I apologize in advance, this is going to be really vague because I was really young when I saw it—roughly around the early 90's. It's definitely science fiction. I'm unsure if it's a movie or an episode of a TV show (something like Twilight Zone). It definitely wasn't in a theater, it was on TV.

My best memory of the plot is that there was a woman who wanted a child, I can't remember if she was married or not, or whether she could have children or not, but she winds up getting a child from a lab or a company? I think the idea was that the child was man-made, or grown in the lab? I'm not sure if she knew that or not. She might have thought she was adopting a normal kid?

I also sort of remember at some point the child is inside of a large barrel. It might have been a blue plastic barrel, or a large brown cylinder. I think it had a plastic lid. I can't remember if it was the container the young child was delivered to her in, or if the child was maybe hiding in it? I think part of the plot was at some point the company wants to take the child back, and she's running from them. I vaguely remember her trying to rescue the other children, and they might have all looked the same? Like the child might have been a clone or all the same “model”? I feel like in the beginning there's just one “barrel” and the child is inside of it. But later on there's a scene where she sees lots of barrels and realizes how many of the kids there are.

Sorry, I realize how vague that is. That memory has been lingering in my brain forever, and I'd love to get it out. I've searched every combination of phrases I can think of but can't find it. If anyone knows what movie or TV show this is I'd be super grateful. Thanks!


Sounds like Konrad from 1985 starring Ned Beatty.

Konrad is a perfect instant child "born" in a factory at age 8. Due to a mistake in the factory's computer, Konrad is delivered to Bertie Bartolotti, a woman whose life and appearance are in a constant state of disarray. Konrad arrives looking like a gremlin, but when Bertie pours a nutrient solution over his head he changes into a fully-developed, perfect 8-year-old child. The factory realizes a mistake was made, and recalls Konrad, but he does not want to leave his new family and friends.

The first minutes are here. Konrad arrives in a blue barrel, as you can see in the poster:

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  • Oh my god. That's definitely it. Thank you! ❤️ – Brandon Weiss Aug 22 '17 at 14:13

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