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  • Actors: Frank Langella, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandon
  • Directors: Jake Schreier
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 15 July 2013
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00COMKKU2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,982 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown children who are concerned he can no longer live alone. Against the old man's wishes his son buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health.

Slowly, and with a fair bit of reluctance, Frank begins to accept his new digital companion, seeing an opportunity to use Robot's unique skills to try their luck as a heist team.

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary
  • Interview with Director Jake Schreier and Frank Langella
  • Trailer

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Just because Robot & Frank is a smaller profile film, that doesn't mean it's not something really quite wonderful. It tells the story, set in the near future, of Frank, played by Frank Langella, once a cat burglar by trade. His children aren't convinced he can live by himself, so they buy him a robot, one that's been specifically programmed with improving his health in mind. Instantly, that concept puts a fresh spin on the old cliched buddy movie, and with a mix of comedy, drama, poignancy and a healthy dab of science fiction, Robot & Frank emerges as a warm and welcome piece of work.

In particular, as you might expect, Frank Langella is quite brilliant here, pitching a difficult and nuanced performance, one that rests heavily on his shoulders, extremely well. It feels different to see a relationship develop between man and robot quite like this, and that adds an edge of the unusual and unpredictable tinge to the film. To its credit as well, the supporting characters in the film are strong, with Susan Sarandon in particular fleshing out what could have been a forgettable role.

Robot & Frank is a distinct, interesting film, that feels different without isolating a mainstream audience. That's no easy task, and all concerned here deserve real credit. It packs more into an hour and a half than some films manage in twice the time. --Jon Foster

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By John Milton on 29 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD
Everyone's familiar with the concepts behind a buddy movie: two wildly different characters are thrown together to fight injustice/ unite against a common foe etc and hilarity ensues en route. On that front, Robot & Frank is no different to any other buddy movie but for me, was something a little bit special.

Oscar nominated actor Frank Langella is fantastic as the aging burglar and his performance is truly touching. For me however, I will always remember him as Skeletor in the Masters of the Universe movie and at times when he spoke during this film, that's all I could picture!

The Robot of the title is voiced by Peter Sarsgaard and is in effect, the straight man in this buddy movie. Governed by Asimovian laws, Robot is eventually, perhaps inevitably, led astray by Frank...

Robot & Frank has at its core, the very serious and real issue of the on-set of dementia and manages to handle this subject matter in a sensitive way, without being demeaning to those who suffer from the condition. I went to see this with my girlfriend, expecting a quirky and charming film with a bit of sci-fi thrown in. I wasn't disappointed on that front but from the trailer, I hadn't expected the Alzheimer's aspect of the story. Given that my girlfriend's grandfather suffered from this, it resulted in quite a few tears in the cinema.

However, a stellar cast, great story and all in all, a memorable movie!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 100 REVIEWER on 25 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD
The first thing to say is that this film`s heart is in a good place, it`s not quite like anything you`ll have seen before, and I`d watch Frank Langella just doing the shopping or eating a meal.
It almost pulls off the trick of having, at his son`s insistence, a robot move in with Frank (Langella in dignified elderly mode - this vigorous, soulful actor was already 74 at the time of filming) and gradually gain his confidence, as well as a kind of friendship.
Where it scores is in allowing us to take for granted a near-contemporary world in which robots can cheerfully do the gardening or cook dinner. Langella acts with the robot (perfectly voiced by Peter Sarsgaard) as if it were the most normal thing in the world. There are no ironic `nudges` to the audience, and mercifully few moments of rom-com sentimentality, though the film does not avoid gravitating towards an inevitable soft centre, especially in its final scenes.
Susan Sarandon underplays and is lovely as a librarian whom Frank befriends - and thereby hangs a tale, which might have been made more of - with Liv Tyler making a too rare appearance these days as Madison, his daughter. (I wish someone would give Liv a whacking good role in a film, where she could show what she`s really capable of.)
The film has a nice, measured pace to it, and Langella is such a joy to watch that a certain lack of dramatic tension at times isn`t too much to put up with.
As has been pointed out elsewhere, the film loses itself a little towards the end, and the last few minutes left me unsatisfied, even a tad confused. It was left both too tidily wrapped-up and too open-ended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Nov. 2013
Format: DVD
bot & Frank' is a film of quiet understanding and under statements. Frank, played by Frank Langella,is a retired burglar and lives by himself in upstate New York. He seems to have some form of dementia, but just how much is a secret from us all. His son comes to visit once a week to clean up and bring groceries. During the week Frank walks to and fro to the library for books. He keeps in touch with his family via FaceTime on his big TV. His son needs more time with his family, so he brings Frank a robot who cleans and cooks and looks after Frank. Much resistance from Frank at first, but soon they are a pair. The robot keeps him on a low sodium diet and plans activities, like a garden and walking in the woods. An idyllic existence, until Frank decides to go back to his old profession.

I have to say I will be first in line for this robot, cleaning and cooking, wow! The robot has to remind Frank that he is a robot with no feelings, programmed to help out. That said, a relationship of sorts seems to develop. Frank visits the library often, and limes the librarian a great deal. Now, that relationship is weird. You will see what I mean.

Frank fools us in many ways, crafty fella that he is. Frank seems pretty much together many times, but then he forgets easily. A remarkable bit of acting by Frank Langella. This film is really a fun and emotional film. I enjoyed it, but it seemed far fetched to me in many ways. However, an entertaining film and well acted.

Recommended. 11-22-13
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D Deacon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This is the confusing world of early dementia - where one does not quite see that one has it and tries to act normally. THis is Frank. The son, maybe in denial, seems not to understand either and acts like an idiot. Sarandon his ex-wife is much more aware as is Madison his daughter. That said, he pulls off some stunts with his robot friend which is quite sophisticated and in a way has a last laugh. The ending is where he sinks further into dementia and is in a home with other such sufferers and their robots. If you know someone with dementia, you will know this gradual path of denial to oblvion. Good thoughtful film.
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