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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

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Part man. Part machine. All cop. The future of law enforcement.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

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:

| (cut) | (cut) | (unrated director's cut) | (cut)

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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Did You Know?

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 »

Goofs

Obvious blanks being fired during Murphy and Lewis's pursuit of Boddicker and co., Murphy is shown returning fire on the van's right side, intending to hit Boddicker, yet there are no bullet holes despite missing every shot on Boddicker's van's right side. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
News Crew: This is Media Break. You give us 3 minutes, and we'll give you the world.
Casey Wong: Good morning. I'm Casey Wong, with Jess Perkins. Top story: Pretoria. The threat of nuclear confrontation in South Africa escalated today when the ruling white military government of that besieged city-state unveiled a French-made neutron bomb and affirmed its willingness to use the 3 megaton device as the city's last line of defense.
Jesse Perkins: And the President's first press conference from the Star Wars orbiting ...
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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 »

Alternate Versions

Finnish video release removes 10' 48" of footage. The scene where Ed-209 shoots Kinney to bits is shortened (every shot of Kinney being riddled with bullets are no more). 2. In the chase, the cops pulling aside to re-load, and the gang picking up the wounded Bobby, and throwing him at the police car's windshield, and the cops tossing the dead Bobby on the road, has been removed entirely (about 35 seconds cut in a row). 3. Clarence Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith) saying Ne-NE-NE-NE.. before he blasts Murphy's palm to kingdom come (too sadistic, kids!) is shortened. 4. Boddicker blasting Murphy's palm to kingdom come. 5. The scene where the gang blast Murphy's body to shreds is very heavily shortened and re-edited (the brief aftermath of Murphy's palm-amputation is cut, Murphy crawling away from the sadistically laughing gang is no more, every shot of Murphy being riddled with bullets is cut out, the gang running out of bullets is trimmed, and the soundtrack is altered too). 6. The climax of Murphy's death, where Boddicker shoots Murphy's head (the gang leaving the spot is shortened too). 7. The whole final 55 seconds of Murphy's CPR (and flashbacks as well) are deleted. The first brief views of the Roboocp P.O.V. have also gone. 8. The whole "rape"-scene is deleted. 9. Shots of Bob Morton and two whores sniffing cocaine is no more (along with a bunch of funny dialogue). 10. The scene where Boddicker shoots Morton's legs is reduced (only one shot is left intact). 11. The shooting in the drug factory is heavily shortened; every shot of Robocop shooting thugs has been deleted. 12. Robocop strangling Boddicker, and Boddicker telling him that Dick Jones is behind the crimes (almost all of this is shown later on a small screen in Robocop's P.O.V. recordings). 13. Clarence blowing his gang buddy's car away, and he and his gang blowing cars away with their Cobra-guns. 14. All shots of the deformed Emil are deleted (also almost all material of Lewis chasing Boddicker with her car [which is inter cut with the deformed Emil footage], and Boddicker running over Emil with his car are no more). 15. The scene where the no-more-Mr-nice-guy Boddicker shoots Lewis is briefly reduced. 16. Boddicker pushing a crowbar to Robocop's chest and Robo yelling (along with the line Sayonara, Robocop). 17. All shots of Boddicker bleeding from the neck are deleted. 18. The scene where Robocop shoots Dick Jones is shortened. See more »

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Show Me Your Spine
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User Reviews

Impressive Action Film That Is Not For the Squeamish
26 October 2000 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

"RoboCop" is a surprisingly impressive action film about a young cop (Peter Weller) who is killed by a gang of cruel criminals and is brought back to life with both human and robotic characteristics. Now he is cleaning up the city of Detroit and going after those who brutally murdered him when he was 100% human. This film is ultra-violent in every sense of the word. Anyone under the age of 17 should be strongly cautioned before seeing this film. However, the violence makes the film realistic and more exciting. Paul Verhoeven does some of his best work as a director. The screenplay is very smart for an action film and all the actors give bravura performances. Peter Weller will always be remembered as the original "RoboCop". Ronny Cox, Nancy Allen, Miguel Ferrer, and an incredibly evil Kurtwood Smith all do the best work of their careers. An impressive film from the action genre. 4 stars out of 5.


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