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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

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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?


During the news footage when RoboCop throws the disgruntled city hall worker out the window during the hostage crisis, the dummy's legs fly up into the air in a comedic fashion as it hits the ground. This was a happy accident and the creators decided to keep it in the film. See more »


Just before Boddicker's gang has its shooting spree on Murphy, they taught him to turn around. Only Emil's lips move to voice his taunt. The taunts of the rest are heard while their lips are visibly too stretched in laughing to voice them. See more »


[OCP executive Bob Morton is interviewed on Mediabreak]
Robert 'Bob' Morton: At Security Concepts, we're projecting the end of crime in Old Detroit within forty days. There's a new guy in town. His name is RoboCop.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Chicago Med: Disorder (2016) See more »


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Music by P.T.P.
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User Reviews

Cracking Futuristic Action
29 January 2005 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Robocop, born of technology is a cyborg, half man/half machine. The future of Law enforcement is here, and he's kicking ass.

Alex Murphy was the unfortunate candidate chosen to be robocop after he was brutally massacred by a gang of scumbag criminals. And the robocop program was brought in, after the E.D. 209 (An all robot killing machine) proto-type failed so disastrously.

Alex Murphy, now Robocop is effectively dead, but he still has a memory, and sets out on a quest to avenge his own Death, by finding the scumbags responsible.

With some quite horrific violence (E.D. 209 and Murphy scenes mainly) and some brilliant action, Robocop is character that you will warm to, as he fights crime on a personal level.

Solid entertainment 8/10

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