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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

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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The shootout at the cocaine factory was not originally intended to be so fast-paced. The automatic guns used in the scene kept malfunctioning during filming. Most camera shots did not provide more than three seconds of usable footage, because most guns were usually jammed by that time. This necessitated quick cuts during editing, which proved to be advantageous for the scene. See more »


In the close-up of the cocaine dispensing machine, the glass vial rises up to the nozzle only to be dropped a second later causing most of the cocaine to be released into the air. See more »


Clarence Boddicker: Hey, Dickey boy. How's tricks?
Dick Jones: That *thing* is still alive.
Clarence Boddicker: I don't know what you're talking about.
Dick Jones: The police officer who arrested you, the one you spilled your guts to.
Clarence Boddicker: [gets up close to Jones' face] Hey... take a look at my face, *Dick*! He was trying to kill me.
Dick Jones: He's a cyborg, you idiot! He recorded every word you said. His memory's admissible as evidence! You *involved* me! You're gonna have to kill it.
Clarence Boddicker: Well, listen, chief... your company built the fucking thing! Now I gotta deal with it? I...
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There are no opening credits save the title "ROBOCOP". See more »


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Music by P.T.P.
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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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