Party Guest
Marjorie Card Hughes Farmer's Wife
Howard Krik Farmer
Ray Sharkey Zack
Wabei Slyolwe Norman
Marvin J. McIntyre Duke
John Garber Otis
Penny Santon Mrs. Cepeda
Vernon Weddle Gen. Washburne
Barbara Tarbuck Sen. Mills
Tom Lawrence Mr. Marner's aide
Robert Krantz Reporter
Jan Speck Reporter
Herb Smith Gate Guard
Jack Thompson Party Guest
William Striglos Party Guest
Mary Reckley Party Guest
Lisa Mclean Party Guest

Technical Credits
John Badham Director
Eric Allard Special Effects
Max Carl Songwriter
Mark Damon Executive Producer
David Foster Producer
Jane Feinberg Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
Gary Foster Associate Producer
Philip Harrison Production Designer
John W. Hyde Executive Producer
Will Jennings Songwriter
Dennis E. Jones Co-producer
Marcy Levy Songwriter
Garry Lewis Set Decoration/Design
Tom Lucas Makeup
Brent Maddock Screenwriter
Nick McLean Cinematographer
Syd Mead Special Effects
Frank Morriss Editor
Michael D. O'Shea Camera Operator
Dana Satler Associate Producer
David Shire Score Composer
Judy Taylor Casting
Lawrence Turman Producer
Mary Vogt Costumes/Costume Designer
Dianne I. Wager Art Director
S.S. Wilson Screenwriter
Peter Wolf Songwriter
Inia wolf Songwriter

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