Bicentennial Man (1999)
Front Cover Actor
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 Kate Eisenberg 7 Year Old 'Little Miss' Amanda Martin
Lindze Letherman 9 Year Old 'Miss' Grace Martin
Angela Landis 'Miss' Grace Martin
John Michael Higgins Bill Feingold, Martin's Lawyer
Bradley Whitford Lloyd Charney
Igor Hiller 10 Year Old Lloyd Charney
Joe Bellan Robot Delivery Man
Brett Wagner Robot Delivery Man
Stephen Root Dennis Mansky, Head of NorthAm Robotics
Scott Waugh Motorcycle Punk
Quinn Smith Frank Charney
Kristy Connelly Monica
Jay Johnston Charles
George Wallace Male President (as George D. Wallace)
Lynne Thigpen President Marjorie Bota
Ples Griffin Zimbabwe Representative
Marcia Pizzo Lloyd's Wife
Paula DuPré Pesman Feingold's Assistant
Clarke Devereux Priest
Bruce Kenneth Wagner Engagement Party Guest
Paula West Singer
Kevin 'Tiny' Ancell Restoration Worker #1
Richard Cross Restoration Worker #2
Adam Bryant Humanoid Head
Eric Fiedler Puppeteer
Billy Bryan Puppeteer
Christopher Nelson Puppeteer
Jim Kundig Puppeteer
Terry Sandin Puppeteer
Mike Elizalde Puppeteer
Mark Garbarino Puppeteer
Christian Ristow Puppeteer
Leonard MacDonald Puppeteer (as Lennie MacDonald)
Dan Rebett Puppeteer
Movie Details
Genre Sci-Fi; Drama; Romance
Director Chris Columbus
Producer Michael Barnathan; Chris Columbus; Gail Katz; Laurence Mark; Neal Miller; Wolfgang Petersen; Mark Radcliffe
Writer Isaac Asimov; Robert Silverberg; Nicholas Kazan
Language English
Audience Rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 132 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
Bicentennial Man was stung at the 1999 box office, due no doubt in part to poor timing during a backlash against Robin Williams and his treacly performances in two other, then-recent releases, Jakob the Liar and Patch Adams. But this near-approximation of a science fiction epic, based on works by Isaac Asimov and directed, with uncharacteristic seriousness of purpose, by Chris Columbus (Mrs. Doubtfire), is much better than one would have known from the knee-jerk negativity and box-office indifference.

Williams plays Andrew, a robot programmed for domestic chores and sold to an upper-middle-class family, the Martins, in the year 2005. The family patriarch (Sam Neill) recognizes and encourages Andrew's uncommon characteristics, particularly his artistic streak, sensitivity to beauty, humor, and independence of spirit. In so doing, he sets Williams's tin man on a two-century journey to become more human than most human beings.

As adapted by screenwriter Nicholas Kazan, the movie's scale is novelistic, though Columbus isn't the man to embrace with Spielbergian confidence its sweeping possibilities. Instead, the Home Alone director shakes off his familiar tendencies to pander and matures, finally, as a captivating storyteller. But what really makes this film matter is its undercurrent of deep yearning, the passion of Andrew as a convert to the human race and his willingness to sacrifice all to give and take love. Williams rises to an atypical challenge here as a futuristic Everyman, relying, perhaps for the first time, on his considerable iconic value to make the point that becoming human means becoming more like Robin Williams. Nothing wrong with that. --Tom Keogh

Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 25
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
UPC 717951004888
Release Date 2003
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
Links
Internet Movie Database