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Short Circuit

Year: 1986
Production Co: David Foster Productions
Studio: Columbia
Director: John Badham
Writer: S S Wilson/Brent Maddock
Cast: Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens

One of those films that enjoys much wider recognition than people who've actually seen it. It's become a sort of shorthand for dodgy artificial intelligence, much like the line 'go ahead, make my day' is a cultural marker for tough cops although many more people know the line than those who've seen it or can even name which film it's from.

In the tradition of such scientifically dubious ideas behind Electric Dreams and Eagle Eye, a synthetic being achieves self awareness thanks to a lightning strike, goes on the run for fear of being reprogrammed and teams up with a young girl (Sheedy) who he asks to help him convince the eggheads he's alive and should be left to live his life.

As clichéd as all hell until you remember it was essentially a kids' movie.

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