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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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Margaret Trigg ...
Richard Gesswein ...
Jayne Smith ...
James Cole ...
Stan Moore ...
Houghtaling
Nanette Kuczek ...
Penny Gayle
Brad Overturf ...
Moulie / Gas Station Cashier / R.O.T.O.R. / Diner Toughguy
Shawn Brown ...
Michael Hunter ...
Buglar
Victor Kwasnick ...
Grotes (as Victor Kawasnick)
Ron Baker ...
Glorioso
Diana Hurd ...
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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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Screenwriter Budd Lewis disowned the film after its release, blaming director Cullen Blaine and lead star Richard Gesswein for rewriting his original screenplay, eliminating most of the humor and inserting several extraneous scenes in order to replace parts of Lewis's screenplay that were deemed too expensive to film. See more »

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The semi tractor and the trucker's body suddenly and inexplicably vanish during the gas station fight. See more »

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L.A. Scientist: Who are we to create such a thing, heroes and villians?
Captain Barrett Coldyron: The only difference between a hero and a villian is the amount of compensation they take for their services. At our pay scale, I'd say we're closer to heroes.
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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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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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What You Do To Me
Written and Performed by Randy Moore
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A lot better than '2001: A Space Odyssey'
4 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

This motion picture is one of a handful of truly great Science Fiction features.

It is certainly on a par with, if not slightly better than, Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey'.

This film has a brain and a heart. So rare these days.

The action scenes were way ahead of their time. You can see where the Wachowski Brothers got their inspiration for their 'Matrix' trilogy.

I think this tender and moving religious parable concerns itself with the delicate balance between man and machine.

It asks the audience to meditate on the nature of the soul, on the pain of human consciousness and the heavy weight that human emotions can carry.

It is about love & pain. Hardware, software and an acute study of dystopian paranoia.

It's a tale as timeless as 'The Lord Of The Rings' or 'Indiana Jones'.

It is about life and death and dreams.

But ultimately it asks the most important question of all - "Is there a God ?"

In this respect is film is much better than the similarly themed 'The Terminator' (1984. Dir; James Cameron) I cried when I saw this movie in the former Yugoslavia on New Year's Day, 1990.

And I wasn't the only soldier to break down. There was a lot of emotion in that rustic farmhouse that evening. We talked for hours afterwards. there was so much to discuss.

I distinctly remember our Commanding Officer's face - streamed with tears but smiling.

"Now, it's all so clear" he whispered, his body racked with cathartic sobs, "Now I know what WAR is all about!...."

He left the British Army after seeing this film. Some say he does voluntary work in Iraq now.

Don't take these reviews, both positive and negative, as your guide. Make your own mind up. Take a risk and make the bold decision to seek out a VHS copy of 'R.O.T.O.R'. All the answers to life's complex questions are hidden in this remarkable piece of celluloid gold. But one must stick at it. This is no 'no-brainer' experience ! It took at least 6 separate viewing & discussion sessions before I truly mined the rich resources of this multi-layered epic.

In the meantime I will continue to lobby for this film to be released on DVD.


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