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D.A.R.Y.L.

Pic manages to get off to a strong start with a scenic chase through a curving mountain road as a chopper bears down on a racing car. Just before crashing, the driver pushes out a young boy who is rescued and taken into a foster home by the Richardsons (Mary Beth Hurt and Michael McKean). The Richardsons later find that this strange young man is a robot.

With:
Mary Beth Hurt Michael McKean Kathryn Walker Colleen Camp Josef Sommer Barret Oliver

Pic manages to get off to a strong start with a scenic chase through a curving mountain road as a chopper bears down on a racing car. Just before crashing, the driver pushes out a young boy who is rescued and taken into a foster home by the Richardsons (Mary Beth Hurt and Michael McKean). The Richardsons later find that this strange young man is a robot.

After establishing a cozy domestic situation the film takes off in a different direction when his ‘parents’ come to take Daryl (Barret Oliver) home. Home is a top security research facility where scientists Josef Sommer and Kathryn Walker have given birth to D.A.R.Y.L. Acronym stands for Data Analyzing Robot Youth Lifeform and Daryl is described as ‘an experiment in artificial intelligence.’

Second half of the picture is the most far-fetched and also the most fun as the young robot gets to show off some of his powers.

D.A.R.Y.L.

Production: Paramount. Director Simon Wincer; Producer John Heyman; Screenplay David Ambrose, Allan Scott, Jeffrey Ellis; Camera Frank Watts; Editor Adrian Carr; Music Marvin Hamlisch; Art Director Alan Cassie

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1985. Running time: 99 MIN.

With: Mary Beth Hurt Michael McKean Kathryn Walker Colleen Camp Josef Sommer Barret Oliver

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