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R.O.T.O.R. (1987)

Not Rated | | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller | May 1988 (Japan)
Robotic Officer Tactical Operation Research. A prototype robot intended for crime combat escapes from the development lab and goes on a killing rampage.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Trigg ...
Sony
Richard Gesswein ...
Jayne Smith ...
James Cole ...
Greg Hutchins
Stan Moore ...
Houghtaling
Nanette Kuczek ...
Penny Gayle
Brad Overturf ...
Moulie / Gas Station Cashier / R.O.T.O.R. / Diner Toughguy
Shawn Brown ...
Mokie Killion
Michael Hunter ...
Buglar
Victor Kwasnick ...
Grotes (as Victor Kawasnick)
Ron Baker ...
Glorioso
Diana Hurd ...
Kipster
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Statum
Bob Lennard ...
Fisherman
Janiece Stamper ...
Waitress
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Robotic Officer Tactical Operation Research. A prototype robot intended for crime combat escapes from the development lab and goes on a killing rampage. Written by Anonymous

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R.O.T.O.R. - Força Policial De Extermínio  »

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Trivia

Although dialogue identifies R.O.T.O.R. as a Dallas Police Department project, no actual Dallas police vehicles, buildings or uniformed officers are featured in the film. The end credits give thanks to the police departments of the surrounding communities of Addison, Coppell, Hickory Creek, and Lake Dallas for providing officers, uniforms, and vehicles, and Division Headquarters and the Tactical Operations Lab are private commercial office buildings in the Dallas area. See more »

Goofs

The front license plate on Greg and Sonya/Sony's car (when it has one) is an official state plate but is a different style than the rear plate. At the time, Texas law required vehicles to display the same state-issued plate front and rear, and although some motorists flouted the law with novelty front plates, the most logical explanation for this car to have different State of Texas plates is the film crew having replaced a missing front plate with a non-matching one. See more »

Quotes

Captain Barrett Coldyron: We scientists are like degreed science-fiction writers. We're all prognosticators of the future. And since our particular purpose of vision belongs to the creed of law enforcement, we open inroads into tomorrow in ways and means of those who would serve and protect justice and order.
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Willard the Robot receives an end credit, although it is unclear who provided his voice. See more »

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What You Do To Me
Written and Performed by Randy Moore
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You're on my wavelength and your right!
6 May 2009 | by (Doomed Theater of Despair) – See all my reviews

I've seen my share of bad movies and when I read the entertaining reviews of a truly awful film I am amazed that there always seem to be some knucklehead that gives the film a ten rating even though there is no redeeming value whatsoever. The woefully inept Ben & Arthur is a prime example. Now is the time for me to become said knuclehead as R.O.T.O.R. is one of the most entertaining bad movies ever.

Professor/Cop/degreed sci-fi writer Coldyron performed by Richard Gesswein and dubbed with the voice of Loren Bivens (Why? Did he have a British accent?) has created the prototype cop of the inevitably lawless future with the help of man/woman/beast Dr. Steele (Jayne Smith) the only scientist in the world with a skunk mullet. After an accident at the Tactical Operations Lab, which also happens to be the Dallas Hilton, R.O.T.O.R. becomes operational a full twenty five years too early. Somehow he acquires skin and a uniform complete with porn star mustache and desert eagle and begins his tour of duty. When a couple is pulled over for speeding by R.O.T.O.R. he executes the driver causing the passenger Sonya (Margaret Trigg) to flee the scene with the maniacal machine in pursuit. This is the bulk of the movie. Poor Sonya has to drive nonstop for hours on end while Coldyron and Dr. Steele babble in lame pseudo-intellectual speak about how to stop R.O.T.O.R. Lucky for her that it takes at least 5-7 seconds before R.O.T.O.R. can aim and pull the trigger. The ending is even more absurd as R.O.T.O.R. is defeated quite easily with the right combination of car horn and thin rope.

The dialogue is what makes this movie so much fun. There is a scene where Coldyron meets the "L.A. scientists" and the inclusion of Beach Boy references makes the whole thing sound absolutely bizarre. The cast and crew of the Dallas Tactical Operations Lab are a hodgepodge of stereotypical eighties characters, hipster janitor, dorky scientist, and his comic relief sidekick in the form of the annoying Willard the Robot. One quip has Willard asking a female secretary for "those seven digits" which begs to ask what he would do once he had them. The pacing of the story takes some interesting liberties as Coldyron gets a call from his boss and is suddenly fired yet he is still a cop? This scene is followed by an inexplicable montage of Coldyron and his girlfriend going to lunch with the synth-heavy "Hideaway" song. Did they really think that the viewer needed to see this? As bad as this all seems I found myself with a smile on my face as this ended which is the ultimate purpose of this movie, to entertain. Those of you who remember the eighties ought to give this epitome of a good/bad movie a view.


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