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Short Circuit (Special Edition) (1986)

G.W. Bailey , John Garber , '  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (310 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: G.W. Bailey, John Garber, Steve Guttenberg, Robert Krantz, Tom Lawrence
  • Directors: '
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (310 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014WAC3I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,419 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Something wonderful has happened-- Number Five is alive! Steve Guttenberg and Ally Sheedy co-star in this high tech comedy adventure about Number Five, a robot who escapes into the real world after he short circuits in an electrical storm and decides that he's human. Because he's carrying destructive weapons, the Defense Department and his designer (Guttenberg) are desperate to find him. But Number Five is being protected by a young woman (Sheedy) who is teaching him a gentler way of life.

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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Number 5 - And Your Family Will Too! July 18, 2002
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Short Circuit is one of those movies that when it came out in 1985 I remembered walking out thinking what a fun film that was. Alley Sheedy and Steve Guttenberg were a great screen team. And fresh of Saturday Night Fever ad Wargames, director John Badham really showed the compassionate side of humanity. This is a warm and friendly family film for everyone.
The plot is simple - aren't they all? The military develops a device meant for war and `first strike' and decides to take it to the officials of the government for funding. Five very unique and laser-powered robots are built. Something happens to one of them, "Number 5", during the demonstration where an electrical storm creates an electrical surge and super jolts Number 5. Guess what? He comes alive! Complete with a personality and a small amount charm. He escapes (accidentally) and befriends an animal activist Stephanie (Sheedy) while Newton (Guttenberg) is assigned to chase him down and get him back.
Now add the adversary of the military trying to destroy him and you've got a great chase movie. Filled with laughs, bits, gags and a few scene stealing lines, this movie makes you believe that Number 5 IS alive! Some great supporting character roles and a lot of technically puppetry that would make even George Lucas jealous - the energy in this movie is great.
The DVD extras include a commentary with the director and writers as well as the original 1985 interviews with cast and crew. This is definitely a fun family film and something everyone who likes science fiction and fantasy mixed together will enjoy this a lot!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
In 1986, the film "Short Circuit" was released in theaters and made over $40 million domestically. The film about a US military robot gone awol after an electrical surge and eventually developing a conscience attracted moviegoers.

The film is directed by John Badham ("WarGames", "Blue Thunder", "Point of No Return") and a screenplay written by S.S. Wilson ("Wild Wild West", "Ghost Dad", "Tremors") and Brent Maddock ("Wild Wild West", "Heart and Souls", "Ghost Dad").

The film kicks off with a military testing as NOVA Robotics is showcasing five robots developed for the Department of Defense. The military looks to use these robots against Moscow (note: This film was released during the Cold War between the US and U.S.S.R.) and we see the robots taking out tanks and vehicles with their laser beams.

Due to weather, everyone is brought inside of the laboratory to celebrate the robots and a Senator requests for the PR director of NOVA Robotics Howard Marner (played by Austin Pendleton, "Glass Houses", "Dirty Work", "Christmas with the Cranks") to meet the designer Graham Crosby, Ph.D. (played by Steve Guttenberg, "Police Academy" films, "Veronica Mars", "Three Men and a Baby" films) and his partner Ben Jabituya (played by Fisher Stevens, "Lost", "Awake", "Undiscovered").

While the NOVA staff, military and politicians are admiring the robots, the five military robots are being prepared for the Department of Defense but while the robot No. 5 is still hooked up to a generator, a lightning bolt hits the generator which produces a surge affecting the robot.

Next thing you know, No.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Circuit Breaks Out With Laughter" April 12, 1999
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"Short Circuit" is one of those motion pictures that I enjoy viewing so much about a Nova Robotics Robot named Number 5, struck by a power surge of lightning and giving him life. He suddenly escapes with a malfunction and searches for "imput". Later, he befriends a young woman named Stephanie Speck (Ally Sheedy) who gives him imput about life including animals, laughter from the Three Stooges on TV and even death (or in Number 5's case, "disassembled.") He then learns that Nova and the team want Number 5 destroyed and makes a break for it through the roads of Oregon. Steve Guttenberg plays a creator of the Nova robots when he and his friend Ben Jabituya (Fisher Stevens) look for the robot first before Howard (Austin Pendleton) and Skroeder (G.W. Bailey) does and destroy him. The show stealer is Number 5 (voiced by Tim Blaney.) The comedy Number 5 shows in "Short Circuit" will please kids as well as adults with hilarious and touching moments at times. Look for outstanding filming throughout Oregon that in my opinion is almost like driving through Arizona. TriStar Pictures, Inc./PSO Presentations, 1986, Rated PG for language and some violence.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Five Alive August 6, 2006
What would you do if your $11 million killer robot suffered a serious power surge, escaped, and now, rather than blowing up tanks and troops and stuff, was out chasing butterflies and convincing animal loving Ally Sheedy that a) he's not a martian, and b) he's alive? Why, you'd send out the military/goon types to bring him back so you could disassemble him and find out what went wrong. Right?

Well, disassembling a robot is an awful lot like dissecting an animal, and it doesn't take long for that ingratiating buckets of bolts who calls himself Five ("Five alive!") to figure any of that out. With the resourceful Ally on board Five is soon learning about life and eluding his bumbling pursuers. Among those in pursuit is Five's creator, Steve Guttenberg, and his vaguely Indian or Pakastani assistant Fisher Stevens. The movie indicates that there's an urgency to finding the errant robot before the guys with the guns do, but it's hard to tell - the actor Guttenberg doesn't do `urgency' terribly well, and Fisher Stevens seems an over-caffienated bundle of energy. While in most movies either character would be too much (or too little,) in SHORT CIRCUIT the two rather neatly cancel each other out.

SHORT CIRCUIT is one of those movies you like despite yourself. It's corny and obvious and seemed aimed at non-discriminating 10-year-olds. Guttenberg is a cinderblock of an actor, and while I bought Five's breathless declaration - "Five alive!" - if I heard Guttenberg say it I'd probably ask for proof. Whatever humor you can milk from ineptly gung-ho military types is milked dry long before they put away their guns. Still, this one seems safe and relatively acceptable to all age groups. Sheedy's a marvel, and her scenes with Five contain whatever magic this story holds. Probably not a classic, but touching in spots. Medium strong recommendation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun 80s movie
I was very excited to see this was released on Blu-ray. I do admit that I only viewed the main feature but the picture looked very good and the sound was also an improvement over... Read more
Published 8 days ago by William
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute story
A cute movie we bought to watch with our grandchildren. The story is cute and catching - a robot who is struck by lightning and comes alive. It is funny and appealing. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Sabra Zautke
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute
This is a really cute movie. I'm glad I was able to find it. Good clean movie for the entire family to watch.
Published 11 days ago by Berta Finley
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
This is a highly entertaining movie for adults and kids. Johnny Five is alive. After the movie came out in video, It hit number one in video sales.
Published 14 days ago by Dennis Allard
5.0 out of 5 stars Never gets old!
My husband loves the old movies and this is one of the classics that you can watch over and over!
Published 14 days ago by Lmel
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute story
My grand kids and I love this DVD. It has a cute story line and is very entertaining. I will keep it.
Published 17 days ago by Law Student Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars fun from start to finish
funny story, clean, laughs from the start,. great stars, a great evenings entertainment, won't disappoint you watch it with the kids
Published 21 days ago by Ian
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming and funny movie!!
Such a wonderful and funny story. One of the characters consistently fractures colloquialisms providing for some great laughs. Read more
Published 27 days ago by NeilG
5.0 out of 5 stars Technology is illusionary!
I enjoyed this movie even though at the time of its release, computing really wasn't capable of such a transformation.
Published 29 days ago by 2bland
3.0 out of 5 stars not the best for young kids
I loved this movie back when I was 12, bought it to show to my younger kids (oldest is 8) and was shocked how much inuendo and bad language there is, nothing super bad, but not the... Read more
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