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RoboCop (1987)

 -  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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Storyline

Detroit - in the future - is crime-ridden, and run by a massive company. The company have 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 a cop called Alex Murphy is killed by a street gang. Murphy's body is reconstructed within a steel shell and named RoboCop. The RoboCop is very successful against criminals, and becomes a target of supervillain Boddicker. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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robocop | gang | future | robot | partner | See All (177) »

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

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Action | Crime | Sci-Fi

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17 July 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Robocop: The Future of Law Enforcement  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$53,424,681 (USA)
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Trivia

On the DVD Ray Wise explains that he and Kurtwood Smith ended up being too close to an explosion which caused pieces of glass to be embedded into Ray's face. He received an additional stunt pay for this mishap as per the studio. Ray then jokingly states that he devised ways where he would be as close as to the explosions as possible to gain extra money. See more »

Goofs

The grenade use by Clarence to kill Bob Morton is a concussion style grenade, and not a fragmentation (anti-personnel) type, neither of which is capable of producing the type of explosion that obliterated Morton's home. In order to achieve the orange and black smoke as shown, gasoline would have to be involved. See more »

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Clarence Boddicker: Hey Emil! How's the Gray Bar Motel?
Emil: Not bad.
[shows his prison uniform]
Emil: They let me keep the shirt. Nobody popped my cherry!
Leon Nash: Emil how ya doin' man, good to see ya!
Joe Cox: [Joe pulls up in a stolen car] Hey hey! First they me out of jail for free, then look what I find in the prison parking lot: but a brand new 6000 SUX, still got the factory sticker on it!
Leon Nash: Hey Clarence, Joey's got a car just like yours man!
Joe Cox: Yo Clarence, what do you think buddy!
Joe Cox: [seeing Clarence take out a Cobra Assault cannon] What you ...
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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 »

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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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