When I was a child, I'm sure I remember part of a film or maybe TV movie where a boy or maybe a teenager is in a spaceship. The ship has an intelligent computer. Somehow the computer becomes damaged or faulty. It can no longer properly function. But it still tries to do as requested. So when a self destruct is commenced the computer counts down. But due to the damage, the numbers are not in a decreasing sequence. Instead they are jumbled up.

Finally the computer announces zero and the ship explodes.

  • I think the computer had a female voice.

Can anyone remember what this film or TV movie was called?

  • Can you provide some more details? Like what year you watched it? Any actors or the studios? – Edlothiad Sep 9 '17 at 9:09
  • Was it broken or was it using a random number generator? – Valorum Sep 9 '17 at 9:37
  • @Edlothiad I think I saw it on TV in the 1980s, so it's either a 1970s film/movie or from the early 1980s. – 1024MAK Sep 9 '17 at 9:44
  • @Valorum it was broken. – 1024MAK Sep 9 '17 at 9:45
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I think the movie you are looking for is Battle Beyond the Stars

The ship you are referencing was the one flown by Richard Thomas' character Shad. That ship had an AI/Computer called Nell. At the end, during the final battle against the enemy the ship is damaged, and Shad sets Nell to self-destruct. The countdown is what you remember.

  • Thank you, yep that's the one. I searched for several hours last night and another hour or so this morning looking for it with no luck. – 1024MAK Sep 9 '17 at 10:19
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    I've seen the film a few times over the years - it came out on the wave of science fiction movies after the success of Star Wars. It's kind of a SF retelling of The Magnificent Seven – Alith Sep 9 '17 at 12:17
  • Your video link has gone dead. – Rand al'Thor Sep 12 at 17:01
  • Updated the link now - the scene in question starts at about 1h 36 mins – Alith Sep 14 at 11:44
  • Even though this movies is kind of campy..I still like it LOL. – MrInfinity Sep 15 at 2:51

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