Short Circuit is a hip, sexless sci-fi sendup featuring a Defense Dept robot who comes ‘alive’ to become a pop-talking peacenik.
Robot is the one-dimensional No. 5, the ultimate weapon designed by playful computer whiz Dr Newton Crosby (Steve Guttenberg).
By a fluke, No. 5 gets short-circuited and begins to malfunction. It finds itself outside the high-security Nova compound in a chase that lands it on top of a natural foods catering truck and under the influence of its sweet but tough animal-loving owner, Stephanie (Ally Sheedy). Scripters get credit for some terrific dialog that would have been a lot less disarming if not for the winsome robot and Sheedy’s affection for it. Guttenberg plays his best goofy self.
Tri-Star/PSO. Director John Badham; Producer David Foster, Lawrence Turman; Screenplay S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock; Camera Nick McLean; Editor Frank Morriss; Music David Shire; Art Director Dianne Wager
(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 98 MIN.
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