Bicentennial Man

Bicentennial Man

Chris Columbus (1999)

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Our Score
Based on the work of two sci-fi literary giants, Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg, this futuristic comedy drama could have become a poignant tale about what it means to be human. Unfortunately, Robin Williams plays for tears as Andrew, the android butler assembled to serve one family over four generations. Programmed to follow Asimov's three laws of robotics (a robot may not harm a human being and must obey his or her orders while protecting its own existence), Andrew is treated well by his owner (Sam Neill), but later has himself reconstructed as a human being for the sake of his true love (Embeth Davidtz). Directed by Chris Columbus from a Nicholas Kazan script, the film makes Andrew irritatingly cute (as does the star), undermining Asimov's original analogy with black outsiders. With marvellous effects and ideas scuppered by sentimentality, it's enough to make a mechanical man weep.


A family purchases a robot servant to perform menial tasks but quickly realises this is no ordinary droid when he begins to develop human emotions and the capacity to think for himself, a quality encouraged by his owner's children. He asks for his freedom, and spends the next 200 years struggling to come to terms with its humanity. Chris Columbus's sci-fi drama inspired by the books of Isaac Asimov, starring Robin Williams, Sam Neill, Embeth Davidtz and Oliver Platt.

Cast & Crew

Andrew Robin Williams
Sir Sam Neill
Little Miss/Portia Embeth Davidtz
Rupert Burns Oliver Platt
Ma'am Wendy Crewson
Little Miss/Amanda Martin (Aged seven) Hallie Kate Eisenberg
Dennis Mansky Stephen Root
President Lynne Thigpen
Director Chris Columbus
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: Edited for language. Available on: video and DVD