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"Something wonderful has happened... No. 5 is alive!"
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Short Circuit is a modern take on an old classic. The story is a twist on the classic Pinocchio. Our hero, Number 5, was built to be used for Cold War purposes by the military. The inventors, not as interested in building new weapons, teach the robots to be musical and socially helpful. An electrical storm wipes out the program, and the fifth robot in the series, SAINT 5, gets a personal jolt that changes his perception. He has become a sentient being with thoughts and feelings. SAINT 5 has the opportunity to escape when a second related accident removes him from the facilities where he was created. He wanders about, not knowing where or who he is until he finds someone who will help him.

Number 5 finds a kindred spirit: a woman who loves animals. She first thinks that Number 5 is from outer space but then realizes, when she reads a manufacture's tag on him, that he is a scientific device. Stephanie, the animal-lover, helps Number 5 to learn as much as possible, as he continues to require "input" throughout the movie. Through their experiences together they both realize that he is no longer a robot. He is actually alive!

One of the scientists who created Number 5 is more difficult to convince than the other. Number 5 is found with Stephanie, and they attempt to recover him. The adventures the quartet

| 1986 | 1 hr 38 min | 6.7/10 | 50/100
Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens, Austin Pendleton
Producers Sales Organization, Turman-Foster Company
John Badham
Produced By
David Foster, Lawrence Turman

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