Bicentennial Man

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Bicentennial Man (Touchstone Movie)

“Bicentennial Man” is a thought-provoking science fiction drama film released in 1999, directed by Chris Columbus and based on a novelette by Isaac Asimov. The movie stars Robin Williams as Andrew Martin, a robot with a unique and extraordinary aspiration: to become human.

Set in the not-too-distant future, Andrew is initially purchased as a household robot by the Martin family, led by Richard Martin (Sam Neill) and his wife Amanda (Wendy Crewson). Unlike other robots, Andrew displays a remarkable degree of individuality and creativity, traits that are usually reserved for humans. As he spends more time with the Martin family, he develops emotions and curiosity about life, which leads him to embark on a journey of self-discovery.

Throughout the film, “Bicentennial Man” explores themes of identity, humanity, and the meaning of life. As Andrew interacts with humans, he yearns to experience the full range of emotions, sensations, and the ephemeral nature of human existence. His desire to understand human experiences drives him to seek freedom and independence, ultimately leading him to undergo a series of physical and emotional transformations to become more human-like.

As the years go by, Andrew’s quest for humanity becomes a significant legal and ethical challenge. He faces opposition from those who view him as mere property and not deserving of human rights. The film delves into complex philosophical questions about what it truly means to be human and whether artificial intelligence can ever achieve genuine consciousness and personhood.

Robin Williams delivers an outstanding and emotionally charged performance as Andrew, bringing depth and sensitivity to the character. The film’s narrative spans over two centuries, providing a captivating and poignant glimpse into the evolution of Andrew’s identity and the impact he has on the lives of those around him.

“Bicentennial Man” stands as a unique and emotionally resonant entry in the science fiction genre, blending heartwarming moments with profound philosophical contemplations. It challenges viewers to consider the nature of humanity, the boundaries of artificial intelligence, and the inherent human desire for growth and self-discovery. The movie’s enduring appeal lies in its ability to evoke empathy and reflection, making it a touchstone film that continues to spark discussions about the future of AI and the intricacies of human consciousness.

Additional Details


  • Robin Williams: Andrew Martin
  • Sam Neill: Richard “Sir” Martin
  • Embeth Davidtz: Amanda “Little Miss” Martin (adult) and Portia Charney
  • Hallie Kate Eisenberg: Amanda “Little Miss” Martin (age 7)
  • Wendy Crewson: Rachel “Ma´am” Martin
  • Oliver Platt: Rupert Burns
  • Kiersten Warren: Galatea
  • Stephen Root: Dennis Mansky
  • Angela Landis: Grace “Miss” Martin (adult)
  • Lindze Letherman: Grace “Miss” Martin (age 9)
  • Bradley Whitford: Lloyd Charney (adult)
  • Igor Hiller: Lloyd Charney (age 10)
  • John Michael Higgins: Bill Feingold
  • Lynne Thigpen: Marjorie Bota


  • Director: Chris Columbus
  • Producers: Chris Columbus, Wolfgang Petersen, Gail Katz, Laurence Mark, Neal Miller, Mark Radcliffe and Michael Barnathan
  • Screenplay: Nicholas Kazan
  • Music: James Horner

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