Bicentennial Man (film)

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The aim of life is some way of living, as flexible and gentle as human nature; so that ambition may stoop to kindness, and philosophy to condor and humor. Neither prosperity nor empire nor heaven can be worth winning at the price of a virulent temper, bloody hands, an anguished spirit, and a vain hatred of the rest of the world.
George Santayana
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Bicentennial Man is a 1999 film directed by Christopher Columbus and starring Robin Williams and Sam Neill. The film was based on the novella of the same name by acclaimed science fiction author Issac Asimov.

One robot's 200 year journey to become an ordinary man. taglines

Andrew Martin

  • [after learning the fate of most sperm cells] They die? One feels badly for them.
  • [after young Lloyd pours sand on Andrew] One understands why some animals eat their young.
  • One has studied your history. Terrible wars have been fought where millions have died for one idea, freedom. And it seems that something that means so much to so many people would be worth having.
  • I try to make sense of things. Which is why, I guess, I believe in destiny. There must be a reason that I am as I am. There must be.
  • Do you know what it feels like to be in love with someone that is about to marry someone else?
  • [on sex] It all sounds so very... messy.
  • [repeated line] One is glad to be of service.
  • [to Portia] Will you perform an experiment just for the sake of science? Kiss me!!!

Sir (Richard Martin)

  • You're a unique robot, Andrew. I feel a responsibility to help you become - whatever you're able to be.
  • Andrew, People grow through time, then for you, time is a completely different proposition, for you, time is endless.

Little Miss (Amanda Martin)

  • I have a friend who is very special to me. He's sweet and exceptionally intelligent, but, well - he's not really a - I mean, a relationship between us would be impossible. It would never, could never, work out.
  • Andrew, stop refering to yourself as one.

Portia Charney

  • I like you. I even understand you some of the time. But I'm not about to invest my emotions in a machine.
  • What's right for most people in most situations isn't right for everyone in every situation! Real morality lies in following one's own heart.
  • But if this really works between us? You and I will never be accepted. We can't be married or anything.


  • As the great Andrew Martin once said "One is glad to be of service".
  • I think personality is much more important than intelligence, don't you?
  • Every day it’s ‘Yes Rupert Sir’, ‘No Rupert Sir’, ‘Can I get you another beverage Rupert Sir?!’ And it CHAPS MY ASS!!!

Other Characters

President Marjorie Bota: According to the records at the NorthAm Robotics Company, the robot also known as Andrew Martin, was powered up at 5:15 pm on April 3rd, 2005. In a few hours, he'll be 200 years old, which means that with the exception of Methuselah and other biblical names, Andrew is the oldest living human in recorded history. For it is by this proclamation, I validate his marriage to Portia Charney, and acknowledge his humanity.
Lloyd Charney: [to Little Miss about Andrew] Mother! I will not apologise to it!
Ruper Burns: You see, imperfection is the key. Imperfections make us individuals, that's what makes us unique.


Sir: Why did the chicken cross the road?
Andrew: One does not know, sir, possibly a predator was behind the chicken, or possibly there was a female chicken on the other of the road, if it's a male chicken. Possibly a food source, or depending on the season it might be migrating. One hopes there's no traffic.
Sir: To get to the other side.
Andrew: To get to the other side. Ah, why is that funny?

[after Little Miss's wedding]
Andrew: Sir, is everything all right?
Sir: Umm. They've both gone now, Andrew. Well, things change, things always change. People move on. It's as it should be. But, what I realized today is that I'll never stop missing them.
Andrew: Sir? One is still here.
Sir: And one is glad of that Andrew. Thank you.

Portia: It couldn’t be more clear if you spit in my face.
Andrew Martin: I can’t. I don’t have a Mucous gland.

Rupert Burns: What do they say?
Andrew Martin: That you can lose yourself. Everything. All boundaries. All time. That two bodies can become so mixed up, that you don't know who's who or what's what. And just when the sweet confusion is so intense you think you're gonna die... you kind of do. Leaving you alone in your separate body, but the one you love is still there. That's a miracle. You can go to heaven and come back alive. You can go back anytime you want with the one you love.
Rupert Burns: And you want to experience that?
Andrew Martin: Oh, yes, please.
Rupert Burns: So do I.

President Marjorie Bota: Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin: I've always tried to make sense of things. There must be some reason I am as I am. As you can see, Madame Chairman, I am no longer immortal.
President Marjorie Bota: You have arranged to die?
Andrew Martin: In a sense I have. I am growing old, my body is deteriorating, and like all of you, will eventually cease to function. As a robot, I could have lived forever. But I tell you all today, I would rather die a man, than live for all eternity a machine.
President Marjorie Bota: Why do you want this?
Andrew Martin: To be acknowledged for who and what I am, no more, no less. Not for acclaim, not for approval, but, the simple truth of that recognition. This has been the elemental drive of my existence, and it must be achieved, if I am to live or die with dignity.
President Marjorie Bota: Mister Martin, what you are asking for is extremely complex and controversial. It will not be an easy decision. I must ask for your patience while I take the necessary time to make a determination of this extremely delicate matter.
Andrew Martin: And I await your decision, Madame Chairman, thank-you for your patience. [turns to Portia and whispers] I tried.

[Immediately following the death of "Little Miss"]
Andrew Martin: Will every human being that I care for just... leave?
Portia: I'm afraid so...
Andrew Martin: That won't do.

[last lines]
Galatea In the words of the great Andrew Martin, "One is glad to be of service".
Portia: [looking to Andrew] See you soon.



One robot's 200 year journey to become an ordinary man.

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