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The top 5 computers in Hollywood movies

Must-see movies where the PC is the star

A computer hasn't won an Oscar yet, but with these five films you can at least imagine a PC making a tearful acceptance speech.

Electric Dreams (1984)

The romantic comedy Electric Dreams starts out like a classic comic book when Miles, a mild-mannered architect, accidentally spills champagne on his new computer. The computer ends up becoming self-aware, and calls itself Edgar.

At the same time, the beautiful Madeline has moved into the apartment upstairs, and Edgar's awakening leads to the movie's becoming more like Cyrano de Bergerac: Edgar's facility with music helps the shy Miles win over Madeline, but Edgar ends up falling in love with her too. A rivalry shapes up between Miles and Edgar, but really, who do you think is going to win? Early '80s computers weren't exactly conducive to romantic walks on the beach.

Unlike the self-assured HAL and the many personalities found in Tron's programs, Edgar spends most of Electric Dreams trying to understand the world and make sense of his newfound feelings, paralleling Miles's attempts at figuring out the world of romance. Despite its whiff of 1980s cheesiness, the movie has a dedicated cult following. Personally, I consider it another warning of the dangers of artificial intelligence. Do I want a computer that will try to steal my girlfriend?

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