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Short Circuit

Still of Ally Sheedy in Short CircuitStill of Steve Guttenberg and Ally Sheedy in Short Circuit

Plot

Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes.

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 6.3/10 (21,154 voted)

Director:
John Badham

Stars: Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens

Storyline
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.

Writers: S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock

Cast:

Ally Sheedy

Stephanie Speck


Steve Guttenberg

Newton Crosby


Fisher Stevens

Ben Jabituya


Austin Pendleton

Howard Marner


G.W. Bailey

Skroeder


Brian McNamara

Frank


Tim Blaney

Number 5

(voice)


Marvin J. McIntyre

Duke


John Garber

Otis


Penny Santon

Mrs. Cepeda


Vernon Weddle

General Washburne


Barbara Tarbuck

Senator Mills


Tom Lawrence

Howard Marner's Aide


Fred Slyter

Norman


Billy Ray Sharkey

Zack

Taglines:
Something wonderful has happened… Number Five is alive!

Release Date: 9 May 1986

Filming Locations: Astoria, Oregon, USA

Gross: $40,697,761
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

Number 5's full designation is "SAINT Number 5". The acronym SAINT stands for "Strategic Artificially-Intelligent Nuclear Transport".

Goofs:

Audio/visual unsynchronized:
When Crosby manipulates the robot arm to play the keyboard, the keys the robot fingers are pressing do not correspond to the notes that we hear.

Quotes:

Number 5:
Many fragments. Some large, some small.



User Review

Underrated

Rating: 9/10


I'm sorry, I can't see why this film has been given such a low rating.
This film is wonderfully life-affirming through the character of robot
Jonny 5 (the scene where he realises what it means to be alive through
crushing a grass hopper is beautifully portrayed), Ally Sheedy brings a
bucket load of positive energy to the character of the naive but loving
Stephanie, and to top it all there is a subtle but powerful comment on
American militarism. There is a real emphasis on quality screen writing
here which only comes through on a small ratio of films. The characters
could easily have become 2 dimensional stereotypes, but instead given
some interesting dialogue and motives (science, military etc). Yes it
is cheesy, and I think many people label it as a cheap and tacky 80's
movie, but having watched it again recently I think history may well
judge it a minor classic.