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D.A.R.Y.L. [DVD] [1985]

4.7 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Mary Beth Hurt, Michael McKean, Kathryn Walker, Colleen Camp, Josef Sommer
  • Directors: Simon Wincer
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Dolby, Surround Sound
  • Language: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
  • 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: Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Feb. 2005
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007G9JRW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,898 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A couple take in a small boy who seems to be suffering from amnesia and soon find him to be extraordinarily clever for his age. Their happy family is threatened, however, when it is revealed that little Daryl is in fact a sophisticated military device which the army wants for its own purposes. Mary Beth Hurt, Michael McKean and Kathleen Walker star.

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By A Customer on 2 Mar. 2006
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A fantastic film from my childhood. It has more personal sentimental value than Oscar-winning performances. Still it remains a family film for children and adults alike, with important family issues adressed. This loveable boy, with Data Analysing Robotic Youth Lifeform as his name, goes on a journey of discovery, learning the truth about his past and beginning a new future as a real boy.
Definitely worth a watch, with a fantastic score and theme song from Teddy Pendergrass that makes me cry everytime I hear it!
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D.A.R.Y.L is an underrated 80s classic. Classic gets banded around a lot, but if you get nostalgic over films you loved watching on a Saturday afternoon from your youth then add this to your collection. It doesn't have such a range of child actors as the Goonies, and the plot is definitely more far-fetched, but there is something heartwarming about this film.

Daryl (Barret Oliver, also that wimpy kid from the Neverending Story) is a robot, a military experiment. He is built as a young, innocent looking boy, with big brown eyes who will melt your mother's heart. Due to a bit of a foul up at the beginning, Daryl is on his own and is taken in by the Richardsons, a childless couple looking to foster (or adopt, who knows). Soon they begin to realise that something's not quite right with Daryl. He's the perfect child. He never argues, is polite, is tidy, and so naturally this is really weird and they begin to wonder if he is 'different'. This gives way to several enjoyable exchanges, where we can see Daryl doing things other children can't (like hacking a cash machine and putting several millions into his foster father's account). His friendship with his neighbour Turtle also is played out well, and the friendship is genuinely acted well.

Once the military realise their experiment is on the loose, they want it back. I won't go into all the details of the final part of the film, but I had to laugh at myself when I muttered how unlikely it was that Daryl had disabled a multi-million dollar tracking device on a Stealth bomber with some chewing gum, as if the rest of the film was so plausible.

This film is short and sweet and will entertain you in a way which can only be done by films like this from the 80s, with a sense of naivety and fun. Don't expect this to stretch your brain too far, but sit back and relax, and enjoy the nostalgia of an 80s film set in Florida (again).
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By FussyMissus TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Jun. 2009
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A very clever take on the traditional robot story. Although a little dated now, it's easy to become pulled into the world of little Daryl, and even though I have seen it so many times and am very much old enough to know better, I still have edge-of-seat moments and an emotional reaction when I watch this. One of the better retro films out there, and one that I am proud to have in my collection.
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A classic 80s sci-fi film about a boy with a computer processor implanted in his brain.
Although dated in some respects its still very much a charming tale and fun trip for nostalgia.
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80's classic, worth watching just to see the stealth bomber! Not much in way of Special FX but the acting makes up for it.
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What a fantastic film this was, a must see for any film fans. The film is well directed and has a fascinating story line. My favourite scene is when DARYL is found roaming the streets without any memory of who he is (a classic case of lost mind). Then Daryl falls and hits his head on the side of the road. Thankfully, his brother Joel Val Joel saves the day by coming to his aid. On the way home DARYL claims that the incident was to do with the 14 pints of stella that he had consumed that evening. Thankfully in the morning DARYL was fine. Great stuff. This film is one of my all time favourites. D.A.R.Y.L.!!
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I was involved in the making of this great movie at Pinewood Studios here in England way back when . . So, obviously I am going to rate it as a five-star job - even ten-star!!!! I love the movie, I love the great little star Barret Oliver, once in my opinion, the greatest child actor anywhere, now a very fine art photographer in his early 40s. The story may be a fantasy, but is fantastic and in my opinion is not just a film for the 'kiddies' - it is suitable for all ages and still keeps me, at age 68, riveted to my seat when I watch it - about 5 times a year!! I am so glad it finally made it to DVD and is a very good and high definition version - 100s of times better than my old VHS copy. I thoroughly recommend that every household should own a copy.
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This is a classic for me. Despite it's classification as a 'kids' film it is complex and is shot well. This is great entertainment for the whole family.
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