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Short Circuit


John Badham

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Plot Summary

Struck by lightning, an endearing little robot known only as "Number 5" escapes from an experimental electronics firm. Technician Newton Crosby (Steve Guttenberg) and his indecipherable East Indian assistant, Ben Jabituya (Fisher Stevens), set out to locate Number 5 before the military can go through with its plans to destroy the robot. Number 5 takes refuge with loopy Stephanie Speck (Ally Sheedy), who is convinced that the mechanical man is an extraterrestrial. Hoping to teach the "alien" all about Earth, she fills Number 5's memory banks with reams of pop culture — and then the real fun begins.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 35
  • Fresh: 20
  • Rotten: 15
  • Average Rating: 5.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The movie, which has the clean, well-scrubbed look of an old Disney comedy, is nicely acted by Miss Sheedy, who demonstrates a light-comedy touch not unlike Amy Irving's [and] Mr. Guttenberg. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Apr 2, 2014

Fresh: Scripters get credit for some terrific dialog that would have been a lot less disarming if not for the winsome robot and Sheedy's affection for it. Guttenberg plays his best goofy self. – Variety Staff, Variety, Apr 2, 2014

Rotten: The film has nowhere to go except to give us a predictable initial confrontation between Guttenberg and Sheedy over military weapons. – Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune, Apr 2, 2014

Rotten: It's basically a kid's movie, and quite possibly the kids will like it. But they'll have to be fairly young kids. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Apr 2, 2014

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Customer Reviews


Finnaly Short Circuit 1 & 2 are on iTunes! Thank you apple!!!!! But, I need to settle something first. THIS LOOKS LIKE WALLE BECAUSE WALLE IS A RIP-OFF OF THIS MOVIE! GET THIS ONE INSTEAD OF WALLE!!! You can get the latest remastered edition on DVD and blu-ray. This is the original version, so if you haven't seen this masterpiece yet, BUY IT! DON'T RENT IT!!!!

A Touching Story

What a great movie. It is very warmhearted and I recomend it to all who want a nice story. My younger brother has loved this movie for years and we own both Short Circut 1 & 2 on DVD. Thank you Apple!


It's a very upbeat and happy movie, with a wonderful and lovable main character. This is perfect for when you just want a nice cheery movie to enjoy.

Short Circuit
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2000

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