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Short Circuit (Special Edition)
Short Circuit
Special Edition
Actors: Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens, Austin Pendleton, G.W. Bailey
Director: John Badham
Genres: Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy
PG     2000     1hr 38min

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 e...  more »


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Actors: Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens, Austin Pendleton, G.W. Bailey
Director: John Badham
Creators: Dana Satler Hankins, David Foster, Dennis E. Jones, Gary Foster, Gregg Champion, Brent Maddock, S.S. Wilson
Genres: Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: John Hughes, Comedy
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/19/2000
Original Release Date: 05/09/1986
Theatrical Release Date: 05/09/1986
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 1hr 38min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
Edition: Special Edition
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Loved Number 5 - And Your Family Will Too!
Lorenzo M. in the Hollywood CA Area | North Hollywood, CA USA | 07/19/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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!"
Five Alive
Steven Hellerstedt | 08/07/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"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.
"Circuit Breaks Out With Laughter"
Lorenzo M. in the Hollywood CA Area | 04/13/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

""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."
Johnny 5 short circuited my heart
Tom Stamatis | The hard streets of Sokie, IL | 01/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I bestow this epic Johnny-5 out of 5 stars.

Not since "Police Academy 4 - Citizens on Patrol" has Steve Guttenberg given us such a stunning performance. Mr. Guttenberg doesn't tell the story he lets the story tell itself. The cast of supporting actors shine as well. Keeping up nicely with the high mark Mr. Guttenberg has set. It's a shame that they weren't the recipients of the 1986 Academy Award. Johnny 5 the most lovable of the bunch looks similar to what you would have if you were to take a box cutter and slowly skin away the latex covering on E.T. to reveal just the animatronic puppet beneath. Even with the aforementioned statement Johnny still makes for a very deep and inspirational character. In fact he inspired me to pursue my love for Jamie Lyons, and just for the record ,Jamie, it doesn't say anywhere in the restraining order that I can't mention you in a online movie review of Short Circuit on so just lay off b1tch, God I love you!!

The story starts with Johnny 5 as a killing machine made for Military uses. After getting struck by lightning in a demo for the Military Johnny receives feelings and the ability to tell bad jokes. Funny because a friend of mine Keith Ko, was struck by lightning and all he received was 10 minutes of unconsciousness and a soiled pair of tighty whiteies to boot. After Johnny gets his new found talents he takes us all on a journey that we will not soon forget. It's up to you if you will take this journey with him. Buy this DVD and for the next 2 hours you can leave all yours woes, transgressions and that DUI behind you and just enjoy the trip.