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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Officer Alex J. Murphy / RoboCop
... Officer Anne Lewis
... The Old Man (as Daniel O'Herlihy)
... Dick Jones
... Clarence J. Boddicker
... Bob Morton
... Sergeant Warren Reed
... Leon C. Nash
... Johnson
... Emil M. Antonowsky
... Joe P. Cox (as Jesse Goins)
... Kaplan
Calvin Jung ... Steve Minh
Rick Lieberman ... Walker
... 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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Part man. Part machine. All cop. The future of law enforcement.


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17 July 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Robocop: The Future of Law Enforcement  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,008,721, 19 July 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$53,424,681
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Verhoeven admitted that while reading the screenplay for the first time, he had difficulties with the American slang (as he is Dutch). For instance, he did not understand why the Afro-American gang members would call the Caucasian members "brother", even though they weren't related. See more »

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ED 209's right arm cannon wiring and barrel differ in color and shape/ alignment between shots in motion and steady-shots of ED during the board meeting. This is obviously of the fact, that there were two different ED models used in this scene where one of them was 1:1 size and the other, a stop-motion miniature. See more »

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Crazy Credits

The title "ROBOCOP" reverse zoptic effects through the middle "O". The title turns into television white noise and zoptics forward, then cuts to the television station. See more »

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Show Me Your Spine
Music by P.T.P.
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Classic science fiction film full of excess, humour and satire
4 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

In a futurist Detroit, crime is high and the police are run by a massive private company, keener to reduce running costs than reduce crime. When their new police robot ED209 develops a glitch, they turn to a prototype that blends human tissue with high-tech circuitry. Meanwhile Police officer Murphy and his partner Lewis are out gunned by criminals leaving Murphy mortally wounded. OCP take Murphy's body and use it to make Robocop. However Robocop is so successful that he is targeted by criminal Boddicker. Boddicker turns to his shadowy partners in crime, while Robocop struggles to deal with human memories and a programming system that seems designed to control him and keep him in the dark.

Verhoeven's first US film was to set the mould for how the rest of his career would pan out - extreme violence and very little idea of restraint. However this is one of his best films and has much in common with one of his other best (Starship Troopers) - ultra-violence, funny black humour, great action and tonnes of satirical digs at modern life. Here the plot revolves around the creation of Robocop and his fight against crime that goes right to the top. This is complimented by the sub-plot of him trying to rediscover his human side. This is full of great action scenes and eccentric villains.

The black comedy is funny, although sometimes you feel bad laughing at so much violence, but the sideswipes are the best. Verhoeven takes digs at TV with his advert filled news broadcasts, at privatisation by showing the crumbling police stations and the huge corporate towers and at heroism by showing Robocop creating just as much mayhem and destruction as the criminals he pursues. His strength however is the action scenes and the sense of tension he creates - I'll don't think anyone can forget the sheer terror of ED209's `glitch'.

Weller is good - cast because of his strong jaw and ability to project emotion through a suit of armour - and he does manage to bring out the human side. Allen is good but a but dry. The real support comes from the eccentric, and well known villains and corporate bosses. Ronny Cox, Smith, Ray Wise, Perry, O'Herlihy and Miguel Ferrer are all great in various capacities. Criminal or greedy corporate leader - it's hard to tell which is which at times.

A classic bit of sci-fi. Verhoeven has sadly not had a moment as fine as this since and has recently had problems being excessive in Hollywood - the land of excess! This is a landmark film that may not be to everyone's taste.


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