Robot & Frank

Robot & Frank

Sloan Foundation Film

Release Date



  • Jake Schreier


  • Peter Sarsgaard
  • Frank Langella
  • Susan Sarandon


  • Sundance Film Festival, 2012

In the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.

In the near future, Frank (Frank Langella) is a retired catburglar living alone, while his successful son, Hunter (James Marsden), tries to care for him from afar. Finally, Hunter gets him a robot caretaker (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard), and Frank soon learns that the robot is useful as a burglary aide. As Frank tries to restart his old profession, the uncomfortable realities of a changing world and his worsening dementia threaten to go beyond what any robot can do for him.

Possible Topics

  • Advances in the field of robotics
  • What will the robots of the future look like?

Past Programs


Interactive Robots

Athens Ciné, Athens, GA

Current State of Robotics

The Nickelodeon, Columbia, SC


Turning Fictional Robotics into Reality

The State Theatre, Modesto, CA



The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, Minneapolis, MN

A Hopeful Reimagining of Man-Machine Relations

The Cinefamily, Los Angeles, CA


Having Fun with Models and Robots

The State Theatre, Modesto, CA

The Science of Building Robots

The Dairy Arts Center, Boulder, CO


What will the robots of the future look like?

Martha's Vineyard Film Society, Tisbury, MA


Robots on screen: Mechanics vs. special effects

The Art Theater, Champaign, IL

Will a robot be your friend?

Cameo Cinema, St Helena, CA