Short Circuit

Short Circuit

John Badham (1986)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Youngsters will love this hip fantasy comedy, in which a government robot called Number Five gets struck by lightning, goes AWOL, and takes on hilarious human characteristics. As Steve Guttenberg's goofy inventor tries to locate his missing model, the cute cyborg befriends vegetarian animal lover Stephanie (Ally Sheedy) and has a series of misadventures. John Badham directs with the lightest of touches, and funny moments include the runaway robot's mimicry of John Wayne, the Three Stooges and John Travolta; not so funny is Number Five's incessant whine of "Stephanie", which may force grown-ups to leave the room.


A military robot is struck by lightning and develops a mind of its own. The machine embarks on a series of comic misadventures, but the company that made him want him back. He realises his only hope is to convince the scientist who invented him that he really is alive. Sci-fi comedy adventure, starring Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy and Fisher Stevens.

Cast & Crew

Stephanie Speck Ally Sheedy
Newton Crosby Steve Guttenberg
Ben Jabituya Fisher Stevens
Howard Marner Austin Pendleton
Skroeder G W Bailey
Frank Brian McNamara
Number Five Tim Blaney
Otis John Garber
Director John Badham
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for violence and language.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Comedy