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Robot & Frank (2012)

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In the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.

Director:

Jake Schreier

Writer:

Christopher Ford (screenplay)
2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Langella ... Frank
James Marsden ... Hunter
Liv Tyler ... Madison
Peter Sarsgaard ... Robot (voice)
Susan Sarandon ... Jennifer
Jeremy Strong ... Jake
Jeremy Sisto ... Sheriff Rowlings
Rachael Ma ... Robot Performer
Bonnie Bentley ... Ava
Ana Gasteyer ... Shoplady
Katherine Waterston ... Shopgirl
Dario Barosso ... Freckles
Joshua Ormond Joshua Ormond ... Flattop
James D. Compton James D. Compton ... Skinny Sheriff
Dana Morgan ... Additional Robot Performer
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Storyline

In the near future, Frank is a retired catburglar living alone while his successful son, Hunter, tries to care for him from afar. Finally, Hunter gets him a robot caretaker, but Frank soon learns that it is as useful as a burglary aide. As Frank tries to restart his old profession, the uncomfortable realities of a changing world and his worsening dementia threaten to take beyond what any reboot can do for him. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Plot Keywords:

burglary | robot | dementia | thief | heist | See All (55) »

Taglines:

Friendship doesn't have an off switch.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Un amigo para Frank See more »

Filming Locations:

Rye, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,539, 19 August 2012

Gross USA:

$3,325,038

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,806,423
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Reunites Frank Langella with James Marsden after Superman Returns (2006) and The Box (2009). In Bryan Singer's movie they played uncle and nephew (Perry and Richard White). See more »

Goofs

After the Robot is switched on for the first time, you can see the reflection of a crew member on the side of Hunter's car, then another time after the Robot goes into the house. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[a phone rings, and a recorded female voice announces: "Call from Madison Weld. Call from Madison Weld"]
Frank: [Sleepy] Hello?
Madison: Hey, dad!
Frank: What? Wha...?
Madison: [On a wall video phone, with noisy transmission] Daddy, it's me, Madison. Hi!
Frank: Oh, yeah! Yeah... Hey. How are you doing?
Madison: I'm wonderful. Turkmenistan is so beautiful. I am sorry I haven't called. How are you?
Frank: Oh! You know... fine. I'm OK.
Madison: Has Hunter been coming around?
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The end credits show various scenes of industrial and research robots performing various tasks, such as walking, gripping everyday items, pouring drinks and serving trays. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cinematic Excrement: That's My Boy (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Fugue in C minor. K.546
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Andrew Manze & The English Concert
Courtesy of harmonica mundi usa, inc.
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An amusing & affecting look at technology, aging, and family
20 April 2012 | by frimp13See all my reviews

A funny & touching film that is very effective at getting the audience to identify and empathize with Frank Langella's aging character, a former cat burglar who is gradually growing senile. Frank's son buys him a robot caretaker --a health-nut disciplinarian with a soft spot in its hardware heart -- and Frank eventually persuades the robot to be his partner-in-crime in some late-life capers he has planned.

The film is cleverly and ambiguously set in the "near future," so the 30- & 40-somethings of today could easily be the Franks of tomorrow: still using the slang of the 2000s & 2010s, not scared of the latest technology but still somewhat befuddled by it, and rather aghast when young people ask us about our quaint "relationship with printed media."


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