Short Circuit (1986)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

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Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes.

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30 July 2002 | Troy2Slick
| A very fun movie!
I remember watching this when I was 8 years old. It was all that and then some. When you are a kid, anything amazes you though, I guess.

However, I recently had the chance to watch this flick again. I must say, that it still has it's redeeming value to it.

If you ask me, Number 5, is STILL alive! I recommend this movie to anyone. 7 out of 10.

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Did You Know?


In 2015, comedian Aziz Ansari had a discussion with Fisher Stevens about Stevens (who is Caucasian) playing the role of Indian American scientist Ben. Ansari said that he grew up strongly disliking both the role as a stereotype and Stevens for ever accepting it, but he felt Stevens was not a villain after talking to him, and simply an actor who needed a job at a time when cultural considerations were simply ignored in making movies. Stevens described how he did research to make Ben into a non-stereotype and that he regretted how the character made people of South Asian descent feel. In the end, Ansari and Stevens agreed that if SHORT CIRCUIT was either a new film or a remake in the present day, the role of Ben should and would be played by an actor with a South Asian background.


Number 4: Enemy neutralized. Ladies and gentlemen, objective completed.


When Newton is driving the NOVA cube van at night, Ben reaches over to turn on the headlamps, but the switch on GM based vans and cab-and-chassis is located to the left of the steering column - totally out of reach of the passenger.

Crazy Credits

The credits are played out over a montage of scenes from the movie, including a pair of scenes that failed to make the final cut. One involves an encounter between Number 5 and a toy robot, the other involves a scene in a scrap yard where a scrapped car that Number 5 is currently sitting in is crushed.


Who's Johnny
("Short Circuit" Theme)
Written by
Péter Wolf (as Peter Wolf) and Ina Wolf
Performed by El DeBarge
Courtesy of Motown Records


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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

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