D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)




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Movie Info

Barret Oliver stars as robot boy Daryl (Data Analyzing Robot Youth Lifeform). The film begins with an intense chase through hairpin mountain roads as a helicopter chases after a racing automobile and the driver of the car shoves a young boy out of the door. The child is rescued and is adopted by Joyce (Mary Beth Hurt) and Andy (Michael McKean) Richardson, a well-meaning, childless couple. It is only after the Richardsons have adopted Daryl and find that the child can't stop hitting home runs … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Jeffrey Ellis, Allan Scott, David Ambrose, Allan G. Scott
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 19, 2004
Paramount Pictures


as Joyce Richardson

as Andy Richardson

as Ellen Lamb

as Elaine Fox

as Dr. Jeffrey Stewart

as Gen. Graycliffe

as Howie Fox

as Mr. Nesbitt

as Turtle Fox

as Sherie Lee Fox

as Mr. Bergen

as Dr. Mulligan

as Mrs. Bergen

as Dr. Mulligan

as Basketball Kid

as Basketball Kid

as Woman at Window

as Facility Matron

as Plump Woman

as Mark Bennet

as Andrea

as Piano Pupil

as Bull McKenzie

as Hannibal

as `Goodbye Coach' Kid

as Facility Doctor

as Photographer

as 1st Technician

as Copilot

as Technician

as Technician

as Maj. Willows

as Colonel

as Committee Man

as Committee Man

as Air Force General

as Operative USAF

as Gen. Graycliffe

as Tascom Security Sold...

as Trooper

as 1st Technician
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Critic Reviews for D.A.R.Y.L.

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

There's an intrinsic emotional pull to this earnest tale of parents in search of a child.

Full Review… | April 2, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

To be sure, we`re not talking about a bad movie, just one that could have been so much better.

Full Review… | April 2, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Second half of the picture is the most far-fetched and also the most fun ...

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

A filming-by-numbers mix of small-town nostalgia, soapy family drama and high-tech sfx, this Dreary Android Runaway Yarn Lags way behind the Spielberg thoroughbreds it tries so hard to ape.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

If there is a subtext to ''D.A.R.Y.L.,'' and I'm not entirely sure there is, it's that one should always be kind to a computer, because a computer might be somebody's brother.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

'80s robot-becomes-human story falls flat.

Full Review… | January 13, 2015
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for D.A.R.Y.L.


Astounding to see there is an 80's movie left that I haven't seen! I have to say that I enjoyed this vastly more than my recent revisiting of The Goonies!
Barett Oliver was such a cute child actor. It really is a shame he had a reasonably short movie career.
Here he plays daryl, who is part robot, part human. Yes, it's a boys movie, but is a likable and enjoyable one. Though it looks dated and very typically 80's, for me that was part of it's charm.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Gosh, I saw this such a long time ago, I don't remember it, I should watch it again some day.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Daryl is a boy genius who lives with his foster parents. The government soon come after him.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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