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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 ...
Richard Gesswein ...
Jayne Smith ...
James Cole ...
Greg Hutchins
Stan Moore ...
Nanette Kuczek ...
Penny Gayle
Brad Overturf ...
Moulie / Gas Station Cashier / R.O.T.O.R. / Diner Toughguy
Shawn Brown ...
Mokie Killion
Michael Hunter ...
Victor Kwasnick ...
Grotes (as Victor Kawasnick)
Ron Baker ...
Diana Hurd ...
Bob Lennard ...
Janiece Stamper ...


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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Judge, Jury, and Executioner.


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Release Date:

May 1988 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

R.O.T.O.R. Police Force  »

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Did You Know?


Popular Argentine rock band "El Mató a un Policía Motorizado" ("He killed a motorized policeman") takes their name from a line in this movie. See more »


During the fight between ROTOR and Dr. Steele, you can see before he flips her that she is a stunt double - evidenced by his looking at the camera and his armpit hairs. See more »


Captain Barrett Coldyron: You call the senator and you tell him ROTOR walked through a busload of nuns to get to a jaywalker, with malice towards no one. It won't stop. It wasn't ready. It's brain functions are incomplete. It can't think twice, can't reason, can't change it's prime directive. It's like a chainsaw set on frappé.
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Crazy Credits

Willard the Robot receives an end credit, although it is unclear who provided his voice. See more »


Referenced in Best of the Worst: Wheel of the Worst #6 (2014) See more »


What You Do To Me
Written and Performed by Randy Moore
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The ne plus ultra of bad
18 August 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

R.O.T.O.R. is one of those films us Homo sapiens should put into a time capsule so that future generations/civilizations can witness a glorious achievement in 'film' which captures the zeitgeist of the nineteen eighties. Forget the Berlin wall falling or the end of the Cold War, R.O.T.O.R. is the greatest achievement of 1989 and director Cullen Blaine was Man of the Year. Not only is this the cinematic gem the worst thing ever put on celluloid, it also shares the dichotomous distinction of being the funniest film ever made. A perennial favorite at 'bad movie nights with friends', this piece of solid gold belongs in a film museum somewhere.

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