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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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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,008,721, 19 July 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert DoQui and Felton Perry who both star in the film played the same character of Obra in the Walking Tall series. Perry played Obra in Walking Tall (1973) and DoQui played Obra in Walking Tall Part II (1975). See more »


When Bob Morton reveals RoboCop to the staff who are applauding him, RoboCop walks past a TV screen filming him, which shows him turn 90 degrees to his left, but in the POV shot he walks in a straight line. See more »


[first lines]
News Crew: This is Media Break. You give us 3 minutes, and we'll give you the world.
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Jesse Perkins: And the President's first press conference from the Star Wars orbiting ...
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Crazy Credits

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 Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hangar 18 (1989) See more »


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Music by P.T.P.
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Brutal but satisfying
2 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

Detroit is under siege by a corrupt CEO in the police department...also by rapists, robbers, and the group of thugs who murdered Officer Murphy. Murphy (flawlessly played by Peter Weller) was a family man with a big heart whose body is eventually 'saved' by tech-geniuses, transforming him into a robot-cop (with a big heart, natch). The violence in the film is incredibly brutal in the manner of "Death Wish", yet it can almost be overlooked--even deemed necessary--in the context of the plot. Weller exudes sensitivity (not easy to do under that coat of armor), and he's matched very well by Ronny Cox (delightfully sinister and sniveling) and spunky Nancy Allen (in her best performance). A bleak vision of the future, though one which offers hope underneath its chestplate of destruction. Followed by "RoboCop 2" in 1990, "RoboCop 3" in 1993, and a television series in 1994. ***1/2 from ****

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