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

PG | 99 mins | Adventure, Drama | 14 June 1985

Director:

Simon Wincer

Producer:

John Heyman

Cinematographer:

Frank Watts

Production Designer:

Alan Cassie

Production Company:

World Film Services
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HISTORY

       According to the 2 Nov 1984 LAT, Paramount Pictures still planned to produce D.A.R.Y.L., despite a recent shift in the studio's executives. At the time, the plot was kept secret.
       Filming began in Orlando, FL, on 2 Jan 1985, as reported by 22 Jan 1985 HR production charts, and the 8 Feb 1985 Backstage announced production would be moving on to NC, and London, England, with plans to release the picture in Jun 1985. The 23 Feb 1985 Screen International reported that filming was underway at Pinewood Studios in London, and would continue there for eight weeks.
       Publicity materials in AMPAS library files dated 28 Feb 1985 hinted at the film’s closely guarded storyline by revealing that D.A.R.Y.L. was an acronym for “Data Analysis Robot Youth Lifeform.”
       The 13 Mar 1985 Var reported the film’s budget was $10 million.
      End credits include the following: “Special thanks to: Preston Cinema Systems, Kissimee Airport, Lockheed Corporation (Jeff Fellows, Bob Mehnert);" “The Incredible Hulk is a trademark of Marvel Comics Group and is used with permission, footage provided by Marvel Publications Limited,” and, “Made at Pinewood Studios, London, England and on location in Orlando, Florida and North Carolina.” Additionally, end credits include: “The producers wish to thank: The citizens and officials of the City of Orange County, Florida; Board of County Commissioners of Orange County, Florida; The communities of Dillsboro and Drevard, North Carolina; Greater Orlando Aviation Authority; Simuflite, a subsidiary of The Singer Company; and Golfstream III, Gulfstream Aerospace ... More Less

       According to the 2 Nov 1984 LAT, Paramount Pictures still planned to produce D.A.R.Y.L., despite a recent shift in the studio's executives. At the time, the plot was kept secret.
       Filming began in Orlando, FL, on 2 Jan 1985, as reported by 22 Jan 1985 HR production charts, and the 8 Feb 1985 Backstage announced production would be moving on to NC, and London, England, with plans to release the picture in Jun 1985. The 23 Feb 1985 Screen International reported that filming was underway at Pinewood Studios in London, and would continue there for eight weeks.
       Publicity materials in AMPAS library files dated 28 Feb 1985 hinted at the film’s closely guarded storyline by revealing that D.A.R.Y.L. was an acronym for “Data Analysis Robot Youth Lifeform.”
       The 13 Mar 1985 Var reported the film’s budget was $10 million.
      End credits include the following: “Special thanks to: Preston Cinema Systems, Kissimee Airport, Lockheed Corporation (Jeff Fellows, Bob Mehnert);" “The Incredible Hulk is a trademark of Marvel Comics Group and is used with permission, footage provided by Marvel Publications Limited,” and, “Made at Pinewood Studios, London, England and on location in Orlando, Florida and North Carolina.” Additionally, end credits include: “The producers wish to thank: The citizens and officials of the City of Orange County, Florida; Board of County Commissioners of Orange County, Florida; The communities of Dillsboro and Drevard, North Carolina; Greater Orlando Aviation Authority; Simuflite, a subsidiary of The Singer Company; and Golfstream III, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Backstage
8 Feb 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
22 Jan 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
11 Jun 1985
p. 3, 48.
Los Angeles Times
2 Nov 1984.
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Los Angeles Times
14 Jun 1985
p. 4.
New York Times
14 Jun 1985
p. 10.
Screen International
23 Feb 1985.
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Variety
13 Mar 1985
p. 73.
Variety
12 Jun 1985
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Columbia Pictures presents
A John Heyman--Burtt Harris Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
1st asst dir, U.S.
2d asst dir, U.S.
1st asst dir, U.K.
2d asst dir, U.K.
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
Co-prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Local 666 Dir of photog/1st unit op
Cam op, U.K.
1st asst cam, U.S.
1st asst cam, U.K.
Gaffer, U.S.
Gaffer, U.K.
Best boy
Key grip
Dolly grip
Cam grip, U.K.
Stills, U.S.
Stills, U.K.
Aerial cam
Underwater cam
Aerial photog
Aerial photog
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir, U.S.
Art dir, U.K.
FILM EDITORS
Supv ed
Standby ed
Asst ed, U.S.
Asst ed, U.K.
SET DECORATORS
Chargehand scenic artist
Set dec, U.S.
Set dec, U.S.
Set dec, U.K.
Set dresser
Prop master
Set const coord
Electronic test equip from
COSTUMES
Cost des
Asst cost des
Ward supv, U.S.
Ward supv, U.S.
Ward supv, U.K.
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op, U.S.
Boom op, U.K.
Dubbing mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Visual eff supv
Visual eff coord
Video eff supv
Matte paintings, miniature photog and opt composit
Photog eff supv
Matte artist
Matte artist
Matte photog supv
Opt supv
Dream Quest prod supv
Dream Quest prod supv
Graphic and video displays by
Graphic and video displays by
Graphic and video displays by
Graphic and video displays by
Graphic and video displays by
Titles and opt by
MAKEUP
Hairstylist, U.S.
Hairdresser, U.K.
Makeup artist, U.S.
Chief makeup artist, U.K.
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Prod supv
Loc coord
Loc mgr
Prod office coord, U.S.
Prod office coord, U.K.
Tech consultant
Script supv, U.S.
Script supv, U.K.
Prod accountant, U.S.
Prod accountant, U.K.
Accounting services by
Payroll services, U.S.
Transportation capt
Extras casting
Unit pub
Process photog
NMR Images provided by
Video games provided by
Video games provided by
Aerial photog pilot
Aerial photog pilot
Aerial photog pilot
Studio and post prod processing by
STAND INS
Parachute stuntman
Utility stuntman
Stuntwoman
Stuntmen
Stuntmen
Stuntmen
Stuntmen
Stuntmen
Stuntmen
Stuntmen
Stuntmen
Stuntmen
Stuntmen
Stuntmen
Stuntmen
Stuntmen
Stuntmen
Stuntmen
Stuntmen
Stuntmen
Stuntmen
Stuntmen
Stuntmen
Stunt coord
ANIMATION
Motion control anim
Motion control tech
Motion control tech
Motion control tech
Electronics des
Mechanical des
Spec miniature const
Miniature supv
Miniature asst
Miniature asst
Miniature asst
Map anim by
COLOR PERSONNEL
SOURCES
SONGS
“Somewhere I Belong,” music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, performed by Teddy Pendergrass, produced by Nile Rodgers, available on Elektra/Asylum Records & Tapes
“Back To The City,” by Ron Keel and Kenny Chaisson, performed by Keel, courtesy of Gold Mountain Records, Limited
“Isn’t It Romantic,” by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
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SONGS
“Somewhere I Belong,” music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, performed by Teddy Pendergrass, produced by Nile Rodgers, available on Elektra/Asylum Records & Tapes
“Back To The City,” by Ron Keel and Kenny Chaisson, performed by Keel, courtesy of Gold Mountain Records, Limited
“Isn’t It Romantic,” by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
“Let Her Go,” by Scott Lipsker.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Daryl
Release Date:
14 June 1985
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 14 June 1985
Production Date:
began 2 January 1985 in Orlando, FL, NC, and London, England
Copyright Claimant:
World Film Services, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
24 February 1986
Copyright Number:
PA280541
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Filmed in Panavision
Duration(in mins):
99
MPAA Rating:
PG
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
27752
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

A man named Dr. Mulligan races his car through a mountain pass while a helicopter pursues overhead. He quickly stops to let a young boy out of his car, then drives himself over a cliff. When an elderly couple finds the boy in the woods, all he remembers is that his name is Daryl. The couple takes the boy into town and turns him over to a child care center where he is given a series of health tests and diagnosed with amnesia. Howie Fox, a worker at the center, asks his friend, Andy Richardson, if he and his wife, Joyce, will foster Daryl until they locate his family. The Richardsons happily accept, as they have long been waiting to adopt a child. Daryl befriends a neighborhood boy named Turtle Fox, who questions him about his memory loss. Soon, Daryl impresses everyone with his extraordinary intelligence. When Andy teaches him how to play baseball, Daryl is a natural, and Andy plans to put him on the youth baseball team that he coaches. Later, while visiting an automatic bank teller machine, Andy has trouble removing his funds, and the boy expertly works the computer to extract his money. When Andy’s back is turned, Daryl enters codes into the machine and increases Andy’s balance to over $1 million. At his first baseball game, Daryl hits a home run and continues to outshine his classmates. Later, Joyce complains to Turtle’s mom, Elaine, that Daryl is too self-sufficient, and she wishes he needed her more. When Turtle overhears the conversation, he advises his friend to intentionally make a few ... +


A man named Dr. Mulligan races his car through a mountain pass while a helicopter pursues overhead. He quickly stops to let a young boy out of his car, then drives himself over a cliff. When an elderly couple finds the boy in the woods, all he remembers is that his name is Daryl. The couple takes the boy into town and turns him over to a child care center where he is given a series of health tests and diagnosed with amnesia. Howie Fox, a worker at the center, asks his friend, Andy Richardson, if he and his wife, Joyce, will foster Daryl until they locate his family. The Richardsons happily accept, as they have long been waiting to adopt a child. Daryl befriends a neighborhood boy named Turtle Fox, who questions him about his memory loss. Soon, Daryl impresses everyone with his extraordinary intelligence. When Andy teaches him how to play baseball, Daryl is a natural, and Andy plans to put him on the youth baseball team that he coaches. Later, while visiting an automatic bank teller machine, Andy has trouble removing his funds, and the boy expertly works the computer to extract his money. When Andy’s back is turned, Daryl enters codes into the machine and increases Andy’s balance to over $1 million. At his first baseball game, Daryl hits a home run and continues to outshine his classmates. Later, Joyce complains to Turtle’s mom, Elaine, that Daryl is too self-sufficient, and she wishes he needed her more. When Turtle overhears the conversation, he advises his friend to intentionally make a few mistakes so that Joyce can feel useful. Taking his advice, Daryl strikes out of the baseball game then talks back to Andy, which pleases Joyce. In time, a family comes forward and claims that Daryl is their son, presenting photographs of the boy as a toddler. Andy, Joyce, and Daryl are devastated by the news. The couple claiming to be Daryl’s parents, Jeffrey and Ellen Stewart, visit the Richardson’s home to collect Daryl, who has no memory of them. After they leave, Andy wonders at the Stewarts' unfeeling behavior. On the private plane taking them home, the Stewart’s praise Dr. Mulligan for kidnapping the boy, and agree that it did Daryl well to be a part of “normal” society. Daryl asks if they are actually his parents, and later, he is taken to laboratory and given a brain scan. Daryl’s brain is revealed to be a computer, and that the Stewarts are scientists named Dr. Jeffery Stewart and Dr. Ellen Lamb. After they repair the memory failure in his brain, Daryl’s name is displayed as an acronym for "Data Analysing Robot Youth Lifeform," or "D.A.R.Y.L." When the boy’s previous months of activity are viewed in video form on a television screen, the scientists are impressed that he surpassed his programming to make subjective and emotional decisions, and Dr. Stewart scolds Dr. Lamb for calling the boy, “it.” Later, Dr. Stewart reports to the Department of Defense, revealing that Daryl is now able to feel human emotions. General Graycliffe deems these findings counterproductive to the department, terminates the “Youth Lifeform” project, and orders Daryl to be destroyed. After, Daryl asks Dr. Stewart for a visit with Turtle and the Richardsons, then questions the doctor about his existence. The doctor grants permission, and Turtle and the Richardsons are surprised to arrive at a military base to see Daryl. There, Dr. Stewart explains that the boy is an artificial intelligence experiment, and only partially human. Daryl’s guests are not permitted to see him, but Turtle sneaks in to his room and asks if his friend knew he was a robot. Daryl says he knows now that his memory has been restored, but claims to feel the same as he did before. Dr. Stewart then brings the Richardsons inside for a tearful reunion. As they leave, the doctor plots to return Daryl to Joyce and Andy in five days time, and tells them to expose the experiment to the press if he does not arrive. Later, Dr. Lamb reports Dr. Stewart’s activities to the military, and they arrive to question him. They order the doctors to destroy the “Lifeform,” denying its humanity. Placing Daryl on an operating table, the doctors “terminate” him, and General Graycliffe checks the computer outputs from his brain to confirm the termination. As Dr. Stewart leaves the base, a final message appears on the screen from Daryl, revealing their plot. The general scolds Dr. Lamb for the deception, and she asserts the boy has become human. Outside, Dr. Stewart drives away with Daryl hidden in his car, and soon, the military gives chase. As the pursuit continues, Daryl takes the wheel and expertly maneuvers their escape. The next day, they are stopped at a roadblock, and Dr. Stewart is shot. Before he dies, the doctor apologizes to Daryl, and tells him to never doubt that he is a real person. After, Daryl sneaks onto a military base to steal a fighter plane. On the ground, officials transmit that they will destroy the jet if it leaves U.S. airspace. Daryl sends word to Turtle via walkie-talkie to meet him at a local lake, and ejects from the plane moments before it explodes. With the ejector-seat tracker disabled, the military believes Daryl has been terminated. Turtle races to the lake with his teenage sister, Sherie Lee, and spots Daryl floating in the water. As Turtle swims to rescue his friend, Sherie Lee flags down a passing car to take them to the hospital. When Andy and Joyce arrive, they learn that Daryl has died, but back at the Richardson’s home, Turtle argues that a robot cannot die if it has no brain. At the hospital, Dr. Lamb sneaks in to treat Daryl, and soon the boy runs home to join his friends and family, as they embrace in celebration. +

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