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Short Circuit [DVD] [1986]

Ally Sheedy , Steve Guttenberg , John Badham    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens, Austin Pendleton, G.W. Bailey
  • Directors: John Badham
  • Writers: Brent Maddock, S.S. Wilson
  • Producers: Dana Satler Hankins, David Foster, Dennis E. Jones, Gary Foster, Gregg Champion
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 5 April 2004
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009PBYC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,572 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



John Badham's family-orientated adventure comedy Short Circuit, though obviously hatched in the wake of E.T. and Star Wars, manages to create its own identity through a sweet tone and an affectionate sense of fun. Military robot Number 5, a well-armed killing machine, is zapped by lightning during a test and emerges with a wacky sense of humour and a new peace-loving philosophy. Ally Sheedy (who debuted in Badham's hit WarGames) is the animal-lover whose home is sanctuary for a zoo-full of strays and who adopts the adolescent robot. Steve Guttenberg is the goofy but reclusive robotics designer who goes off in search of his creation to save him from the gun-happy army.

The mix of gentle slapstick and innocent romance makes for a harmless family comedy. It veers toward the terminally cute, what with Number 5's hyperactive antics and E.T.-ish voice, and the mangled grammar of Guttenberg's East Indian sidekick (Fisher Stevens) threatens to become offensive, but Badham's breezy direction keeps the film on track. Sheedy and Guttenberg deliver spirited and engaging performances, but most importantly the robot emerges as a real person. Give credit to designer Syd Mead, an army of puppeteers and robotics operators, and the cartoony voice of Tim Blaney: Number 5 is alive. --Sean Axmaker

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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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SAINT Number 5, It's Alive! 27 Aug 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Short Circuit is directed by John Badham and written by S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock. It stars Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens, Austin Pendleton, G.W. Bailey and Brian MacNamara. Tim Blaney voices the robot, and the design is by Syd Mead.

Number 5, a prototype military robot, is hit by a power surge that causes a malfunction in its programming. When an accident sees it leave the Nova Laboratories grounds, Number 5 finds his way to the home of Stephanie Speck (Sheedy). Here it displays signs of being alive, but the new found respect for life could soon be curtailed as the Nova security staff are seeking him out for disassembly.

On release it was met with mostly positive reviews, debuting at No.1 at the box office, film was undoubtedly a family winner. Also spawning a sequel due to its popularity, Short Circuit is by definition an enjoyable fantasy flick. Yet today there are film critics who give it a good kicking, lamenting how safe it is and decrying the sentimental aspects that come to the fore in the latter stages. That to me is like shooting Bambi! A refusal to let the child in all of us come out once in a while. Yeah it's schmaltzy at times, I'd personally be disappointed if a film about a robot finding a will to live wasn't! While in Sheedy and Guttenberg you couldn't ask for two more amiable bastions of Americana to star in such a movie. But the feel good factor is high and it's also full of funny sequences. Saturday Night Fever and The Three Stooges play a part, as does Fisher Stevens, who sends the PC brigade scurrying for their complaint pens. Lighten up folks, the World has moved on you'll be pleased to know.

Sometimes safe and amiable is all you need. I suggest it's all these grumpy modern day critics who need a good kicking, not Short Circuit. 7/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars " disasemble!" 27 Sep 2003
This really is a very enjoyable and fun little film whcih i could watch over and over again and still enjoy it as much. I think Steve Guttenburg is much better in this than 'Police Academy'.
It is about a military robot who is struck by lightening and becomes 'alive'. After escaping from the top secret base, No 5 is found by Stephanie who protects him from the people that come to look for him.
Yes i would definatly recommend that you buy this film. It is really cool and well worth a few measly quid. BUY IT NOW and you will have hours of fun and entertainment.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly exhilirating 28 Oct 2001
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Robot No5 is alive. This excellent movie is based on a robot,who is struck by a lighting bolt, which causes him to "malfunction" and escape from his creator.No5 then meets stephanie(played by ally sheady) teaches 5 all there is to know,but when stephanie tell nova robotics shes found No5,he doesnt want to be disasembled because No5 is alive and goes on the run. want to know what happens then buy this excellent film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short Curcuit 7 July 2014
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Got this one for someone else they loved it
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic 20 Jun 2014
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A film you just have to own. Takes you back to your childhood and the next generation will enjoy it too though you might have to explain what some of the objects are as technology has moved on a lot since then.
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5.0 out of 5 stars electric blue 11 Jun 2014
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a war weapons robot is struck from a lightning strike and come to life on its own ,it escapes and a girl finds it in her van and a hilariouse film begins as they are chased by the scientist of the robot and the manufacturer.hilariouse.recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars i love it 27 May 2014
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many thanks for my dvd short circuit with ally sheedy this is a great classic from the 80s great film
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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie- the kids loved it 8 April 2014
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I've seen this before and liked it. fist time for my 5 and 6 year old kids and they loved it!
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