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Bicentennial Man

(Bicentennial Man)
A movie directed by Chris Columbus
1999 - 130 minutes - Color - Dolby Digital - 1.85 : 1
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Andrew, the robot who wanted to be human - Bicentennial Man (Bicentennial Man)

Andrew, the robot who wanted to be human

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Technical Crew

Original title
Bicentennial Man

Der 200 Jahre Mann
Andrew Martin

Chris Columbus

Writing credits
Nicholas Kazan

"The Positronic Man" a novel by
Isaac Asimov
Isaac Asimov
Robert Silverberg

Michael Barnathan
Chris Columbus
Gail Katz
Laurence Mark
Neal Miller
Wolfgang Petersen
Mark Radcliffe

Executive Producer
Dan Kolsrud

Associated Producer
Paula DuPré Pesman

James Horner

Phil Meheux

Nicolas De Toth
Neil Travis

Janet Hirshenson
Jane Jenkins

Production Designer
Norman Reynolds

Art Direction
William Hiney
Bruton E. Jones Jr.
Mark Mansbridge

Set Decoration
Anne Kuljian

Costume Design
Joseph G. Aulisi

Makeup Department
Karen Blynder
Lee Ann Brittenham
Greg Cannom
Cheri Minns
Brian Sipe
Yolanda Toussieng
Keith Vanderlaan
Brad Wilder
Wes Wofford

Production Manager
Geoffrey D. Hansen

Assistant Director
Jennifer Giancola
L. Dean Jones Jr.
Michael Kitchens
Maggie Murphy
David Sardi

Art Department
Don Abblett
Kristin Argue
Brian Bero
Nicholas Blake
Dave Bornstein
Stephen J. Gardner
Ruby Guidara
Geoff Hubbard
Peter Maguire
Steven B. Melton

Sound Department
Sandina Lena Bailo-Lape
Eleanor Beaton
Beau Borders
Karen A. Brocco
Yin Cantor
Tony Eckert
David Hughes
Stephen Kearney
Michael Meier
Jonathan Null

Special Effects
Joseph 'Chris' Allen
Christian T. Andrews
Dave Barkovitz
Billy Bryan
Jeff Buccaccio
Fred Cervantes
Shea Clayton
Brian Cox
Frank Diettinger
Bernie Eichholz

Visual Effects
Brian Adams
Jon Aghassian
Scott Alexander
Ron Annunziata
Daniel Arkin
Bob Arvin
Hank Barrio
Scott Beattie
R. Christopher Biggs
James Blevins

Laura Dash
Mike Martinez
Tim Meredith
Mike Mitchell
Jeff Mosley

Larry Aube
Phil Bray
Michael Brennan
Greg Childers
Michael Coo

Derek Baskerville
Karen Bellamy
Victoria de Kay
Jennifer Holyfied
Chrisi Karvonides

Editorial Department
Mike Mertens
Ken Terry
Michael J. Wechsler

Music Department
Bob Bornstein
Marshall Bowen
Harvey Cohen
Sandy De Crescent
Nancy Fogarty

Production Companies
1492 Pictures
Columbia Pictures Corporation
Laurence Mark Productions
Radiant Productions
Touchstone Pictures

Buena Vista Pictures (Usa)
Columbia TriStar Film (Germany)

The Story Full Story 


Year 2005. In this beginning of 21st century, technological progress have generalized. Family Martin acquire a robot for domestic usage NDR-114 created by M.A. Robotics. This new machine is soon named Andrew.

Welcome home Andrew - Bicentennial Man

Welcome home Andrew

As time passes, Andrew makes proof of creativity and feelings - a strange behavior for a machine. For the President of M.A. Robotics, its new feelings would come from a bug. Refusing to leave it to be dismantled by the company so as to to study it, Martin decide then to process it as a human being, so as to allow it to develop this particularity. Little by little the android learns to better know the human beings and to better serve them. It understands humor, sexuality and throws in the learning of jokes.

Richard Martin finds some particularities in his robot - Bicentennial Man

Richard Martin finds some particularities in his robot

Year after year, the Martin family his getting older and Andrew remains always the same. It asks to obtain its liberty, an idea revealed by the reading of hundred of books. When its master dies, some thirty years later, Andrew, that desires more than anyone to become human, throws in search of its destiny. At the end of a ten years trip and thousands of kilometers, Andrew finds no trace of other MDR-114 robot. Nevertheless it makes the knowledge of Rupert Burns, ancient programmer at M.A. Robotics, the son of the one who created expressions for robots. Burns has realized some new robotics feats but nobody has ever financed his researches.

Rupper Burns helps Andrew to become a human - Bicentennial Man

Rupper Burns helps Andrew to become a human

Andrew, that has since so many years amassed a real fortune building clocks, proposes then to finance him for its own interest. Rupper manufactures it the body and the face of a 40 years old man. Feeling a bit more human, it returns to visit the Martins after 20 years. It meets Portia whoom it falls in love with. With the assistance of Rupper, it conceives a nervous system similar to the humans and integrates it to its body. But she makes it understand that it is an impossible love ; Andrew is and will always remain a machine…

Andrew meets Portia - Bicentennial Man

Andrew meets Portia

Nevertheless, by dint of persuasion and physical modifications as well as mental, Andrew becomes a real man who eats and feels everything. He wishes that one takes him for a human being and that one allows him to marry another human being. Only his immortality prevents him from demonstrating his complete humanity. Many years later, Portia is now 75 years old. She knows that she'll have to leave this world and Andrew knows that he won't be able to live without her. He makes implant blood that will deteriorate little by little his organism. Andrew Martin can now die. Ahead the world parliament, he explains the fundamental engine of his existence by telling that he prefers to die as a human rather than to live for the eternity as a machine. Andrew Martin, after 200 years of existence becomes the oldest man of the history of humanity. His marriage with Portia is now possible to the dawn of her announced death.

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