Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tuesday's Forgotten Film: D.A.R.Y.L.


I may be a day late, but here I am with this week's Tuesday's Forgottem Film. This week, it's the 1985 sci-fi family drama D.A.R.Y.L.

The titular boy in question is not just a boy, he's a Data-Analyzing Robot Youth Lifeform, essentially a cyborg, designed as a weapon by the military. His main creator is overcome with a conscience and decides to help the boy escape his captors, and D.A.R.Y.L. wanders into the home and heart of unwitting foster parents, played by Michael McKean and Mary Beth Hurt.

They are amazed at the boy's abilities to think and act at such a complex level, but love him all the same. Once they learn the truth of D.A.R.Y.L.'s origin and the government brass that is hot on his trail, they fight to keep D.A.R.Y.L. from harm and wish to adopt him as their own.

This was one of several interesting films made for a tween market during the mid-80s that also has appeal to an adult audience; I may explore more of those films in this feature down the road. D.A.R.Y.L. was once available on DVD, but seems to be out of print now, although you can likely find it in the usual second-hand outlets. It's also available on Amazon Instant Video.

Here is a (poorly synched) trailer for the film. For more forgotten greats, surf on over to the Sweet Freedom blog. Thanks!

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