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RoboCop (1987)

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In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.


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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Old Man (as Daniel O'Herlihy)
Joe P. Cox (as Jesse Goins)
Calvin Jung ...
Rick Lieberman ...
Sal (as Lee DeBroux)


Detroit - in the future - is crime-ridden and run by a massive company. The company has developed a huge crime-fighting robot, which unfortunately develops a rather dangerous glitch. The company sees a way to get back in favor with the public when policeman Alex Murphy is killed by a street gang. Murphy's body is reconstructed within a steel shell and called RoboCop. RoboCop is very successful against criminals and becomes a target of supervillian Boddicker. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com> / edited by statmanjeff

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Part man. Part machine. All cop. The future of law enforcement.


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Release Date:

17 July 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Robocop: The Future of Law Enforcement  »

Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)


$53,424,681 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


While set in Detroit, 22 locations in and around Dallas were used for filming. The only actual showing of the Motor City itself is in the opening and that was stock footage. See more »


During the gas station scene, a "California Bell" telephone logo can be seen on a pay phone in the background. See more »


Dick Jones: Come in, officer. You know, I usually don't see anyone without an appointment, but your case I'll make an exception.
RoboCop: You are under arrest.
Dick Jones: Oh? On what charge?
RoboCop: Aiding and abetting a known felon.
Dick Jones: Sounds like I'm in a lot of trouble. You better take me in.
RoboCop: I will.
[Then RoboCop's Directive prevents him from arresting Jones, and is trying to fight it]
Dick Jones: What's the matter officer? I'll tell you what's the matter. It's a little insurance policy called "Directive 4", my little contribution to your ...
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The standard copyright notice at the end of the film includes a warning that "This motion picture is protected under the laws of the United States and other countries and its unauthorized duplication, distribution or exhibition may result in civil liability and criminal prosecution by enforcement droids." See more »


Referenced in Red Dwarf: D.N.A. (1991) See more »


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Music by P.T.P.
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User Reviews

Impressive Action Film That Is Not For the Squeamish
26 October 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"RoboCop" is a surprisingly impressive action film about a young cop (Peter Weller) who is killed by a gang of cruel criminals and is brought back to life with both human and robotic characteristics. Now he is cleaning up the city of Detroit and going after those who brutally murdered him when he was 100% human. This film is ultra-violent in every sense of the word. Anyone under the age of 17 should be strongly cautioned before seeing this film. However, the violence makes the film realistic and more exciting. Paul Verhoeven does some of his best work as a director. The screenplay is very smart for an action film and all the actors give bravura performances. Peter Weller will always be remembered as the original "RoboCop". Ronny Cox, Nancy Allen, Miguel Ferrer, and an incredibly evil Kurtwood Smith all do the best work of their careers. An impressive film from the action genre. 4 stars out of 5.

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