D.A.R.Y.L. [DVD] 
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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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Top Customer Reviews
Definitely worth a watch, with a fantastic score and theme song from Teddy Pendergrass that makes me cry everytime I hear it!
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).
Although dated in some respects its still very much a charming tale and fun trip for nostalgia.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It arrived fine and was the copy I wanted fine and in good condition.Published 4 months ago by Robert Mills
Fantastic film what a blast from the past. Came in great timePublished 7 months ago by Sarah L Bowler
Still stands the test of time, superbly acted by Barrett Oliver ( whatever happened to him?) A great story. My son loved it and now the grandsons also love it!Published 13 months ago by snooks