A to Z Challenge – Short Circuit

Short Circuit.jpgShort Circuit


Directed by John Badham

Quick Synopsis… After a lightning bolt zaps a robot named Number 5, the lovable machine starts to think he’s human and escapes the lab. Hot on his trail is his designer, Newton (Steve Guttenberg), who hopes to get to Number 5 before the military does. In the meantime, a spunky animal lover (Ally Sheedy) mistakes the robot for an alien and takes him in, teaching her new guest about life on Earth. This high-tech comedy adventure hit spawned a 1988 sequel.

  • It’s hard to think of the 80s and not think about Short Circuit.
  • Unless you’ve never seen it… then it wouldn’t spring to mind when you think of any particular decade.
  • Nova Robotics is showing off their latest robots from the S.A.I.N.T. project.
  • I know they mention what S.A.I.N.T. stands for, but I missed it…
  • I know I could rewind it, but it’s late and I have a headache…
  • Seriously guys, get off my back about it…
  • Anyway, these are five armed prototypes that look like life size versions of Wall-E.
  • Except these things don’t compact garbage into nifty little cubes.
  • No, the blow stuff up with their nifty little lasers.
  • I guess, since this came first, Wall-E looks like a miniature version of these things…
  • The unit designated Number 5 was struck by lightning and stops responding to commands.
  • It then escapes the Nova compound.
  • The robots’ creator, Newton Crosby (Steve Guttenberg) is brought in to track Number 5 down.
  • But before they can get their hands on the robot, Number 5 encounters and even becomes friends with Stephanie Speck (Ally Sheedy).
  • When Stephanie attempts to return Number 5 to Nova, the robot becomes afraid.
  • Since it is malfunctioning, Nova will disassemble the robot to find out what happened, fix it, then put it back together.
  • But Number 5 equates disassembling with death and has the epiphany that he is alive.
  • Stephanie is convinced that Number 5 is alive and eventually they convince Crosby of the same thing.
  • But Nova’s military branch is still on Number 5’s tail and they want to take this thing out by any means necessary.
  • In the end, Number 5 builds a replica that is good enough to trick the bad guys into thinking they’ve destroyed him.
  • But he’s a sneaky little living robot and he rides off into the sunset with Newton and Stephanie.
  • Number 5 will return as Johnny 5 in Short Circuit 2. Believe it or not.

Does Short Circuit make you nostalgic for the 80s? What did you think of the movie if you’ve seen it? Did you like the sequel? Tomorrow’s movie is a recent ensemble comedy that’s based on a true story. I’ll give you one of the actors in it: Jon Hamm. Is that enough to give you any guesses? Let me know in the comments!


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13 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge – Short Circuit

  1. I saw this movie because my mom dropped me off at the the public library for the day to work on a research project and they were showing the movie at the library so I took a “study break.” The movie seemed better for being illicit. I did finish my research project though, so I guess I had the time.

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