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(1990)

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Some of RoboCop's new directives are (in numerical order):
  • DIRECTIVE 233: Restrain hostile feelings.


  • DIRECTIVE 234: Promote positive attitude.


  • DIRECTIVE 235: Suppress aggressiveness.


  • DIRECTIVE 236: Promote pro-social values.


  • DIRECTIVE 238: Avoid destructive behavior.


  • DIRECTIVE 239: Be accessible.


  • DIRECTIVE 240: Participate in group activities.


  • DIRECTIVE 241: Avoid interpersonal conflicts.


  • DIRECTIVE 242: Avoid premature value judgments.


  • DIRECTIVE 243: Pool opinions before expressing yourself.


  • DIRECTIVE 244: Discourage feelings of negativity and hostility.


  • DIRECTIVE 245: If you haven't got anything nice to say, don't talk.


  • DIRECTIVE 246: Don't rush traffic lights.


  • DIRECTIVE 247: Don't run through puddles and splash pedestrians or other cars.


  • DIRECTIVE 248: Don't say that you are always prompt when you are not.


  • DIRECTIVE 249: Don't be oversensitive to the hostility and negativity of others.


  • DIRECTIVE 250: Don't walk across a ballroom floor swinging your arms.


  • DIRECTIVE 254: Encourage awareness.


  • DIRECTIVE 256: Discourage harsh language.


  • DIRECTIVE 258: Commend sincere efforts.


  • DIRECTIVE 261: Talk things out.


  • DIRECTIVE 262: Avoid Orion meetings.


  • DIRECTIVE 266: Smile.


  • DIRECTIVE 267: Keep an open mind.


  • DIRECTIVE 268: Encourage participation.


  • DIRECTIVE 273: Avoid stereotyping.


  • DIRECTIVE 278: Seek non-violent solutions.


After the success of RoboCop (1987), director Paul Verhoeven and the original screen writers were approached for a sequel by the studio immediately. According to Verhoeven, he wasn't yet ready to make a sequel and wanted to wait until a proper script was written. He felt going forward so quickly would make it feel like he was attempting to cash in on a product. The studio did not agree, and hired Frank Miller to quickly write a new script and implement his own ideas. Ultimately the film failed, and Paul Verhoeven stated that had the studio gone with his ideas, it was far better than what was presented.
The scene in which RoboCop opens fire around the head of someone who is smoking, after which he says 'Thank you for not smoking', was actually licensed and run as a public service announcement ahead of several different films in many non-smoking movie theaters during the summer movie season that year.
The City of Detroit is depicted as being cash-strapped where OCP owns the entire metropolitan area - as life imitating art, the City of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy on July 18, 2013 with an estimated $18 - $20 billion debt.
When police raid the nuke lab, Robocop recreates the infamous "scope shot" where he shoots a sniper in the eye through the sniper's own scope. This is based upon the real life exploits of Marine sniper Carlos Hathcock.
Although the producers loved Frank Miller's original version of the script, they quickly realized it was unfilmable as written. The final screen version was heavily rewritten and bears only a superficial resemblance to Miller's story. In 2003, Miller's screenplay was adapted into a comic book series titled, appropriately, "Frank Miller's RoboCop".
The point-of-view shots from RoboCop show an interface based on MS-DOS . The villain Cain has the Apple based OS.interface with a skull instead of the Apple logo.
The Robocop suit for this film was constructed purely of FiberGlass. This allowed Peter Weller far more freedom in terms of movement and gave the suit a far more metallic look.
A directive which is only seen briefly in the scene where they are having trouble uploading the new directives into RoboCop is 'Directive 262: Avoid Orion Meetings'. Orion Pictures was the production and distribution company of RoboCop 2 (1990).
In the scene where RoboCop was being reprogrammed by Dr. Faxx, the following hex numbers scroll quickly up the screen: "50 45 54 45 20 4B 55 52 41 4E 20 49 53 20 41 20 47 52 45 41 54 20 47 55 59". Converted to ASCII text, it reads: "PETE KURAN IS A GREAT GUY". Peter Kuran was the special effects photographer.
The special effects were generated with an Commodore Amiga computer.
Peter Weller criticized the script, saying it lacked the spine and the soul of the original. Weller tried to convince Frank Miller, Irvin Kershner and the film's producers that the third act needed a morality angle instead of being just a shoot 'em up. The producers felt the battle between Robocop and Cain was sufficient.
Irvin Kershner's final film.
When RoboCop is in the Arcade, the majority of the video games are created by Data East. Data East was the creator behind the RoboCop video games.
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Frank Miller showed up on the set every day during filming, even though he was not required to.
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In the shootout scene at the Nuke lab in the beginning of the film, RoboCop stops to reload his gun. This is one of the few times in the series where he is seen reloading his weapon.
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The Chinese woman in Cain's limousine was saying in Mandarin: 'Take me with you, if not the police will catch me'.
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The lunch box-gun that Hob uses was not created for the film. It is an actual firearm called the UC-M21, developed in the early 1980s as an easily disguised weapon for secret service agents.
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The story involving corrupt Office Duffy was much more protracted in the film's initial cut, which included a much longer sequence where Duffy is tortured and killed onscreen as well as a running bit where other officers kept finding his severed body parts. The filmmakers knew these segments would have given the film an X rating and quickly rounded off the story to end with relatively little gore and no follow-up material.
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While displaying RoboCop's new directives at the police station, the cable plugged into his head is actually a water supply coupling for a toilet.
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The tiny "container" that held the drug Nuke was actually a saline re-moisturizer for contact lens wearers in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The solution was dyed red and, in some shots, had a small needle sticking out after someone removes the covering.
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The press conference where Mayor Kuzak shouts at the media was filmed in front of the east entrance to the Houston City Hall building (901 Bagby, Houston, Texas). The grand finale was filmed at Wortham Center in the Theater District in Houston. In several scenes, the white building which was seen in the background was the Alley Theatre; CGI imagery was used to create the visible damage during the final scenes.
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During the gun store robbery, a rare Beretta 93r can be seen hanging from the pegboards, complete with stock and forward handle. This is the model that was modified to become Robocop's Auto 9 pistol.
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Peter Weller previously starred in Shakedown (1988) which came out a year after RoboCop (1987) (where he played a New York City public district attorney defending a suspect in selling drugs and shooting an undercover police officer who happened to be corrupt). In RoboCop 2, Weller plays a cyborg battling the drug lord Cain. He, as an officer of the law, is almost killed under Cain's orders (completely taken apart in pieces) while also battling a corrupt group of OCP officers and executives.
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Peter Weller and Patricia Charbonneau previously co-starred in the film Shakedown (1988), where they both played lawyers and lovers. They are reunited in this film as the titular character and a technician. In the novelization by Ed Naha, the name of Charbonneau's character was Linda Garcia, and in the film, 'Garcia' is visible on her name-tag.
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Whenever Johnson and 'The Old Man' walk down a corridor together, they're in perfect lock-step, each with hands identically positioned (right hand clasped over left).
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When Faxx is attempting to upload the new commands into Robocop, the connections on either side of his helmet are BNC connectors. This is standard film equipment for connecting signal cables to monitors.
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One of the buildings shown at OCP's demonstration of their plans for Detroit is the Bank of America building located at 700 Louisiana in downtown Houston (the orange building in three triangles).
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The OCP flags that appear throughout the movie are essentially Nazi flags with an OCP logo instead of the swastika.
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Alan Moore was originally offered the chance to write the film but turned it down.
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The film's production company, Tobor, is "Robot" backwards.
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When Robocop walks away from a glass coffin supposedly containing Elvis Presley, as well from pictures of Mother Theresa and Jesus on the wall, along with a photo of Colonel Oliver North.
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The opening sequence of the film, where RoboCop foils the gun shop robbery, was used as the early teaser trailer for the movie.
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Both Cain and "the Old Man" have scenes where they say that they're going to make "Made In America" mean something again.
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Even though Peter Weller broke up with his girlfriend during filming, he still had a good time making the movie and enjoyed working with Irvin Kershner.
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Tim Hunter, who was set to direct but quit the project over "creative differences" during pre-production, was replaced by Irvin Kershner.
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The role played by Patricia Charbonneau was originally written as a man.
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The pilot episode for RoboCop (1994) came from the first draft for RoboCop 2 (1990) written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner.
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The song played by the violinist/contortionist during the telethon scene is 'Born to Be Wild' by Steppenwolf.
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RoboCop 2/Cain's metal body has the symbol for nuclear radiation attached to the chest. For most of the film, Cain produced & distributed the designer drug Nuke and as a cyborg he is dependent on it.
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The folding submachine guns used by the bad guys (specifically the character Hob) are based on the 9mm M21 Sub Machine Gun (designed by Dave Boatman), which itself is an updated version of the Ares FMG (Folding Machine Gun) developed by Eugene Stoner (weapons designer known for designing the AR-10 and AR-15 assault rifles - the latter of which adopted by the U.S. military as the M16 since 1962).
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While being reprogrammed by Dr. Faxx, Robocop identifies himself as "RoboCop: Crime Prevention Unit". The acronym for that designation is "CPU," which also happens to be the acronym for "Central Processing Unit," or a "computer" (commonly referring to desktop computers).
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Norwegian director Nils Gaup was offered the project but turned it down.
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Many scenes were deleted from the movie for various reasons: . Robocop walking through police station locker room where he sees a naked police woman showering and, after looking at her for a few seconds, walks away.

.Robocop's hallucination scene after he is dismantled by Cain's men, where he dreams of visiting his own grave. . A few scenes with Cain that explained his character more, including a scene where he and Angie visit Dr. Faxx to discuss robotics, thus planting the seed for the most likely candidate to donate to Robocop 2's construction. In the same deleted scene, Cain confronts a Robocop mock-up in the OCP's reception area.

. An extended scene where the store keeper who got robbed by the baseball team kids screams at Robocop for letting them get away, with Robocop grabbing him by the throat, saying a few words about the storekeeper's "harsh value judgment" then dropping him on the floor.

. A scene where Robocop finds out that Cain is inside the Robocop 2 cyborg, interfacing with Dr. Faxx's computer and going through her files.

Also, just like with first movie, some scenes were cut down to avoid an X rating by MPAA. Although one workprint version is available that includes some of the deleted scenes, there was never any uncut version of the movie with all deleted scenes.
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At the start of the scene were Hob is seen giving Nuke and money to people a young man is seen walking out of the arcade and down the steps. This same person is seen seconds later receiving Nuke inside the arcade from Hob.
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The leaking fire hydrant scene, which was filmed on a street paved with red bricks, was actually filmed on Andrews Street in the Freedmen's Town Historical District, located in Houston, Texas.
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Cameo 

Frank Miller:  (One of the screenwriters) Frank the chemist, who makes the Nuke drug for Cain.

Director Cameo 

Irvin Kershner:  when Dr. Juliette Faxx is reviewing death row inmate files on the computer, the first inmate image shown is that of Kershner.
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Director Trademark 

Irvin Kershner:  [the human face]  The close up of Robocop's unmasked face.
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