RoboCop 2 (1990) Poster



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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.
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 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 point-of-view shots from RoboCop include references to MS-DOS, while the point-of-view shots from RoboCop 2 feature a Apple MacIntosh-style interface, with a skull instead of the Apple logo.
In the segment when the police are raiding the nuke lab, RoboCop recreates the infamous "scope shot" where he shoots a sniper in the eye through the snipers own scope. This is based upon the real life exploits of Marine sniper Carlos Hathcock.
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.
Irvin Kershner's final film.
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.
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.
The special-effects were generated with an Commodore Amiga computer.
The lunch box-gun that Hob uses was not created for the film, but an actual firearm called the UC-M21, developed in the early 1980s as an easily disguised weapon for secret service agents.
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.
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).
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.
The Chinese woman in Cain's limousine was saying in Mandarin: 'Take me with you, if not the police will catch me'.
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.
Peter Weller criticized Robocop 2's script, saying it lacked the spine and the soul of the original. Weller tried to convince writer Frank Miller, director 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.
When Robocop walks away from the glass coffin supposedly containing Elvis, as well as pictures of Mother Theresa and Jesus on the wall, and there is a photo of Colonel Oliver North.
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).
The opening sequence of the film, where RoboCop foils the gun shop robbery, was used as the early teaser trailer for the movie.
The OCP flags that appear throughout the movie are essentially Nazi flags with an OCP logo instead of the swastika.
The song played by the violinist/contortionist during the telethon scene is 'Born to Be Wild' by Steppenwolf.
Both Cain and "the Old Man" have scenes where they say that they're going to make "Made In America" mean something again.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Tim Hunter, who was set to direct but quit the project over "creative differences" during pre-production and was replaced by Irvin Kershner.
The role played by Patricia Charbonneau was originally written as a man.
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.
The pilot episode for RoboCop (1994) came from the first draft for RoboCop 2 (1990) written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner.
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 who was defending a suspect of selling drugs and shooting an undercover police officer who happens to be corrupt. In this film, Weller as RoboCop is battling a drug lord Cain, who as an officer of the law is almost killed under his orders (completely taken apart in pieces) and is also battling a corrupt group of OCP officers and executives.
Peter Weller and Patricia Charbonneau had 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.
When Faxx is attempting to upload the new commands into Robocop, the connections on either side of his helmet are BNC connectors. These are standard film equipment for connecting signal cables to monitors
Even though Peter Weller broke up with his girlfriend during the filming of Robocop 2, he still had a good time making the movie and enjoyed working with director Irvin Kershner.
Writer Frank Miller showed up on the set of Robocop 2 every day during filming, even though he was not required to.
Alan Moore was originally offered the chance to write the film, but turned it down.
The film's production company, Tobor, is "Robot" backwards.
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.
Norwegian director Nils Gaup was offered the project but turned it down.
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).


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 inmates' files on the computer, the first inmate image shown is that of Kershner.

Director Trademark 

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

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