Year: 1985

Production: World Film Services / Columbia

Director: Simon Wincer

Starring: Mary Beth Hurt, Michael McKean, Kathryn Walker, Josef Sommer, Barret Oliver

Screenwriter: David Ambrose, Allan Scott, Jeffery Ellis

100 minutes; Color

D.A.R.Y.L. is a Data Analyzing Robot Youth Lifeform but, when "he" (Oliver) wakes up amnesiac in the woods, he thinks he is just a small boy, Daryl. Adopted by a pleasant family, he learns not to show his superintelligence and coordination too obviously and make local friends, but then is located by the scientists who made him, almost terminated by the military, escapes ... and so forth. There is a happy ending. This film is fairly obviously aimed at children and is competently and even engagingly made, but it never ignites; even those sf riffs proven successful by Steven Spielberg and here borrowed from him (most obviously E.T.: The Extraterrestrial - the alien being sheltered in suburbia who undergoes death and resurrection) remain comparatively inert.

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