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Heartbeeps (1981)

Two household robots run away and try to start a family.

Director:

Allan Arkush

Writer:

John Hill
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Kaufman ... Val
Bernadette Peters ... Aqua
Randy Quaid ... Charlie
Kenneth McMillan ... Max
Melanie Mayron ... Susan
Christopher Guest ... Calvin
Richard B. Shull ... Factory Boss
Dick Miller ... Factory Watchman
Kathleen Freeman ... Helicopter Pilot
Mary Woronov ... Party House Owner
Paul Bartel ... Party Guest
Wally Ann Wharton Wally Ann Wharton ... Party Guest (as Ann Wharton)
Barry Diamond ... Firing Range Technician and Catskil Performer
Stephanie Faulkner Stephanie Faulkner ... Firing Range Technician
Jeffrey Kramer ... Party Butler Robot
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Storyline

Val and Aqua are two household servant robots who start feeling emotions for each other. After falling in love, they decide to escape from their servitude and attempt to start a family of their own. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Meet a modern nuclear family unlike any other. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heartbeeps See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Cruz, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$407,464, 20 December 1981

Gross USA:

$2,154,696

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,154,696
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The characters Susan and Calvin, who appear in the junkyard scenes, are named after Susan Calvin, a frequently recurring character from Isaac Asimov's Positronic Robot short stories. See more »

Goofs

When the Crimebuster begins spinning and shooting at Val and Aqua in the junkyard, you can see Calvin on the rear platform long before his character ( and Susan ) jump on Crimebuster to shut it down. See more »

Quotes

[Catskill, the robot comedian, has just given his power pack to Phil, the baby robot]
Aqua: Catskill's pack still has 42% power left, which Phil can now use. But how can Catskill have so much power left?
[Val checks Catskill's power gauge]
Val: Apparently, he has been selecting low-power jokes. Catskill, why did you give Phil your power? Why?
Catskil: [voice fading as he loses power] My mother needed a heart transplant once. But we had to give it up. We couldn't find a... gorilla.
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Crazy Credits

Before the Universal logo, Crimebuster introduces himself for over a minute. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Tugrats (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

THE BREAK
Performed by Kat Mandu
Courtesy of Dee Jay Productions
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Worst robot romantic comedy ever
30 April 1999 | by stonemSee all my reviews

If you like bad movies, this one's a real treat. Kaufman & Peters stagger around in robot costumes, escape slavery only to wander aimlessly, and find true robot love. I believe this is the first movie that ever made me consider walking out. I should note I was 12, and could be entertained by shiny objects.


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