Short Circuit 2

Synopsis: When Number Five is sent from Newton and Stephanie's ranch to the big city to help Ben with his electronics business, he finds that his robotic talents are wanted by city low-life who want to turn Number Five into profits.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Director(s): Kenneth Johnson
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

This is ground control.

Citation Zebra-Bravo is landing

on runway 3-0, right.

Police and security

to full alert immediately.

Rolex watch. You know the name,

now own the watch.

You little rascal, running away like that.

Are you seeing how he is running around?

He is programmed to be doing that.

This, this is a highly sophisticated robot

for $19.95, no tax.

Please note.

Uncle, are you wanting to buy?

There's no obligation.

You can just look.

Rolex watch. You know the name,

now own the watch.

The ultimate Swiss craftsmanship.

You see these fine chronometers

on sale at Tiffany's...

...for $1,700.

I deal in volume.

My special price to you today, $39.95.

How you gonna beat that?

You gonna beat that?

How are you gonna beat that?

How's your line moving, pal?

They are not selling like pancakes,

that is for certain.

Maybe I should be

selling them door-to-door?

Door-to-door? In this town?

You just fall off the banana boat...

...or what?

I do not travel with bananas, sir.

I've been kicking around here

for two days' time already.


-Interested in upgrading your image?

-Up my image?

I am gonna let you have

half of my inventory.

What would you say to that?

Look at that!

Wait, Mr. Slater, look.

You haven't seen this.

You haven't seen this before. Check it out.

Look, see, they're hands. They clap.

-I know it will sell.

-Sandy, we don't sell novelty items here.

Now, how many chances

am I supposed to give you?

I told you I want high-tech...

...and I want it now.

For Christmas, not Easter, got it?

Yes, sir. High-tech.

I'll can the hat and keep looking.

And if you don't mind, Miss Banatoni,

some of us are trying to work.

That's better.

Silence is better than Little Richard?

I can let you have these

rock-bottom wholesale. You'll clean up.

That's nice, but I'm occupying myself--

But the toy robot business, it's pathetic.

They're not gonna move. Not in this town.

Excuse me, is this yours?

Yes. It is called Number Five.

It rolled past my office. Listen--

Excuse me. My friend and I

were taking a meeting here.

Who are you?

Sandy Banatoni, Assistant Buyer...

...Simpson's Toy Department. Okay?



-These are great toys.

-Thank you.

My boss loves it. Where did you get them?

Well, I am making them.

I am Ben Jahrvi, Titanic Toy Corporation.

Like the ship.

Sorry, I haven't heard of you.

Where are you located?

Actually, I am based

in that vehicle right over yonder.

Oh, no. I mean, where's your

assembly plant? Your offices?

Well, you are also there.

That's also my home.

You mean, you make these yourself?

In there?

Yes, you see robotics

is the only livelihood I am knowing.

Are you wanting to purchase one?

You see the hands, they bend like that.

We deal in volume.

I couldn't possibly order...

...less than 1,000.



No perspiration,

if the per unit price is attractive.

What? Who are "we"?

We could go maybe, $50 apiece?

Oh, no, I am only charging $19.95.

A day, to rent.

If you want to buy them wholesale...

...we could live with $50 apiece.

Okay, maybe.

But seriously, I mean, how long before

you could deliver that many?

You just want a rough estimate

of how long....

Yes. 1,000 robots, well--

This is a ballpark figure, you know.

We'll round it off.

They could be ready for delivery

in the middle of October.



Get a Rolex watch.

Look, I'm sorry for wasting your time.

We're in two different worlds here.

I mean, I'd have to have them

in, like, 30 days.

I'm sorry.

Well, wait a minute.

You know, he meant

with our current facilities, but we...

...could expand our operation.

You know, we can get more personnel,

a larger factory.

Once we get a cash advance,

we'd be in high gear.

You are saying this "we" word, sir.

My boss wouldn't give a cash advance.

All right, for Simpson's

we'll forego the cash advance.

How does this sound?

We will show up at your door

October 15 this year...

...with 1,000 of these.

You guarantee to buy them?

$50 apiece, COD?


Get your lawyers on the paperwork.

-We got a deal.

-We got a deal. Thank you.


-We are making a deal.

This is most pleasant deal. Pleasing.

I'm studying with fever to become citizen...

...of your country 'tis of thee. Yes, sir.

You are appreciating my robots?

-Did you ask me a question?

-Benny, merchandise is running away.

-Get back here, you are grounded!

-'Bye now.

I'm going to take your batteries out.

Bad boys.

First things first.

Before the first thing is a question:

Who are you and what is your name?

Fred Ritter.

I'm in the entrepreneur business.

I ask financial questions like,

"where's your capital?"

Washington, DC.

Right. Simple words.

How will you build all those robots

by yourself with no money?

I am thinking I will contact my friends

Newton and Stephanie in Montana.

Perhaps they can help me financially.

Montana? You got friends here.

I got you your big break.

Tell me what you need.

Oscar, step aside.

Mr. De Ruyter,

may I have a word with you?

Mr. De Ruyter, welcome to the US,

and welcome to First Federal Trust.

It's an honor for all of us at the bank,

and I'd like--

Might we step inside, please?

Oh, yes. Yes, indeed.

Madson steel alloy.


-Well, of course.

Built by Heimdall. Completely custom.

I must say we're really...

...quite proud of it.

Gentlemen, the Vanderveer Collection.

We'll keep them here until one day

before the exhibition is to open... the museum.

Of course, during the day we'll have

a special detail of six armed guards.

At night, they'll be augmented

by 12 strategically placed... personnel.


-I'm glad you approve.

You already owe a substantial sum, Fred.

-It's due in 30 days.

-Mr. Arnold, I'm aware of that.

But it takes money to make money.

And this is a sure thing.

With this, I am guaranteed in the black.

And your money,

your interest is in your pocket, in full.

On time, no bullshit.

And this time, I have great collateral:

You know the name, now own the watch.

I know the name, Fred.

And your body is your collateral.


...this doesn't change our original contract.

Absolutely not.

-You still owe me everything.


In 30 days.

This is it.

Your new factory, rented just for you.

Oh, baprai! Right here?

This is why I am studying

to become citizen...

...of your great country.

In one day's time only,

a man can go from a mean street corner... this one,

to a skyscraping building like that one.

What are you talking about? Not the bank.

Mid-town, centrally located.

Been here since 1902.

Beautiful, huh?

An historic building. Come on.

It's unbelievable, isn't it?

They're tearing it down soon,

so I sweet-talked them into a short lease.


-Got it for a song. It'll work though, right?

I mean, it's got everything we need.

It's got...

...walls and windows.

Phone service.

All the square footage you could ask for.

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Brent Maddock

Brent Maddock is an American screenwriter, producer and film director who has worked on several high-profile projects like Short Circuit, Tremors, Wild Wild West and *batteries not included. Maddock's writing partner is S.S. Wilson. Maddock is a founding partner of Stampede Entertainment. more…

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