CRRL Picks: Classic Robot Movies

The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant Book - 2003

Annotation:A mysterious gigantic robot from space crash lands on Earth and befriends a young boy while striving to understand the reason he exists.

Blade Runner
Blade Runner DVD - 2007 7.914 Bl Available in some locations

Annotation:Deckard is a “blade runner”, a man who makes a living hunting down escaped replicants, synthetic beings that seek freedom. His last assignment is to hunt down five particularly troublesome escaped replicants. Along the way, he will make startling discoveries about the corporation that created them, the people around him, and what it truly means to be human.

The Terminator
The Terminator DVD - 2004 7.914 Te All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Waitess Sarah Connor is menaced by a robotic assassin from the future sent back in time to kill her before she gives birth to the leader of the human resistance against Skynet, a self-aware AI that rules the future world.

Robocop DVD - 2007 7.914 Ro Available in some locations

Annotation:In a near-future Detroit that looks depressingly close to the city’s present condition, policeman Alex Murphy is brutally killed in the line of duty and turned into a nearly invulnerable cyborg by the corporation that dominates the city to bring justice.

Astro Boy
Astro Boy The Classic 1960s Children's TV Series. Set 1 DVD - 2009 7.9145 As All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Robot child Astro Boy battles evil robots and many other villains while struggling to close the distance between machine and man. Based on Osamu Tezuka’s classic manga, this was the first Japanese-made animation to become popular in North America.

The Day the Earth Stood Still
The Day the Earth Stood Still Video Cassette - 1984 7.914 D27 Available in some locations

Annotation:Space traveller Klaatu has a grave warning for the people of the Earth about the excesses of violence and military power that the Atomic Age has wrought...and he delivers it in the form of Gort, a robot with a horrific eyebeam weapon capable of destroying everything.

Forbidden Planet
Forbidden Planet DVD - 2006 7.914 Fo Available in some locations

Annotation:Dr. Morbius lives alone on a mysterious planet with his daughter and highly advanced technology from a vanished alien race. Why are the astronauts visiting him dying mysteriously? Features the first appearance of Robby the Robot.

Annotation:Classic silent film by Fritz Lang which features a mechanized city divided between a small ruling class that lives high above and impoverished laborers who toil in the grimy depths. (available through free interlibrary loan via UMW)

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Some classic movies (and one TV series!) that feature robots and technology in prominent roles.

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