Short Circuit

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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 ...
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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/1996
  • UPC: 086162372438
  • Original Release: 1986
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

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 Voice Only
Brian McNamara Frank
John Garber Otis
Marguerite Heppy Barmaid
C. Eleanor Heutschy Party Guest
Marjorie Card Hughes Farmer's Wife
Robert Krantz Reporter
Howard Krik Farmer
Tom Lawrence Mr. Marner's aide
Marvin J. McIntyre Duke
Lisa Mclean Party Guest
Mary Reckley Party Guest
Penny Santon Mrs. Cepeda
Ray Sharkey Zack
Wabei Slyolwe Norman
Herb Smith Gate Guard
Jan Speck Reporter
William Striglos Party Guest
Barbara Tarbuck Sen. Mills
Jack Thompson Party Guest
Vernon Weddle Gen. Washburne
Technical Credits
John Badham Director
Eric Allard Special Effects
Max Carl Songwriter
Gregg Champion Producer
Mark Damon Executive Producer, Producer
Jane Feinberg Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
Gary Foster Associate Producer
David Foster Producer
Philip Harrison Production Designer
John W. Hyde Executive Producer, 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, Songwriter
Judy Taylor Casting
Lawrence Turman Producer
Mary Vogt Costumes/Costume Designer
Dianne I. Wager Art Director
S.S. Wilson Screenwriter
Inia wolf Songwriter
Peter Wolf Songwriter
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great, fun movie for all ages!

    Highly recommend this movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Number 5 is alive!

    Short Circuit a cute movie with a robot Number 5 also known as Johnny 5 this is a really good movie and very educational it teaches you about robots and techiolngly and its funny you can't help but to laugh at this movie even the part when the robot yells No Disasemble!!! its really funny i like it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good family movie

    I'm happy to see this movie is still around as I think it is a movie the family will like. With the way movies are these days, it's nice to know you can always fall back on a good 80's classic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the most awesome movie ever!!

    This movie was the coolest ever. This is one of those movies that you cant stop watching over and over. Its that good! This is a definate family movie. You won't be disappointed when you buy it! This is also one movie that teaches lessons in technology and robotics!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cute

    Well, it was an awesome movie when I was five or six, but now it's just cute. I think it's a fun movie that's good to watch when you just wanna have a couple of laughs, but I wouldn't say that it makes you think. The kids'll like it a lot, though.

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