D.A.R.Y.L.

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Released 1985

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Director:
Simon Wincer
Released:
1985
Rating:
PG

D.A.R.Y.L. is a science fiction film that was released in 1985. Directed by Simon Wincer and written by David Ambrose, Allan Scott and Jeffrey Ellis, the movie stars Barret Oliver, Mary Beth Hurt, Michael McKean, Danny Corkill and Josef Sommer. The musical score was composed by Marvin Hamlisch. Daryl (Barret Oliver), whose name is an acronym for Data-Analysing Robot Youth Lifeform, is an experiment in artificial intelligence and was created as a secret project by the U.S. government. Although physically indistinguishable from a normal ten-year-old boy, his brain is actually a high-tech, sophisticated microcomputer with several amazing capabilities. These include exceptional reflexes, superhuman multitasking ability, and the ability to hack into other computer systems. The D.A.R.Y.L. experiment was funded by the military, with the intention of creating a super soldier. One of the scientists involved in Daryl's creation feels that the program is immoral and sets Daryl free. Daryl is found roaming the streets by an elderly couple and is taken to live in an orphanage. Eventually, Daryl goes to live with foster parents, Joyce (Mary Beth Hurt) and Andy Richardson (Michael McKean). Daryl and the Richardsons slowly begin to form a strong bond, and Daryl learns human emotions that he has never felt before. Their happiness is short-lived, however, as the government locates Daryl and takes him back to a secret base for further testing. Daryl must use all of his skills and abilities to escape from his government captors and return to the family that he loves so dearly.

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