Short Circuit

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Something wonderful has happened - Number Five is alive! Steve Guttenberg and Ally Sheedy co-star in this high tech comedy adventure about Number Five, a robot who escapes into the real world after he short circuits in an electrical storm and decides that he's human. Because he's carrying destructive weapons, the Defense Department and his designer (Guttenberg) are desperate to find him. But Number Five is being protected by a young woman (Sheedy) who is teaching him a gentler way of life.


Studio Image
SKU 207466666
UPC 014381491920
UPC 14 00014381491920
Format DVD
Release Date 5/20/2008
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Name Sheedy,Ally
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Cast & Crew
Ally Sheedy - Actor
Austin Pendleton - Actor
Brent Maddock - Writer
David Shire - Original Music By
Dianne Wager - Art Director
Dianne Wager - Production Designer
Fisher Stevens - Actor
Frank Morriss - Editor
John Badham - Director
Lawrence Turman - Producer
Mark Damon - Executive Producer
Nick McLean - Cinematographer
S.S. Wilson - Writer
Steve Guttenberg - Actor
Review Director John Badham re-explores some of the themes that his earlier hit Wargames contained in Short Circuit, a lightweight but enjoyable comedy thriller about a robot. I seem to have been through a spate of watching John Badham films recently, for no known reason, but there you go...Personally I would have liked more comedy and less sugary sentiment in the film, and it's definitely one that is aimed squarely at younger children. An example of this is the irritating robot voice (yet again!! Why oh why must robots or computers in these films always have annoying voices?!?) -- voiced on this occasion by --Tim Blaney -- and the over-use of slapstick comedy. There were still quite a few amusing or touching moments in the film, so I'd still recommend seeing it, but you do have to be in the mood for it. The special effects are quite impressive in that they don't look terrible today, and some of the scenes with the robot are quite fun. I think virtually every adult who watches this will work out the twist ending in about... oh... five seconds. Maybe the young kiddies will still be on the edge of their seats though. They'll certainly enjoy it more than you will as well, though some of the humour in the dialogue will be lost on them.
ReviewRating 6
DVD, Special Edition
Product Attributes
Actor Sheedy,Ally
Label Image Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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