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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 Calvin Jung ... Minh
Rick Lieberman Rick Lieberman ... Walker
Lee de Broux ... Sal (as Lee DeBroux)
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Storyline

In a violent, near-apocalyptic Detroit, evil corporation Omni Consumer Products wins a contract from the city government to privatize the police force. To test their crime-eradicating cyborgs, the company leads street cop Alex Murphy into an armed confrontation with crime lord Boddicker so they can use his body to support their untested RoboCop prototype. But when RoboCop learns of the company's nefarious plans, he turns on his masters. Written by Jwelch5742

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Part man. Part machine. All cop. See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Kurtwood Smith's wife, Joan Pirkle, has a small role as Dick Jones' secretary, Barbara, who he flirts with before a meeting. See more »

Goofs

In spite of the erroneous floor indicator at OCP (the elevator said "95th floor" but the wall plaque said "120"), at the board meeting, we can clearly see outside that they are only about 300 feet up. If they were really on either the 95th floor or the comical 120th floor, they would be over a thousand feet up and from that height we wouldn't even see the ground from the meeting room. 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.
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 peace ...
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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

The American network TV version made extensive cuts to violence, language, and nudity, often using alternate takes. Profanity is dubbed over, sometimes in unintentionally funny ways ('asshole' becomes 'airhead', 'scumbag' becomes 'crumbag', etc.), the sole instance of nudity is absent due to an alternate take being used. In terms of violence, many of the shootouts cut around the squibs. The ED-209 scene does not show any of the bloody bullet hits, and instead features a single front-facing shot of Kinney staggering backwards with no squibs or blood. Murphy's death is heavily cut, nearly all bullet impacts are missing - and music has been added to the scene to soften the screaming and gunshot sounds. Emil's death doesn't cut any of the scenes of him melting, but does remove the scene where Clarence disintegrates him with his car, instead using an alternate take where Clarence swerves around him. See more »

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Referenced in Parks and Recreation: Media Blitz (2011) 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 bob the mooSee 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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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

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Orion Pictures See more »
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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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