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RoboCop (1987)

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In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.

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Paul Verhoeven
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Weller ... Murphy / RoboCop
Nancy Allen ... Lewis
Dan O'Herlihy ... The Old Man (as Daniel O'Herlihy)
Ronny Cox ... Jones
Kurtwood Smith ... Clarence
Miguel Ferrer ... Morton
Robert DoQui ... Sgt. Reed
Ray Wise ... Leon
Felton Perry ... Johnson
Paul McCrane ... Emil
Jesse D. Goins ... Joe (as Jesse Goins)
Del Zamora ... Kaplan
Calvin Jung ... Minh
Rick Lieberman Rick Lieberman ... Walker
Lee de Broux ... Sal (as Lee DeBroux)
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Storyline

Detroit - in the future - is crime-ridden and run by a massive company. The company has developed a huge crime-fighting robot, which unfortunately develops a rather dangerous glitch. The company sees a way to get back in favor with the public when policeman Alex Murphy is killed by a street gang. Murphy's body is reconstructed within a steel shell and called RoboCop. RoboCop is very successful against criminals and becomes a target of supervillian Boddicker. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com> / edited by statmanjeff

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The future of law enforcement. See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

On the DVD Ray Wise explains that he and Kurtwood Smith ended up being too close to an explosion which caused pieces of glass to be embedded into Ray's face. He received an additional stunt pay for this mishap as per the studio. Ray then jokingly states that he devised ways where he would be as close to the explosions as possible to gain extra money. See more »

Goofs

When the convenience store robber knocks over the beer cans concealing the safe, you can tell by the sound they make that they are empty. See more »

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[first lines]
News Crew: This is Media Break. You give us 3 minutes, and we'll give you the world.
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits save the title "ROBOCOP". See more »

Alternate Versions

In 1995, The Criterion Collection premiered the 'unrated' edition of RoboCop on LaserDisc. The 1987 theatrical release was cut in several scenes to attain an R-rating, and this unrated version restored that footage. The unrated version has subsequently been used for many of the film's DVD and Blu-Ray releases. The first cuts appear in the scene where ED-209 goes berserk and shoots Kinney during the meeting. In the director's cut there is another frontal shot of Kinney getting riddled with bullets at the start of the scene. When Kinney collapses onto the model of Delta City, there are extra shots of him being bloodily hit with more bullets, as well as the ED-209 technicians struggling to rip wiring out of the circuit board. Restoring this footage makes the scene much more darkly comical. During the car chase, when Clarence's henchman Bobby is shot in the leg, the R-rated version shows a long shot, while the unrated has a gruesome close-up of Bobby's leg being shot. Murphy's death is almost a minute longer in the unrated version. After his hand is blown off, Murphy looks in horror at the stump, before Clarence's gang blows off his entire arm with gunfire. The subsequent part with him being riddled with bullets is much longer as well. An elaborate tracking shot is used only in the unrated that shows the back of Murphy's head exploding into the camera when he is finally shot by Clarence. This shot made use of a fully-mechanical prosthetic Murphy built by make-up special effect artist Rob Bottin. The overhead shot of Lewis kneeling beside Murphy's body at the end of the scene is also exclusive to the unrated version. Clarence Boddicker's death is shown in different shots depending on the version. The R-rated shows a long shot of him staggering away immediately after being stabbed, while the unrated shows a tight close-up. See more »

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Music by P.T.P.
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A Sci-Fi Masterpiece
15 September 2004 | by Smith1202See all my reviews

This is one of the best science fiction films ever made. Unfortunately, neither the sequels nor a T.V series could top this entertaining mix of action,humor and emotion. Robocop 2 relied a little too much on action and not enough emotion. Robocop 3 could have been good if they had written a better storyline and script. The story in 3 just did not work out with audiences, and that's why it got such negative reviews. If there ever is a Robocop 4 i hope that they bring back Paul Verhoven, The director of the first. Maybe he can help bring Robocop back to life. The producers could not wait to make sequels and that is why they weren't like the original


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robocop: The Future of Law Enforcement See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,008,721, 19 July 1987

Gross USA:

$53,424,681

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$53,424,681
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Orion Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| DTS (special edition)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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