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Robot & Frank

Robot and Frank
  • 2012
  • US
  • 89 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jake Schreier
  • Written by: Christopher D. Ford
  • Cast: Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, Peter Sarsgaard, James Marsden, Liv Tyler
  • UK release: 8 March 2013
  • Website: robotandfrank-film.com

Frank (Langella) is an elderly ex-burglar fighting the onset of dementia whose son gives him a robot butler (voiced by Sarsgaard) to look after him – then Frank decides to enlist Robot for one more job. Charming, funny and affecting, with a memorable double act from Langella and Sarsgaard.

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The appliance of science allows retired cat burglar Frank (Frank Langella) to go where no man has gone before in this heartfelt charmer. A growing burden to his exasperated children, cranky, forgetful old maverick Frank is given a robot carer (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard) programmed to ensure that he eats properly, takes some light exercise and behaves himself. Frank’s initial hostility to the idea gradually melts as he enjoys the company and starts to plot one more robbery in which a robot accomplice might prove invaluable. A wry, plaintive comedy that finds the human dimension to a story poised between science fiction fantasy and the realities of tomorrow’s world. Please note that this film contains some strobe effects.

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Robot & Frank

16 Oct 20124 stars

Gentle comedy about a retired burglar and his robotic friend

Jake Schreier's feature debut Robot & Frank successfully engages the head and the heart to emerge as one of the most charming independent films of the year. It's an enjoyable crime caper, an affecting meditation on old age as well as an amusing buddy…

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