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RoboCop (1987)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Sci-Fi  |  17 July 1987 (USA)
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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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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

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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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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


It was discovered that when in full RoboCop costume, Peter Weller could not fit properly into the police car as he was too bulky. That's why most shots of him show him exiting the car or preparing to get into it. For shots where he actually needed to be in the car, he only wore the top part of the costume and sat in his underwear. However, to maintain the illusion that RoboCop wears the entire suit while inside a car, most shots show his robotic feet exiting the car first. See more »


Dallas landmarks appear in "Detroit" throughout. (See trivia.) See more »


Emil: Smoke?
Dougy: Nah. You know those things'll kill you.
Emil: Yeah. D'you wanna live forever?
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits save the title "ROBOCOP". See more »


Referenced in Sin City (2005) See more »


Show Me Your Spine
Music by P.T.P.
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Underrated, Misunderstood, Ingenious
14 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

It's a shame that this movie is usually snubbed by shoving it into the "action" category. Sure, there are lot of legendary action sequences to be found, but RoboCop is a LOT more than that.

Next time when you watch it, try to shift your focus from the cyborgs, explosions and gore towards the writing. From the main theme of criticizing the modern money driven society (a topic still relevant today, and will most likely be so in the future as well) all the way to the smallest bits of dialogue, the writing is nothing short of outstanding. RoboCop is simply the most intelligent "action" film to come out of Hollywood, ever. Unfortunately, the cleverness is hidden "between the lines" of comic book action. No wonder so many people fail to see this film for what it really is.

Amazing cinematography, solid performances (especially from Kurtwood Smith and Miguel Ferrer), memorable musical score.. The list is endless. Granted, the stop motion effects of ED-209 look quite old today, but you have to remember we're talking about a movie made in 1987. RoboCop has its faults, like the rather embarrassing toxic waste scene, but they are easily forgiven compared to all the good things.

You must be thinking "What is this guy on? It's just a dumb little action flick about a cyborg!" .. Relax, take a deep breath and watch it again. I like obscure art films as much as the next guy, but I'm not going to dismiss such greatness just because it comes wrapped in cartoon violence. I'm not saying RoboCop is art, the best movie ever made or the most important film of the year/decade/millennium. But it definitely deserves to be regarded higher.

My only question is: How could Verhoeven succeed so well with this movie, and fail miserably in ALL other Hollywood titles he has worked on?

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