"I am thinking she is a virgin. Or at least she used to be."
- Ben (Fisher Stevens) to Newton (Steve Guttenberg), about Stephanie (Ally Sheedy)
"Number Five is alive!"
- Number 5
New York Times - 05/09/1986
"...The clean, well-scrubbed look of an old Disney movie....Amiable..."
Variety - 05/07/1986
"...Clever, funny and fresh....[Featuring] some terrific dialog..."
When a laser-armed Department of Defense robot named Number 5 gets zapped by a lightning bolt, he "malfunctions" and starts spouting peace slogans and developing a human-like consciousness. Naturally, the newly pacifist machine wants out of the military and escapes. As a frantic search for the creature begins, Number 5 settles down in his new home, with a gentle young woman named Stephanie (Ally Sheedy), who has every intention of holding on to her find, teaching Number 5 about popular culture and other mysteries of life. Thoroughly convinced that the robot is alive, she develops a strong bond with the creature. In order to prevent his capture by the military--who view Number 5 as an armed-and-dangerous weapon--the pair must convince his inventor, a reclusive scientist named Newton Crosby (Steve Guttenberg), that he is truly alive and more than just a metal machine. The highly innovative robot created for director John Badham's film brings to mind other lovable science fiction icons such as E.T. and R2D2 from STAR WARS.
A top secret government project with laser-armed robots goes awry when a bolt of lightning zaps Robot Number 5 and brings it to life. Not wanting to be a military mobile weapon, Number 5 escapes and the adventure begins. He soon meets a gentle young woman (Ally Sheedy) who recognizes his human-like abilities and personality, and crusades for his protection against government agents who see Number 5 only as a threat.
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