D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)

PG   |    |  Family, Sci-Fi

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A seemingly normal young boy turns out to be a top secret, military-created robot with superhuman abilities.




  • Steve Ryan in D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)
  • Michael McKean and Barret Oliver in D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)
  • Kathryn Walker in D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)
  • Barret Oliver in D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)
  • Barret Oliver in D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)
  • Amy Linker in D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)

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24 September 2017 | sol-
| Feeling Different
Found wandering in the wilderness and suffering amnesia, a preteen boy comes to suspect that he is very different to other children his age in this intriguing thriller with a science fiction twist. While the title, promotional artwork and plot summaries (include on the DVD back cover!) spell out the fact that him feeling different is due to being a robot, the filmmakers keep this plot detail deliciously vague during the first half, which in turn becomes an involving tale of an abnormal young person trying to fit in. As others have pointed out, with his quick-learning abilities and lack of social skills, it is easy to see Daryl as metaphorical for someone on the Autism Spectrum and the overall movie has some positive messages as such in terms of acceptance for all. The second half of the film, which is more thrills than mystery-based, is not quite as strong as the first half, but lots of impressive (if improbable) stunts keep things chugging along. The ending certainly feels a little rushed and Marvin Hamlisch's sentimental music score does not always work. In general though, this is an engaging tale along the lines of 'Pinocchio' and 'A.I.' with the idea that all kids are kids even if their minds work differently.

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,649,832 16 June 1985

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