When a laser-armed Department of Defense robot named Number 5 gets zapped by a lightning bolt, he "malfunctions" and starts spouting peace slogans and developing a human-like consciousness. Naturally, the newly pacifist machine wants out of the military and escapes. As a frantic search for the creature begins, Number 5 settles down in his new home, with a gentle young woman named Stephanie (Ally Sheedy), who has every intention of holding on to her find, teaching Number 5 about popular culture and other mysteries of life. Thoroughly convinced that the robot is alive, she develops a strong bond with the creature. In order to prevent his capture by the military--who view Number 5 as an armed-and-dangerous weapon--the pair must convince his inventor, a reclusive scientist named Newton Crosby (Steve Guttenberg), that he is truly alive and more than just a metal machine. The highly innovative robot created for director John Badham's film brings to mind other lovable science fiction icons such as E.T. and R2D2 from STAR WARS.
Fisher Stevens - American Film/TV Actor
Austin Pendleton - Star, BAD CITY (2006)
Ally Sheedy - American Actress
John Badham - Director
Steve Guttenberg - American actor, THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL, POLICE ACADEMY
Steven Guttenberg - American actor, THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL, POLICE ACADEMY
David Oliver - Director/Producer
A top secret government project with laser-armed robots goes awry when a bolt of lightning zaps Robot Number 5 and brings it to life. Not wanting to be a military mobile weapon, Number 5 escapes and the adventure begins. He soon meets a gentle young woman (Ally Sheedy) who recognizes his human-like abilities and personality, and crusades for his protection against government agents who see Number 5 only as a threat.
It took five months to design and build the unique Number Five robot. Ultimately, director John Badham required 20 Number Fives to be built for use in stunts, spare parts, and doubles. In one scene, Stephanie (Ally Sheedy) and Number 5 dance to a clip from director John Badham's SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER.
"...The clean, well-scrubbed look of an old Disney movie....Amiable..." - 05/09/1986 New York Times, p.C6
"...Clever, funny and fresh....[Featuring] some terrific dialog..." - 05/07/1986 Variety