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Bicentennial Man (1999)

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An android endeavors to become human as he gradually acquires emotions.

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Chris Columbus

Writers:

Isaac Asimov (short story "The Bicentennial Man"), Isaac Asimov (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Andrew Martin
Embeth Davidtz ... Little Miss Amanda Martin / Portia Charney
Sam Neill ... 'Sir' Richard Martin
Oliver Platt ... Rupert Burns
Kiersten Warren ... Galatea
Wendy Crewson ... 'Ma'am' Martin
Hallie Eisenberg ... Little Miss Amanda Martin - Age 7 (as Hallie Kate Eisenberg)
Lindze Letherman ... 'Miss' Grace Martin - Age 9
Angela Landis ... 'Miss' Grace Martin
John Michael Higgins ... Bill Feingold - Martin's Lawyer
Bradley Whitford ... Lloyd Charney
Igor Hiller Igor Hiller ... Lloyd Charney - Age 10
Joe Bellan Joe Bellan ... Robot Delivery Man #1
Brett Wagner ... Robot Delivery Man #2
Stephen Root ... Dennis Mansky - Head of NorthAm Robotics
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Storyline

This film follows the 'life' and times of the lead character, an android who is purchased as a household robot programmed to perform menial tasks. Within a few days the Martin family realizes that they don't have an ordinary droid as Andrew begins to experience emotions and creative thought. In a story that spans two centuries, Andrew learns the intricacies of humanity while trying to stop those who created him from destroying him. Written by <N2XFYLS@aol.com>

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Taglines:

One robot's 200 year journey to become an ordinary man.

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Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Andrew Martin See more »

Filming Locations:

Alameda, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,234,926, 19 December 1999

Gross USA:

$58,223,861

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$87,423,861
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The futuristic headquarters of "NorthAm Robotics" are actually the headquarters of Oracle Corporation, in Redwood Shores, California. See more »

Goofs

The final scene in which the nurse robot stops life support systems on request is invalid; the First Law of Robotics would have prevented it. No amount of begging would result in a positronic robot assisting in suicide or euthanasia. In fact, according to Asimov's stories, even witnessing a human being hurt might destroy a robot's positronic brain and the movie acknowledges the Three Laws of Robotics. See more »

Quotes

[after Sir explains about sex]
Andrew Martin: It all sounds so very... messy.
Sir: That's... a fair point
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Alternate Versions

In America Touchstone Pictures logo is used first and then Columbia Pictures. In the UK and Ireland its switched the other way around. See more »

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References Demolition Man (1993) See more »

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A beautifully Innocent Film
16 January 2005 | by mjw2305See all my reviews

Firstly, i have not read Asimov's book and therefore cannot remark on any errors in translation from book to film.

I have read many of the comments posted here on the IMDb, but fail to see why so many people feel the need to mention that the world is perceived as perfect in the the future, maybe it is, maybe it isn't, the fact is, it's not important. This movie quite simply follows the life of a man trapped in a robots body and his quest to be accepted in the world, and be allowed to love and cherish the people close to him.

I have to say that i didn't expect much from this movie, i thought it would be a kids film, full of typical Robin Williams style laughs, i was way off in my assumption. This is probably Robin Williams's best performance and it is a very emotional journey through change and development of the human condition.

Overall the film is quite amusing, very touching and is full of realistic characters all very well cast to not overshadow 'Andrew' as he quests over 200 years for acceptance.

A great movie 9/10


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