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, who hopes to get to Number 5 before the military does. In the meantime, a spunky animal lover mistakes the robot for an alien and takes him in, teaching her new guest about life on Earth.

  1. Brent Maddock


  2. John Badham


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  1. Ally Sheedy

    Ally Sheedy

    Stephanie Speck

  2. Steve Guttenberg

    Steve Guttenberg

    Newton Crosby

  3. Fisher Stevens

    Fisher Stevens

    Ben Jabituya

  4. Austin Pendleton

    Austin Pendleton

    Howard Marner

  5. G. W. Bailey

    G. W. Bailey


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Status Released

Release Information

  • May 9, 1986
    PG, Theatrical

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 38m

Budget -

Revenue $40,697,761.00

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