Actors: Maureen Stapleton, Edward Herrmann, Paul Benedict, Robert MacNaughton
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about The Electric Grandmother (1981 TV)|
|Devastated by the loss of their wife and mother, a man and his three young children hobble along briefly with the help of a grating aunt, then decide to take a chance on a robot grandmother manufactured by Fantoccini Inc. One day she is delivered in an Egyptian sarcophagus by helicopter. The two boys, Tom and Timothy, take to her right away: after all, she can shoot hot chocolate from her finger, or spool endless thread out of her finger like a spider to fly a kite! Their sister Agatha, still grieving and mistrustful, is a much harder sell. Ray Bradbury adapted his marvelous story "I Sing the Body Electric!" for this low budget but heartfelt 49-minute teleplay. Herrmann plays the father, Stapleton is a fine robot grandma. MacNaughton would resurface as Michael, one of ET's kid allies, the following year.
--David Loftus, Resident Scholar
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Composition of Movie
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzle - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 80%
**Fantasy or Science Fiction?**
- science fiction story
Robots & Computers & VR
- helpful robots doing good
- Robot, genderless
Has special powers?
Magical/mental powers of main character:
- can read emotions
- super strength
- is very quick
- fat (woman)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor?
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Very much smarter than other characters
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- brunette (Brown)
- (man) short/standard straight
How much in movie?
- White (American)
- 20th century (1970's to Present)
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Tone of movie
Comedy or somewhat funny movie?
Is this movie based on a
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