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Most shots of Robocop and the police car show him getting out or preparing to get in. Peter Weller didn't fit into the police car in full costume. When he needed to be in the car, he wore the top part of the costume and sat in his underwear. To maintain the illusion that RoboCop wears the entire suit while inside a car, most shots show his robotic feet exiting first.
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The RoboCop suit was so hot and heavy that Peter Weller was losing 3 lbs a day from water loss. Eventually, an air conditioner was installed in the suit.
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The screenplay had been offered to, and rejected by, virtually every big director in Hollywood before Paul Verhoeven got hold of it. He threw it away after reading the first pages, convinced it was just a dumb action movie. His wife, Martine, read it all the way through and convinced him that the story was layered with many satirical and allegorical elements, leading Verhoeven to direct the film.
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In Sacramento, California, a robbery suspect fled into a darkened movie theatre to escape pursuing police. He became so engrossed in this movie, which was playing on screen, that he failed to notice that police had evacuated all other patrons from the theatre. When the lights flipped on, the stunned man was taken into custody.
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Nancy Allen first arrived on set when Paul Verhoeven was shooting the deliberately cheesy sitcom "It's Not My Problem" which appears on television screens throughout the film. Allen was initially horrified to think that she had signed on to make a film with an incompetent director.
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Paul Verhoeven and Rob Bottin clashed repeatedly before and during production over the design and make-up of the RoboCop character. What they argued most about was the scene where Murphy takes off his helmet. Bottin wanted the scene to be filmed in a darkened area, fearing that harsh light would reveal too much of the make-up effects; Verhoeven wanted the scene to be filmed as brightly as possible, citing that director of photography Jost Vacano would be able to light it properly without revealing anything. Verhoeven got his way and Bottin refused to talk to him any further for the remainder of production. However, at the premiere, both men were so impressed with how the scene had turned out, that they instantly forgave each other. Bottin, who had even vowed to never again work with Verhoeven, happily accepted the offer to work on Verhoeven's next project, Total Recall (1990).
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Realizing that the film was running behind schedule and over budget, director Paul Verhoeven and producer Jon Davison purposely did not film one crucial scene: Officer Murphy's death. When production wrapped, they went back to Los Angeles and grimly informed the execs that Murphy's death had not been filmed. After watching the footage they did film, the execs were so astonished by the aesthetics and performances they gave the filmmakers more money and they filmed the scene in a redecorated warehouse in Los Angeles.
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Peter Weller said one of his favorite memories of his film career was filming the drug bust sequence. While filming the sequence, Weller was listening to Peter Gabriel's song "Red Rain" on his Walkman inside the RoboCop helmet as he exchanged gunfire with various bad guys.
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The character Bob Morton was originally conceived as a stereotypical corporate executive, arrogant, unpleasant, and unlikable. However, when Miguel Ferrer signed on and gave his performance as an amiable and charismatic individual, Edward Neumeier and Paul Verhoeven realized that the audience would likely start sympathizing with the character, and Bob Morton was rewritten to become the (somewhat) more pleasant individual that he is in the movie.
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Because the hands of the RoboCop suit were made of foam rubber, the car keys would bounce off of Peter Weller's hand every time he attempted to catch them. The production took up to 50 takes and an entire day's worth of filming before finally getting the shot right.
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The repeated line "I'd buy that for a dollar!" comes from Cyril M. Kornbluth's short story "The Marching Morons", which presents a similarly cynical view of an over-commercialized future that's desensitized to violence and war. A radio game show in that short story uses the line "I'd buy that for a quarter." as its signature phrase.
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In the hostage scene, as RoboCop is walking toward the room where the former councilman is holding the mayor hostage, the infrared heat vision mode was actually executed using fluorescent body paint on the (nude) actors and a black light. Paul Verhoeven says that he thought this technique would be cheaper than getting an actual infrared spectrometer camera.
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Concerned that various police forces would object to the scene of the title character throwing Clarence Boddicker through glass while reading his rights, the producers had a preliminary screening for an audience of police officers. It turns out that they were delighted at the sight of the hero getting tough with a wanted murderer in a way that they could not.
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The Desert Eagle Magnum that is in the OCP Board Room was originally intended to be RoboCop's gun. There is even existing behind-the-scene photos and footage of Peter Weller practicing with the Desert Eagle; however, when they gave Weller the gun, they noticed that even the bulky Desert Eagle was too small in the hands of RoboCop, so the film's armory supervisor, Randy E. Moore, brought in a Berretta Automatic Pistol to which a compensator and decorative dressing was added to increase the size of the gun.
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The shootout at the cocaine factory was not originally intended to be so fast-paced. The automatic guns used in the scene kept malfunctioning during filming. Most camera shots did not provide more than three seconds of usable footage, because most guns were usually jammed by that time. This necessitated quick cuts during editing, which proved to be advantageous for the scene.
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When in full RoboCop costume, Peter Weller would remain in character between takes, only responding to director Paul Verhoeven's instructions when properly addressed as "Robo." Verhoeven found this too funny to take seriously and dropped this after a couple of weeks.
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The RoboCop suit was designed by Rob Bottin and his team. The production team wasn't satisfied with the initial design, and kept changing it and putting additions to it for months. Ultimately, nothing seemed to work and they went back to what was pretty much Bottin's original design. This caused considerable delays, and by the time the suit was completed, it was three weeks late and arrived at the studio on the day that the first RoboCop scene was scheduled to be shot. It took 11 hours for Bottin's people to fit Peter Weller into the suit, and when it was done Weller found that all his mime exercises were now useless because he needed time to get used to the suit and to perform as a robot in it. Production was halted so that Weller and his mime coach, Moni Yakim, could learn how to move in the suit.
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When the RoboCop suit arrived on set, Peter Weller discovered that his movements had become very restrictive in the suit after Paul Verhoeven began watching the raw dailies. He and Moni Yakim had envisioned RoboCop moving in a snake like fashion but the suit would not allow it. Moni then informed him that it would be best to slow down his movements so that he could gain the ability to move in the costume. Production was then halted for three days in order for Yakin, Verhoeven, and Weller to discuss the new approach. Tempers flew and arguments started over this decision, but in the end, Verhoeven thought Weller deserved the right to express his opinions and go forth with this decision. Verhoeven was happy with the end results.
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The special effects were generated with a Commodore Amiga computer.
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One unused idea for a scene was to have RoboCop going to his old house where his family would still live. He meets his son, but the boy does not recognize him; the only one who does is his old dog (similar to The Odyssey, where Odysseus returns home and isn't recognized by anyone except his dog). The producers liked the idea but Paul Verhoeven decided not to shoot the scene for being a bit too sentimental. The scene would later be used in the 2014 remake. This idea was also used in RoboCop 2 (1990), as he passes in front of the house in a police car and his former wife recognizes him.
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In 2013, 26 years after the movie's release, Detroit declared bankruptcy.
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Edward Neumeier came up with the idea for RoboCop after he had helped out on the set of Blade Runner (1982), which was about cops hunting robots that looked like humans in the future. Intrigued, Neumeier turned the scenario around into a future where a cop looking like a robot would be hunting human criminals.
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Enforcement Droid 209's voice is that of producer Jon Davison, its growls are of a jaguar, and its squeals are of a pig. ED-209's body was based on the design of a Bell helicopter and the overall appearance is reminiscent of a line of toys named Robotech (1985) which were based on a 1980s Japanese anime series.
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Kurtwood Smith originally auditioned for the role of Dick Jones, and when he first learned he had been cast, he thought that was the role he had gotten. Not until later did he find out he would be playing Clarence Boddicker. Later still, he discovered the reason: being Dutch, director Paul Verhoeven had grown up near the Holocaust, and thought that, when wearing glasses, Smith resembled Heinrich Himmler. Smith apparently agreed with the idea, stating that a bigger, more menacing villain would come across as someone who could merely be outsmarted, while his character's glasses made him look smarter and therefore more of a threat.
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Writers and producers were concerned that cops would be offended by their portrayal in the movie. On the contrary, they loved it. They especially enjoyed the scene where RoboCop throws Boddicker through three panes of glass window while concurrently reading Boddicker an abbreviated rendition of his Miranda rights.
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The convenience store robber was played by the movie's stunt coordinator who gladly accepted to be one of RoboCop's victims and contributed the idea of being hit into the door of the glass cooler.
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The scene where Boddicker's gang tortures and finally murders Murphy was heavily edited several times in order to avoid an X rating. In the theatrical version, it is clear that Boddicker has blown apart Murphy's right hand with a shotgun blast, and Emil then blows off his right arm at the shoulder with another shotgun blast, but the explicit gore is limited in those instances. There was also an extension of 2 seconds where Boddicker explicitly blows Murphy's brains out with a handgun that got taken out. The full scene with all of the original dismemberment and head shot was restored in the Director's Cut which was released on home media.
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The RoboCop suit was the most expensive item on set. While the price range varies, the producers indicated that they spent anywhere between US$500,000 to US$1 million for the suit.
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During the news footage when RoboCop throws the disgruntled city hall worker out the window during the hostage crisis, the dummy's legs fly up into the air in a comedic fashion as it hits the ground. This was a happy accident and the creators decided to keep it in the film.
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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.
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Stephanie Zimbalist was originally cast as Lewis but had to give up the role when she was called back to film more episodes of Remington Steele (1982). Nancy Allen was then cast and Paul Verhoeven had her cut her hair shorter and shorter several times until it was short enough, as Verhoeven wanted to desexualize the character.
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According to Paul Verhoeven's commentary on the Criterion Edition DVD, an additional Media Break was filmed and completed for the film. Most notably, it featured footage of Lewis hospitalized and recovering, assuring the audience that she did not die nor would become "Bride of RoboCop", as many speculated.
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Kurtwood Smith claims in the 20th Anniversary DVD release that the scene where he is taken into the precinct was the first scene he had shot, and proposed the spitting of the blood and swearing to give the scene more punch. Paul Verhoeven, intrigued, decided to give it a shot. Smith mused that this may have simply been due to Verhoeven's love of bloodletting.
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On the Criterion Edition DVD commentary track, executive producer Jon Davison and writer Edward Neumeier both relate the film to the decay of American industry from the 1970s through the early 1980s, with the abandoned "Rust Belt style" factories that RoboCop and Clarence Boddicker's gang use as hideouts reflecting this concern.
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Former President Richard Nixon was hired to promote the home video release for $25,000, he donated the money to the American Boys Club.
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In a 2013 interview, Edward Neumeier reflected on how the film's script is starting to play into reality: "We are now living in the world that I was proposing in RoboCop (1987)...how big corporations will 'take care of us' and...how they won't."
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The film was submitted to the MPAA 12 times before securing an R rating.
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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.
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Director Paul Verhoeven credits James Cameron's The Terminator (1984) with the success of RoboCop. Orion Pictures, the production company of RoboCop, was initially founded with the purpose of making quality movies instead of profitable blockbusters. Shortage of money forced them to produce The Terminator, which they saw as a low-budget production that might make some quick profit, but since this was not the type of movie they liked to be associated with, the studio did very little marketing for the film. When Terminator became an unexpected hit, the studio was convinced that science-fiction could be profitable, so RoboCop was quickly green-lit and appropriately marketed. Verhoeven also adopted the fast editing pace from that movie.
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On the 20th Anniversary disc, Peter Weller stated that the scariest moment came when he had to film the scene where he walked down the stairs in the dance club. This consisted of him only wearing the upper portion of the costume but having to walk down the stairs without being allowed to look where he was stepping. He said the situation became very dangerous as loud music was being played and smoke was everywhere. He ended up doing this sequence three times.
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When Lewis fires the Cobra Assault Cannon during the final shootout at the foundry the muzzle flash and blast are so powerful that they knock the Lexan screen protecting the film crew and equipment off its mounting and into the shot.
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The young gas station attendant with the glasses and the geometry book is a reference to a young Paul Verhoeven himself, who wore spectacles and studied Math in the Netherlands.
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Paul Verhoeven wanted his American debut to have an appropriately American pacing. He worked again with cinematographer Jost Vacano (with whom he had filmed several of his Dutch movies), as Vacano had become famous for his groundbreaking tracking shots in Das Boot (1981). Verhoeven wanted the camera to be nearly always moving, to prevent the pace from slowing down; for that reason, even dialog scenes were filmed with a steady cam.
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Kurtwood Smith's wife, Joan Pirkle, has a small role as Dick Jones' secretary, Barbara, who he flirts with before a meeting.
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Writer Edward Neumeier was an executive at Universal and hated his job so he jacked it in to pursue his dream of writing a screenplay about a robot that became a cop. Coincidentally fellow scribe Michael Miner was working on a script about a human cop who becomes a robot. It was a natural progression for the two to join forces.
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RoboCop's first Directive, "Serve the public trust", was inspired by a fortune cookie.
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The steel mill scenes at the end of the movie became the more boring part of the shoot. Ray Wise and Kurtwood Smith along with the rest of the cast would regularly steal golf carts belonging to the crew and race around with them. The crew became very angry and told them they were not happy with their actions.
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In addition to Iron Man (1966), the comic book "ROM" is also seen in the mom-and-pop store, the storyline of which involves a hero sacrificing his human body and having his mind placed into a robot in order to save his people. In the scene where Murphy's son Jimmy watches TJ Lazer on TV in a flashback, issue 41 of ROM can be seen on the floor at his feet.
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Seven RoboCop suits were used throughout the movie. Out of the seven, one of them had special safeguards and fireproof fiberglass to help the stuntman perform the gas station scene. Another two were used exclusively during the third act of the movie where Robocop gets damaged from the ED-209 and the Detroit Police Department. There was no 'one suit' as most people would think, but actually more than one, each fragile and easily destroyed during filming.
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To shoot the scene where ED-209 falls down the stairs, Phil Tippett and his team made a small replica of the stairs and pushed the model down.
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The script for Robocop was rejected by just about every major movie studio since it was conceived in the early 1980s. Orion Pictures took the chance and Robocop's success continued on with two follow up sequels to the movie, two cartoon series, a television show, several comic book series, and a made for TV series of four movie length episodes as well as a fan made parody film. It has also spawned over a billion dollars in children and adult toy lines and collector statues which are still being released to date.
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The hostage scene where a former city council member holds the mayor and his staff hostage was based on a real-life crisis where former San Francisco supervisor Dan White wanted his old job back. The character is also seen eating Baby Ruth bars - as homage to White's 1979 conviction of involuntary manslaughter where diminished capacity was used, known in legal terms as the "Twinkie Defense."
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All the POV shots when RoboCop first wakes up with technicians working on him (including the party scene and the moment when RoboCop is unveiled) were shot at the Mary Kay Cosmetics factory in Dallas.
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Another problem with the RoboCop suit was that it reflected too much light when lit like an actor normally is. This caused some unusable shots. Eventually, the problem was solved by lighting it like a car.
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While set in Detroit, 22 locations in and around Dallas were used for filming. The only actual showing of the Motor City itself is in the opening and that was stock footage.
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Up till then, Ronny Cox was usually cast in friendly roles so his casting as a villain was a surprise (this was carried over into the subsequent Total Recall (1990)). This was also the case for Kurtwood Smith who had normally won intellectual roles.
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After Peter Weller complained about the costume during the first few days of filming, the role of RoboCop was offered to Lance Henriksen, who turned down because of time conflicts - Henriksen was also considered for the title role in The Terminator (1984) (before the cyborg was decided for to be large and bulky and Arnold Schwarzenegger was brought on), and finally got to play a robot in Aliens (1986) (see also trivia for The Terminator (1984)).
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This movie along with Basic Instinct (1992), Starship Troopers (1997), and Hollow Man (2000) is one of four separate movie franchises in which the first movie of their respected series (directed by Paul Verhoeven) were successful, but their respective sequels (not directed by Verhoeven) all either bombed at the box office or were released 'Direct-to-VHS/DVD'.
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RoboCop's spike, which emerges from his knuckles, and gun holster were actually two stand alone separate pieces that were never integrated into the costume. The spiked hand was controlled by someone who just held up a fake arm towards the camera while he was off camera, and the gun holster was operated off screen since it was a stand alone piece.
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The entrance to the OCP building in the movie is actually the front entrance of Dallas City Hall with extensive matte work (by Rocco Gioffre) above to make the building appear to be a giant skyscraper.
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"He's like Dirty Harry with Ball Bearings" was one of the early taglines considered but was ultimately dropped fearing litigation from either Warner Bros. or Clint Eastwood.
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For a while, Michael Ironside was attached to the role of RoboCop, but they had to give up on the idea when they realized that the actor would have to have a much smaller frame to fit into the costume envisaged.
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The studio decided that Rob Bottin would be the ideal person to create the RoboCop suit, as he had just finished doing the special effects for The Thing (1982).
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Before Peter Weller was cast, Rutger Hauer was another actor in line to play RoboCop. However, it was decided that he was too large to fit into the costume. Weller won the role because of his slender 5'10½ frame and the expressiveness of his lower face.
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RoboCop's three Prime Directives ("Serve the public trust; Protect the innocent; Uphold the law") are reminiscent of the Three Laws of Robotics as devised by sci-fi author Isaac Asimov and first published in his short story "Runaround".
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The thief who robs the liquor store walks by a rack of comic books and picks up an issue of Iron Man. Like RoboCop, Iron Man is about a man who wears a metal robotic suit due to injuries. Cast member Miguel Ferrer later appeared in Iron Man 3 (2013).
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The "Cobra Assault Cannons" are working Barrett M82A1s, long-range anti-material .50 caliber sniper rifles with some plastic molding added to the frame and scopes originally meant to have CGI incorporated with them. That idea was scrapped due to budgetary constraints.
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As RoboCop approaches Dick Jones's office in his first attempt to arrest him, Jones is tapping his fingers in time to the incidental music.
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While Murphy mentions his son Jimmy by name when twirling his gun in front of Lewis, the name of Murphy's wife is never mentioned in the film. The closing credits refer to them only as "Murphy's Wife" and "Murphy's Son". In the closing credits of the sequel RoboCop 2 (1990), their names are officially revealed as Ellen Murphy and Jimmy Murphy.
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The point-of-view shots from RoboCop include references to MS-DOS.
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The scientist who introduces ED-209 in the beginning has a name tag of McNamara, a nod to Robert McNamara, the president of the Ford Motor Company and the Secretary of Defense during the John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson Administrations. Thus he connects Detroit cars and military violence. Production designer William Sandell based the ED-209 design on the BELL UH-1H-HUEY chopper used during the Vietnam War.
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Peter Weller turned down a role in King Kong Lives (1986) to star in this film.
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Peter Weller wore a bald cap so that the RoboCop helmet could be removed more easily.
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RUNNING GAG: Every time a patrol car speeds up or down a ramp of a parking garage, the rear bumper hits the ground causing sparks to fly.
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In a interview, Paul Verhoeven admitted that when the audience would see RoboCop for the first time, he would just swing the camera onto him and show him right away. Instead, Rob Bottin suggested to slightly hide Robocop behind glass and bars and mainly hear him approach before fully showing him fully. Verhoeven liked the approach (characters are often introduced this way in many of his favorite Spaghetti Westerns) and used it.
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To test out the RoboCop gun, the gunsmith and writer Edward Neumeier went into the bathroom and it was fired off. As per Neumeier, the whole bathroom engulfed in dust from the gun going off and set off a few fire alarms. The gun also had to be cleared by the FBI as a prop into the United States for usage because of its odd and prototype nature.
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The computer that RoboCop looks up criminal records on is actually a Northern Telecom telephone switch.
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The police union strike taking place at the end of the film, provides a viable explanation as to why Dick Jones did not dispatch a second mission of police officers against RoboCop (after the OCP Tower shootout). Seeing that he has run out of options Dick Jones resorted to his last ally: Clarence Boddicker and his gang of thugs.
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Just for the record (some viewers have asked about this very obvious point), loading the "demo" ED-209 with live ammo was no "mistake" or "character error", even though it was a ridiculous and catastrophic oversight in responsible behavior. The idea is that Dick Jones and his henchmen are such deranged, arrogant, confident people that they will actually risk lives merely to demonstrate/flaunt their preposterous juggernaut.
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Ray Wise says that he kept his costume from this film. He also keeps it wrapped in plastic, "just like Laura Palmer."
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A rare extended television spot, as well as a 1988 commercial for the film's home video release, establish that the film is set in 1991.
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While filming in Dallas, Paul Verhoeven especially liked the look of one particular building when it was lit up by external lights at night. Unfortunately, that building was being renovated during the shooting and the lights were shut off. As they were finished in Dallas and were leaving, they literally saw the lights come on through the plane's window.
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For the commercial about a nuclear war game, they replaced Parker Brothers with Butler Brothers. Coincidentally, in Dallas, Texas, where RoboCop was filmed, there was an actual company named Butler Brothers.
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As one of the setpieces of the movie, the ED-209's look and animated sequences were under the close supervision of Paul Verhoeven, who sometimes acted out the robot's movements himself.
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The 6000 SUX was built from the body of a 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass four-door sedan (note front end).
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The character of Robocop made an appearance at WCW Capital Combat in 1990 as part of the publicity for RoboCop 2 (1990). He rescues Sting, one of WCW's top wrestlers, from an attack by The Four Horseman. It is widely regarded as one of the worst and most ridiculous moments in wrestling history.
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In 1988, brake and muffler shop Meineke used a RoboCop-like customer in a commercial. For legal reasons, the armor was completely orange in color, whereas everything else, even the voice, was similar.
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The only film in the RoboCop franchise to have filming performed in Detroit, albeit only flyover shots of the skyline as seen in the opening shot. A different city was used to double for the city in each installment: Dallas in this film, Houston was used for location filming in RoboCop 2 (1990), and Atlanta in RoboCop 3 (1993). The remake, RoboCop (2014), was filmed in Toronto.
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When Robocop first "loads up", you see some IBM compatible computer commands displayed on the screen in a list. The commands are: Command.com, Load Bios, Memory Set, System Status, and OK. When he does a more extensive reboot, the commands are (some obviously related to only Robocop): Command.com, Load Bios, Bios System Check, RAM Check, Config.SYS, Bio.Com Interface, To Rom I/O, Controller, Compspec.EXE, Memory.DAT, Robo Utils, System Buffer, Parameters, Parity Set, Memory Set, System Status, and OK.
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During on-set production interviews, Peter Weller referred to his character as 'John Murphy' which many believe to be erroneous on his part. However, the name 'Alex' is never spoken in the film, and Weller's character is only ever referred to by himself and others as 'Murphy', so it is possible it was scripted as 'John' but changed sometime during production. The only reference seen to 'Alex Murphy' is on the computer record Robocop looks up on the police file, which could have been an easy post-production change.
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Prominent Dallas landmarks seen in the film include Dallas City Hall (the exterior of the OCP headquarters), the Plaza of the Americas (where the glass elevator that RoboCop rides in are located), the Fountain Place building (the chisel-shaped skyscraper seen in the background of the OCP boardroom scenes) and the Reunion Tower (the tall tower in the background while Murphy and Lewis are chasing the van in the beginning of the movie on Victory Avenue (which is now the location of the Victory Park District (now the location of American Airlines Center) since 2001). The underground parking garage where RoboCop is shooting out with the police is the Crescent Building parking garage. Another garage used was the Dallas Public Library's, across the street from City Hall.
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Although Peter Weller is solely credited as playing RoboCop, he did in fact have a stunt double for certain scenes. During the making of the crack house scene, Peter Weller, Paul Verhoeven, and the stunt double can be seen discussing RoboCop's movements.
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Plans for a "Terminator vs Robocop" film have been on and off in the works since 1990. Although no movie has yet to be made with the crossover, several video games and comic books have been released based on the idea, making the project one of the most anticipated crossovers of all time.
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One of the themes of Robocop was a futuristic bankruptcy of Detroit. Robocop premiered on July 17th, 1987 (the 32nd anniversary of the opening of Disneyland) and the City of Detroit, Michigan, filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy on July 18, 2013.
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David Cronenberg was one of many directors offered the position and who subsequently turned it down. Ironically, Peter Weller played the lead in Cronenberg's Naked Lunch (1991), in which Weller appeared in lieu of reprising his role in RoboCop 3 (1993).
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On the first day of putting on the Robocop suit, it is alleged that it took anywhere from 10-15 hours to get Peter Weller into the suit. This including removing or moving certain pieces around to give Weller mobility.
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The organic food paste that Robocop eats was actually made up of parsnip, tomato purée and crushed butterfinger bars.
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  • In 2019, KFC released a series of hilarious commercials featuring a character, in reference to the character of RoboCop, named Colonel RoboCop. Among the most famous of these commercials was of a family watching this film in their living room when Colonel RoboCop shows up and scare the family into eating the product when the family tried to ignore him. Peter Weller himself provided the voice for Colonel RoboCop.
  • In 1988, brake and muffler shop Meineke used a RoboCop-like customer in a commercial. For legal reasons, the armor was completely orange in color, whereas everything else, even the voice, was similar.
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The police cars were modified Ford Tauruses. One of the main competitors of the Taurus at the time was the Pontiac 6000. The car the villains use is the 6000 SUX, a not-so-subtle jab at the Pontiac 6000. Ford did manufacture the Taurus as a police vehicle between 1989 to 1995. The 1989 to 1991 models had a modified front grille with eight openings which was not available on the civilian models, including the Taurus SHO. The 2013 model year officially reintroduces the Taurus (sold to law enforcement agencies as a Police Interceptor sedan and not badged as a Taurus along with a utility variant sharing the same D4 platform with the 2011-present Ford Explorer (also sold as a Police Interceptor Utility - both D4 platform vehicles have standard all wheel drive) as the replacement for the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, which was phased out in 2011.
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When the movements in the RoboCop suit had to be rethought, movement coach Moni Yakim had Peter Weller study the exaggerated and theatrical performance of Nikolay Cherkasov in the title role of Ivan the Terrible, Part I (1944).
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The trademark phrase of RoboCop "Dead or alive you are coming with me" is actually uttered only twice in the film.
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The film was nominated for three Oscars, including Best Sound, Best Sound Editing, and Best Film Editing. The film won the Best Sound Editing Oscar.
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Being a method actor, Peter Weller insisted on set that he only be called Murphy or RoboCop. Paul Verhoeven told him he was being stupid, Miguel Ferrer went out of his way to call him by his real name and Kurtwood Smith ignored him.
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The man catching the gun that RoboCop beats out of Leon's hand in the disco was supposed to be a cameo by screenwriter Edward Neumeier, but he was not available at the time of filming.
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RoboCop's look was inspired by the Japanese comic The 8 Man and the first Metal Hero Space Sheriff Gavan (1982).
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The 1986 Ford Taurus was used as the police cruiser in the movie, due to its then-futuristic design. As of May 2012, RoboCop's Taurus is on display at the Branson Auto Museum in Branson, Missouri.
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The song "Show Me Your Spine" by PTP is playing in the club when RoboCop arrests Leon. This song, which features vocals by Kevin 'ohGr' Ogilvie of Skinny Puppy, was unavailable in any format until October 2004, when it was included on the CD "Ministry: Side Trax" released by Rykodisc.
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A puppet of Ronny Cox was used when he is shot out of the building window by RoboCop as he's falling to his death.
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In the fourth draft of the script, the film was to take place during 2043 or 2044 and featured a highly technologically advanced society. However, due to budget restraints, it was decided that the film takes place in the not too distant future.
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Director Paul Verhoeven appears in the dance club scene for less than a second as a wildly dancing man. Verhoeven never intended to be in the scene. He was simply trying to rile up the extras into dancing with more energy, and was picked up by the camera. Verhoeven was actually surprised that the editors had pulled a joke on him by managing to slip in the brief shot of him at the film's first screening.
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RoboCop's gun, referred to in the script as an Auto-9, was a modified Beretta M93R: The barrel was extended and modified to resemble a casket. The weapon has a selectable fire mode switch, semi-automatic and three-round burst. The basic design of the Beretta 93R machine pistol is based on the famous Beretta 92 pistol. However, the trigger mechanism is somewhat different from Beretta 92, as it is a single action only, with non-ambidextrous frame mounted safety and additional fire mode selector.
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Although both Edward Neumeier and Paul Verhoeven have declared themselves staunchly on the political left, Neumeier recalls on the audio commentary to Starship Troopers (1997) that many of his liberal friends perceived this as a fascist movie. On the 20th Anniversary DVD, producer Jon Davison referred to the film's message as "fascism for liberals" - a politically liberal film done in the most violent way possible.
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Although set in a futuristic Detroit, the movie was actually made in Dallas. The city was chosen because of its more modern skyline.
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Monte Hellman acted as second unit director after Paul Verhoeven began to fall behind schedule.
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During filming, director Paul Verhoeven caused considerable tension on the set with his notoriously short temper. Cast members Kurtwood Smith and Ronny Cox were eyewitnesses to some of the director's rantings and ravings, which wasn't helped by Peter Weller hating his Robocop costume due to lack of comfort. In his biography, Verhoeven admitted that his temper was more or less an accepted thing during his Dutch career, as no one would take it personal. However, he quickly learned during his first American movie that this approach had the exact opposite effect in the USA, so he had to learn how to reign in his temper over time, and, at one time, had to apologize to his entire crew.
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This film uses the word "fuck" 35 times.
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Peter Weller and Nancy Allen actually share the same birthday - June 24.
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When Emil stops to get gas for his motorcycle, the price of gas at that station is $5.799 per gallon.
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Ken Russell called this the greatest science-fiction film since Metropolis (1927).
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Dick Jones taunts Bob Morton with the lines "... the old story, the fight for love and glory ...", which are from the song "As Time Goes By" by Herman Hupfeld.
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In the Latin American DVD dubbing, the news about Mexico was changed to be happening in the Middle East. However, in the subtitles, the location remained unchanged.
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Despite an uncanny resemblance, the actor who played Keva Rosenburg is NOT Edward Van Halen, nor is it Alex Van Halen. The actor's name is James Staszkiel.
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For a couple of years after this movie, Detroit radio station 96.3 WHYT (now WDVD) had their traffic reports done by a guy they called "RoboTrafficCop", and he would do the traffic report in a voice similar to Murphy (but clearly a little higher pitched).
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Paul Verhoeven's antagonistic style didn't go down very well with his cast and crew. Peter Weller later said that this the first time he ever considered having a fist-fight with his director.
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In August 1988, it was the first Orion release to premiere in the United States on Showtime, as part of an exclusive, multi-year deal for first-run television rights. Prior to then, HBO had a multi-year contract with the studio to have their films premiere first on the pay cable channel.
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This is director Paul Verhoeven's first American film.
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Despite prominent advertising, the ED-209 is barely in the film.
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The original gun for RoboCop was a Desert Eagle, but this was deemed too small. A Beretta 93R was heavily modified by Ray Williams of Freshour Machine, Texas City, Texas, who extended the gun barrel to make it look bigger and more proportional to RoboCop's hand. The gun holster itself was a standalone piece that was not integrated into the suit. Off-screen technicians would operate the device on cue by pulling cables that would force the holster to open up and allow the gun to be placed inside.
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Alex Murphy was initially called Robert in the original script. Producers felt that people would call him RobertCop. So, it was changed at the last minute.
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The history of Detroit, and future real life events, reflect the dystopian theme of this movie (released in 1987). The City of Detroit was continually losing population. From a peak of 1,849,568 in 1950, the city lost around 750,000 people, to under 1,100,000 in a couple generations (by the time this movie was released in 1987). The population continues to decline, dropping down to an estimated 672,000 by 2018.
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Due to the film's success, two animated spin-off series made for children were created, RoboCop (1988) and RoboCop: Alpha Commando (1998). RoboCop (1988) aired a year after the film's release and lasted for one season with 12 episodes. And RoboCop: Alpha Commando (1998) aired 11 years after the film's release and lasted for one season with 40 episodes. Both shows toned down much of the mature nature and dark elements of the film to keep them kid-friendly. Though, it was suggested that the popularity of this film being marketed toward children resulted in the unfortunate watering down of the RoboCop franchise.
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Empire Magazine placed this film as in the 404th spot in The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time list.
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It took almost 10 months of preparation for the construction of the RoboCop suit. Life casts of Peter Weller and 6-foot clay models created by Rob Bottin were used to design and construct the suit.
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Executive producer Jon Davison provided the voice of ED-209.
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The sound crew went to a gun range in Texas and recorded a brand new library of gunshot sound effects, especially for the film. The same effects were used a year later by the sound editors for Die Hard (1988).
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Despite being a newcomer to Hollywood, Paul Verhoeven had no qualms telling Academy Award-nominated make-up designer Rob Bottin that his first designs for RoboCop were crap.
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Because most 1980s action movies opened with a big action scene, the movie was originally supposed to open with the donut shop massacre referenced in the news footage. However, director Paul Verhoeven decided to open the film with comedy instead of harsh violence.
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The convenience store robber was only meant to say, "Fuck me!", just once. However, he kept saying it over and over while he tried to kill RoboCop. Director Paul Verhoeven thought it played funny, so he kept it in.
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To save money, Orion tried to cut the scene of Murphy/RoboCop returning to his house because it didn't involve a key action scene.
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The MPAA wanted to cut the shot of the toxic waste thug exploding into goo when he is hit by a car, but Orion refused because it was by far the favorite moment of preview audiences.
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Miguel Ferrer stated that shooting this film was the best summer of his life.
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The members of Clarence Boddicker's gang (including Clarence himself) all use shotguns. No two shotguns are alike, each being a different model and/or variation, Clarence uses a modified Mossberg 5500, a semi-automatic shotgun with a shortened barrel and heat shield, Joe Cox uses a standard mag-tube Remington 870 Folding Stock with the stock removed and a Beretta 92F, Leon Nash uses an Ithaca 37 with a pistol-grip and extended magazine tube, He switches to a Remington 870 in the steel mill he also uses a Detonics ScoreMaster in .45 ACP during the nightclub scene, while Emil Antonowsky uses the Ithaca, he also uses a Ingram MAC-10 fitted with a recoil compensator and a modified folding stock when he robs a gas station, one of the same MAC-10's was also used in several episodes of Miami Vice. Steve Minh wields a Mossberg 500 Cruiser, with a distinctive sling swivel.
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The film's VHS and LaserDisc rentals earned a revenue of $24 million.
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The film had a budget of $13 million. It ended up being a success at the box office earning up to $54 million domestically.
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Almost 20 years after this film, Peter Weller, Paul McCrane and Ray Wise all appear in Day 5 of 24 (2001). However, they do not share any screen time.
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Most of the movie's exteriors were shot in Dallas because the production team thought that city looked futuristic.
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The scientists in the film are named after U.S. Presidents. The cops are named after serial killers.
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When RoboCop confronts ED-209 outside of the OCP building at the end of the film, the production wanted a big explosion. However, the location had glass art hanging nearby, and they were not allowed to do it to the scale they wanted. They ended up having to add optical effects to make the explosion bigger.
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Despite portraying enemies in the film, Peter Weller got along very well with Kurtwood Smith. At first, when Weller requested to be referred to as "Murphy" or "Robo" in-between takes in order to stay in character, Smith didn't know how to talk to him. But soon, the two started a friendship and the rule was ignored. Weller spent time with Smith, Ray Wise, and Calvin Jung in between filming. The latter three, who all maintained healthy lifestyles, ended up supporting Weller's training for the 1988 New York City Marathon.
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After the film's release and due to being impressed by the futuristic conceptualizations in the film, the United States Air Force hired Edward Neumeier as a consultant for futuristic concepts.
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Due to director Paul Verhoeven's volatile temper, some of the cast and crew members found it easier to work with second unit director Monte Hellman.
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Some people have pointed out that the film, Eliminators (1986), shares some similarities with this film and the film was joked to be the PG-rated version of this film. Interestingly, Eliminators (1986) was released a year before this film.
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This is director Paul Verhoeven's ninth film.
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The film was shot over the course of four months. Filming began on August 6, 1986, and wrapped on November 8, 1986.
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Ronny Cox enjoyed playing the bad guy for a change. Cox repeated the effort in director Paul Verhoeven's next film, Total Recall (1990).
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Murphy briefly mentions his son's name in the parking lot when he practices the gun twirl.
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Paul McCrane appears in this film with Miguel Ferrer. McCrane would later become a regular on ER (1994), opposite Ferrer's cousin, George Clooney. Ferrer and his mother, Rosemary Clooney, also both made guest appearances.
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David Cronenberg was offered the job to direct this film. Cronenberg declined.
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Tom Berenger was in talks with director Verhoeven about playing the lead role of RoboCop.
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When Robocop ends the hostage situation, it is a 'parody' of the media videotaped Bud Dwyer suicide.
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According to the credits of RoboCop 2 (1990), Alex Murphy's wife and son are named Ellen and Jimmy Murphy. In the remake, RoboCop (2014), their names are Clara and David Murphy.
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During the firing range scene, you can see Robo's hand and he is multi firing weapons. He is shooting multiple rounds per one finger squeeze, and you can tell that one time the weapon misfires and he must squeeze the trigger again.
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Prior to this film, Ronny Cox was better known for playing nice characters rather than the sleazeball he portrays here.
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The opening shot of the skyline was added late in the game from stock footage because the producers wanted an establishing shot of the city.
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The screenplay for the film was originally titled, "RoboCop: The Future of Law Enforcement".
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Alex Cox turned down directorial duties to make Straight to Hell Returns (1987).
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7 actors from this film have also appeared in the Star Trek franchise:
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The book the gas station attendant is studying from is called "Schaum's Outline Series Principles and Problems of Plane Geometry with Coordinate Geometry" by Barnett Rich.
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Clarence Boddicker uses two different types of the Desert Eagle in the film. His main weapon is an Desert Eagle Mark I in .357 Magnum with an elongated threaded barrel (sometimes fitted with a suppressor). He also uses one without the extended barrel during the drug lab shootout.
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Out of Boddicker and his crew, Joe Cox is the most visibly eager to tangle with RoboCop, recklessly firing off several shots of the cannon he's been given and whooping with glee at the explosions it causes. He ends up being the first of Boddicker's henchmen to be killed by Robocop in their final confrontation.
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Monte Hellman is uncredited as one of the second unit directors of the film.
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Peter Weller was chosen from a list of many actors, not just because the production team felt he was the best actor for the role but because they needed a lean actor who could fit in a bulky suit without looking comical. Plus, he had a strong jawline, which is the only part of him seen through most of the film.
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The news and commercial footage was all shot on video. However, the shots from RoboCop's point of view were shot on 35mm film with a filter to produce the video lines.
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During a press screening, Sheila Benson from the L.A. Times ran to the projection booth during the commercial for the 6000 SUX car featuring the dinosaur, telling them they had the wrong reel in the projector.
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During the casting of the film, Armand Assante read for the part of Murphy, performing the scene in which he takes off his helmet. Assante took the opportunity to go big with his performance, pulling at his hair and showing loads of emotion. When Verhoeven directed both Weller and Allen in the film, he went in the opposite direction, instructing them to play it as cool as possible for greater emotional effect.
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The film was ranked at number 14 as one of the greatest action films of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
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The Detroit police department in the film was filmed at a combination of the at-the-time-operational Dallas High School for the exterior and the Sons of Hermann in Dallas for the interior.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger was originally considered to portray Alex Murphy/RoboCop. However, he was too bulky for the RoboCop suit. When the film was released, Schwarzenegger said that he loved the film, and wanted to work with director Paul Verhoeven. When Total Recall (1990) was announced to be in development, Schwarzenegger and Verhoeven picked that film to work on together.
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Miguel Ferrer, Dan O'Herlihy and Ray Wise all subsequently appeared on Twin Peaks (1990).
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Sylvester Stallone was considered to play Alex Murphy/Robocop.
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The helmets the police officers wear are modified versions of the Cooper SK 2000 hockey helmet. Oddly enough the visors are screwed into the side bumpers instead of the two screws on the front of the helmet where traditionally visors and cages are installed on the helmets. In the NHL it was most famously used by Mario Lemieux, Chris Osgood, and Dominic Hasek.
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The film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #23.
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Jonathan Kaplan was originally set to direct, but opted to do Project X (1987) instead.
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Director and writer Kenneth Johnson was offered to direct this film. Johnson declined due to not being allowed to change aspects of the script he deemed to be "mean-spirited, ugly, and ultra-violent".
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Sol Negrin is uncredited as one of the film's cinematographers.
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The violation RoboCop lists when attempting to arrest Dick Jones is "C.6 SEC 148."
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[1:15:52] there is a news story that tells of two former US presidents who retired in Santa Barbara and were struck by a laser. Audiences in Santa Barbara theaters cheered at the mention of the town. Former President Richard Nixon did have a home in San Clemente, California but resided in New York City since 1979 until his death in April 1994 (his Presidential library and birthplace is located in Yorba Linda, California); former President Ronald Reagan (who was President at the time of the film's release in 1987) passed away in June 2004 at his Bel Air estate (his presidential library is located in Simi Valley, CA).
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The male hero teaching the female hero how to shoot as they do target practice together, leading to an unexpected bonding moment between them, is an action movie cliche that has been used many times. Examples: Thief of Hearts, Kick-Ass, Aliens, Mary Marcy May Marlene. This movie uses that as well; except in this version it's the female teaching the male. (Lewis helping Murphy focus at the ending as they do target practice).
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T.J. Lazer is a parody of the television series T.J. Hooker (1982), which starred William Shatner. Peter Weller, like Shatner, has appeared in the Star Trek films.
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Murphy carries the SIG-Sauer P226 in 9x19mm as his sidearm before he becomes RoboCop. His partner, Anne Lewis, also uses one in the abandoned factory and throughout the remainder of the film, although it appears that her sidearm was a P9S earlier. (There has been some debate on RoboCop message boards over whether this gun is a P220 or a P226. It is definitely a P226 because the frame of the gun has the prominent bulges along the side, visible between the takedown switch and the decocker, which make the frame wider so that the gun can accommodate a double-stack magazine. The P220, which takes a single-stack magazine, lacks these; the sides of the receiver appear smooth rather than bulged, even from a distance.)
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Kenneth L. Johnson said that he was offered the chance to direct, but turned down when he was not allowed to change aspects of the script that he considered to be "mean-spirited, ugly and ultra-violent".
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Armand Assante auditioned for the role of Alex Murphy/Robocop.
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The phrase "...dead or alive...you're coming with me..." is an old western movie and television lawman/outlaw tag line.
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The precinct used for filming is the same one where Lee Harvey Oswald was booked for killing John F. Kennedy. Gary Oldman appeared in the remake RoboCop (2014), and played Oswald in JFK (1991).
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The company that makes Robocop is named OCP, which is the word "cop" rearranged.
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Bob Morton's home was filmed in a home near Dallas featured in the television series Beyond 2000 (1985).
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Debra Lamb's small role was cut from the final finished version of the film.
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When told cigarettes will kill him, Emil (Paul McCrane) replies "You wanna live forever?" This line was also used in Starship Troopers (1997), also directed by Paul Verhoeven. Paul McCrane also previously appeared in Fame (1980), the title song of which featured the line "I'm gonna live forever."
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The movie takes place in 1997, the same year as Lost in Space (1965) and Predator 2 (1990), & Robotron: 2084 (1982), which happens to start with the letters, "Robo".
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In the scene where Murphy is practicing his gun twirling while Lewis is getting the coffee, if you look in the background of the side shot (where both are in the scene) the low brown building behind them with the antennae tower is the TV station KDFW Channel 4, the Dallas/Fort Worth affiliate of the FOX Network (at the time it was the CBS affiliate). Also of an interesting note, the parking lot behind Murphy in the shots facing him is no longer there. It is now a city bus terminal.
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This marks the first role where Nancy Allen wore her hair short.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2001 list of 400 movies nominated for the top 100 Most Heart-Pounding American Movies.
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Michael Miner is uncredited as one of the second unit directors of the film.
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Rather than for strictly artistic reasons, the fast editing in many of the scenes involving gunfire was done because it was rare for all the guns to work properly in the same take. Few shots last more than two seconds because actors had to continue clearing jammed weapons.
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To prepare for designing Robocop, Rob Bottin bought copies of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) to study C3PO's movements.
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Both Peter Weller and Nancy Allen share the same birthday. June 24th. Peter Weller is 3 years older than Nancy Allen.
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Second Unit Directors Mark Goldblatt and Monte Hellman actually directed most of Robocop scenes in Dallas, while Paul Verhoeven directed Bob Morton and Dick Jones scenes. They got full creative freedom and did the storyboards for this scenes. Goldblatt worked only for two weeks, and Hellman replaced him, and worked for next four weeks. Despite this, only Goldblatt was credited on the film.
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After Jost Vacano left production, James Glennon was one of the uncredited cinematographers. He responsible for van chase culmination, all Murphy and Boddicker's gang scenes at the steel mill, Robocop close-up shots, news and commercials.
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The news coverage and fake commercials featured in the film combined are over 5 minutes long.
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Steven Berkoff was considered for Dick Jones.
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In this film, Bob Morton, who's portrayed by Miguel Ferrer, doubts the significance of Robocop having a dream. On Twin Peaks (1990), Ferrer's character is again skeptical, but that time works with a colleague who puts great stock in dreams.
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Orion Pictures executives kept trying to interfere with the production while it was still going on.
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The film was shot in a very hot summer in Dallas.
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Paul Verhoeven who directed this movie, also directed Total Recall (1990). The police in Total Recall (2012) are robotic cops. In fact, in that film, a street thug refers to one of the robotic police as "Robo-Dick", a nod to this film.
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This film features several actors connected to Batman. Peter Weller has voiced Batman, Miguel Ferrer was cousin to Batman player George Clooney, Ray Wise voiced Commissioner Gordon, and Dan O'Herlihy appeared on Batman: The Animated Series (1992). The remake featured Michael Keaton and Gary Oldman, who has also played Batman and Gordon, respectively. They also both play roles in the remake, RoboCop (2014).
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Kurtwood Smith later appeared in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) with Christopher Plummer. Plummer shares the roles of Iago and Cyrano de Bergerac with Miguel Ferrer's father, José Ferrer.
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Jonathan Kaplan was asked to direct but chose to make Project X (1987) instead.
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Boddicker's men use a 50-caliber sniper rifle to blow up cars and storefronts on the street during the police strike. Kurtwood Smith and Ray Wise were standing close to the sex shop when it was blown up, and there both ended up quite upset at the size of the explosion, concerned they were in danger. It caused a big fight on the set.
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The Twinkie as a defense for murder refered to in an earlier piece of trivia was mentioned in a cover of I Fought The Law by the 80's punk band the Dead Kennedys, it is also notable that the defense actually worked.
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Spencer Prokop's first cinematic appearance.
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Robert DoQui and Felton Perry who both star in the film played the same character of Obra in the Walking Tall series. Perry played Obra in Walking Tall (1973) and DoQui played Obra in Walking Tall Part II (1975).
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A semi-automatic civilian version of the Sterling SMG, the Sterling Mark 6 Semiautomatic Carbine (recognizable by its 16" barrel, necessary to comply with gun laws in the U.S.) is seen used by the convenience store robber (Mike Moroff). It was imported for commercial sale into the U.S. during the 1980s and banned from import after 1989 (under the so-called Congressional Assault Weapons Ban, which, however, expired in the 2000s). The carbine is fired semiautomatic throughout the robbery.
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The Cobras are actually older-specification Barrett M82 long-range .50 BMG rifles which have been dressed up extra plastic housing over the receivers and fitted with gigantic scopes. (The scopes were originally supposed to show computer-generated targeting information, but this idea was scrapped due to budget constraints.) The Cobra fires some type of powerful high explosive incendiary round that explodes upon impact (judging by the lack of substantial recoil, this is likely some form of low-pressure grenade);
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Included in "The A to Z of Superhero Movies: From Abar to ZsaZsa via the MCU", written by Rob Hill.
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Many cast members have appeared in films based on Stephen King stories. Nancy Allen appeared in Carrie (1976). Paul McCrane appeared in The Shawshank Redemption (1994). And Miguel Ferrer appeared in The Stand (1994), The Night Flier (1997), and The Shining (1997) miniseries. In addition, his niece, Tessa Ferrer, appeared on Mr. Mercedes (2017), including an episode directed by Peter Weller.
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Originally released as an Orion Pictures release. By the 2010s, the (post 1986) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer had acquired multiple existing Film Libraries outright, including the Orion catalogue. This is why the RoboCop remake was now an MGM-Orion Picture, and why the 1987 version of RoboCop was later restored and retro-fitted as an MGM film.
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Dan Ohilery's Old Man character is a major character in this franchise. And yet we never learn what his name is.
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The phone number for the Family Heart Center is 555-4444.
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The second of two times where Ray Wise plays an antagonist and the protagonist is the title character and also a cop. The first time was T.J. Hooker: Hot Property (1984).
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Michael Gregory is the SWAT team leader when the city councilman takes hostages. He previously appeared in Beverly Hills Cop (1984) as the hotel manager who checks in Axel Foley. Both movies have "cop" in the title. Gregory also played one of the Rebel leaders in Paul Verhoeven's next film, Total Recall (1990).
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"T.J. Lazer" sounds like a reference to "T.J. Hooker," a police drama starring William Shatner. Miguel Ferrer appeared with Shatner (though they shared no scenes) in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. Peter Weller appeared in Star Trek: Into Darkness, which again featured Shatner's most famous character, Captain James Kirk.
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Donna Keegan's debut.
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The first film in the RoboCop franchise to be rated R. The second film to be rated R is RoboCop 2 (1990).
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Several companies sued the production for copyright infringement over things that appeared in the video interstitials. One of the companies was named Nukem, claiming infringement on the Nukem board game commercial.
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Released on Donald Sutherland's 52nd birthday.
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The ED-209 robot design was based on a Huey helicopter because it helped play into the script's allegory to the build-up of the military industrial complex leading up to the Vietnam War.
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The name of the Bixby Snyder (S. D. Nemeth) TV show seen in the background (famous for the line "I'll buy that for a dollar!") is It's Not My Problem.
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Darryl Cox (technician #2) & Ronny Cox (Dick Jones) have the same last name: Cox.
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Cameo 

Edward Neumeier: The writer is briefly seen on a photo on the "Wanted" bulletin in the police department, hanging on a non-transparent glass when RoboCop walks behind it. Close inspection of the original prop reveals that the bulletin bears his name as well and that the fictionalized version of Edward Neumeier is charged with fraud and flight to avoid prosecution. Originally, the man catching the LAR Grizzly gun that RoboCop beats out of Leon's hand in the disco was supposed to be his cameo, but he wasn't available at the time of filming.
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Director Cameo 

Paul Verhoeven: wildly gesticulating guy in the dance club immediately after Leon tries to kick RoboCop in the crotch. This remains Verhoeven's only on-screen cameo in his career.
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Director Trademark 

Paul Verhoeven: [in-movie fake commercials] Several fake advertisements are featured throughout the movie: The Family Heart Center (a medical center specializing in artificial heart transplants), Nukem (a futuristic Battleship-like board game), and the 6000 SUX - the primary vehicle that Clarence Boddicker and his gang use. Fake commercials can also be seen in later Verhoeven films such as Total Recall (1990) and Starship Troopers (1997).
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Paul Verhoeven: [ quick zoom-in ] Toward the end of the film, there's a quick zoom-in shot of ED-209 outside of the OCP building. In one of the latter Verhoeven films, Starship Troopers (1997), after a soldier gets killed in a battle scene in front of Johnny Rico, there's a quick zoom-in shot to Rico's face reacting erratically.
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Paul Verhoeven: [nude co-ed locker and shower scene] A nude scene takes place in the co-ed locker and shower rooms, as in RoboCop (1987). In this film, it's military recruits. In RoboCop (1987), it's Detroit police officers.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

For the attempted rape scene, writer Edward Neumeier originally had RoboCop shoot past the victim's cheek, hitting and killing the rapist. While getting ready to shoot the scene as scripted, Paul Verhoeven noticed that Donna Keegan's legs were spread apart, giving him the idea to have RoboCop shoot between her legs and hit the rapist in the genitals. Neumeier loved the idea and that was how the scene was shot.
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The trauma team portrayed in the movie trying to save Murphy was a real hospital trauma team. Their dialogue was mostly ad-libbed.
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While filming Bob Morton's death scene, Miguel Ferrer and Kurtwood Smith began cracking up because while directing the scene, Paul Verhoeven referred to all the actors in-character. This meant he addressed the actresses playing the prostitutes as "bitches".
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The climactic "Melting Man" scene with Emil (Paul McCrane) melting after being soaked in toxic waste was heavily objected to by the MPAA and they demanded to have it removed. However, they eventually backed down when they found out that in most test screenings, the scene elicited the most positive reaction from the test audience such that it was eventually passed without any cuts.
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Originally, Clarence Boddicker was the lone villain in the movie, but the filmmakers decided to capitalize on the political commentary by making Dick Jones (as played by Ronny Cox) the arch-villain pulling the strings. As a result, the two central story lines (RoboCop hunting Boddicker/the politics of OCP) converge into the finale.
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Director Paul Verhoeven initially did not like the screenplay, but was finally won over by his wife's persuasion, when she noticed that underneath all the science fiction, there was a lot of smart satire and a universal story about a man who finally finds his lost identity. When Verhoeven saw the finished film with an audience for the first time, when the Old Man asks for RoboCop's name in the final scene, the audience already started to yell, "Murphy!" before RoboCop got the chance to answer. Verhoeven was touched to learn that he had succeeded in getting that quest for identity to the screen.
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The 'Melting Man' sequence was conceived by special make-up effects designer Rob Bottin as a two-stage effect, with increasing amounts of flesh melting off from Emil's (Paul McCrane) bones in each stage. About three-quarters of McCrane's head and chest were covered in make-up appliances. For the shot where Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith) runs over Emil with his car, a life-size dummy was created with the stage two make-up. The dummy was jointed to give the correct effect of buckling while being hit. The head was always supposed to come off, but the fact that it rolled neatly over the car's windshield was pure luck. For the shot from inside the car that showed Emil's guts splattering over the windshield, the cast and crew had gathered several days' worth of catering leftovers in a pot. This had become a disgusting liquid mess that was subsequently thrown at the windshield to get the desired effect.
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According to director Paul Verhoeven, the nude coed locker/shower room scene was meant to show gender neutrality in the police force in the future. As opposed to having the standard separate locker and shower rooms in accordance with gender, the film depicts men and women sharing locker and shower rooms as if it's perfectly natural. Verhoeven wanted more nudity in the scene but the timing and pacing prevented it. He states, "We tried to introduce gender neutrality into the locker room. But it went by so fast." As a result of the scene lasting for several seconds, a decade later, Verhoeven decided to do a similar scene that lasted for a few minutes in Starship Troopers (1997) to showcase more of the gender neutrality in the government agencies in the future. Interestingly, most of the Starship Troopers (1997) cast and extras were nervous about doing the nude scene. So, Verhoeven and cinematographer Jost Vacano stripped naked to make them more comfortable, which garnered laughs. Verhoeven stated that nudity is not a problem for him and Vacano was raised in a nudist camp. Afterward, the cast and extras found their courage and did the scene with no problem. It's unclear whether Verhoeven achieved the same approach for the extras in this film. Despite the differing time lengths, both scenes presented the possible prospects of gender neutrality in the future in a professional manner.
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In the scene after RoboCop arrests Clarence Boddicker and brings him into the precinct, Kurtwood Smith improvised the line, "Just give me my fucking phone call."
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Director Paul Verhoeven originally wanted RoboCop to kill Clarence Boddicker by stabbing him through the eyeball. Realizing that the censors would balk, he changed his mind and envisioned Clarence having the interface spike shoved through his chin, mouth, and upper jaw. Again, for the sake of placating the censors, he settled on the filmed version, which was also altered slightly (see the "Alternate Versions" section for more information).
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The paramedics attempting to resuscitate Murphy after he is shot up with holes were played by a real trauma team. They were allowed to improvise their lines, and on the DVD commentary, the writers mention how it turned out better than what they ever could have thought up.
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After writing the second draft of the screenplay, writers Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner had two months to rewrite the screenplay with director Paul Verhoeven's input. Verhoeven initially wanted to give the story more realism, and also suggested that Murphy should have an extramarital affair with Anne Lewis. When Miner became sick, Neumeier reluctantly started to work on the alterations, but not before he gave Verhoeven a stack of American comics, so that the director could get a taste of the comic book atmosphere that Neumeier and Miner had been aiming for. Fortunately, Verhoeven enjoyed the comics, and after reading the third draft of the screenplay, he agreed that the second draft (with a few slight modifications) was superior.
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In the infamous 'Melting Man' sequence, Paul McCrane and Ray Wise were kept apart so that the first time Wise's character, Leon sees Emil, McCrane's character, melting like cheese off a pizza was genuinely horrifying. It was the first time that Wise sees McCrane in makeup, ensuring that his look of fear and yell of terror was real. Leon's line, "Don't touch me, man!" was also genuine on the part of Wise's fear of McCrane's monstrously altered appearance.
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Two scenes were story boarded, but never filmed. The drawings are shown on the DVD. The first was a scene where RoboCop visits his grave. The second was a long car chase, an alternate scene that got them to the old steel mill (where Murphy died). This car chase was to be set after RoboCop removed his helmet and had RoboCop and Lewis break up a riot, followed by a shootout with Joe and Emil with the Cobra Assault Cannons. Eventually, they retreated to their cars then the car chase to the old steel mill began. There was also an alternate opening scene, showing Clarence Boddicker wounding the officer who is announced dead later in the movie, but this scene was scrapped as being unnecessary.
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One scene that was scripted, but not featured in the film is a fourth Media Break sequence in which Brixby Snyder, a parody of Benny Hill whose running line is "I'd buy that for a dollar!", is forcibly arrested on allegations of receiving sexual favors from under aged co-stars. The scene would have taken place after RoboCop's reply to the Old Man's question, but the decision was made to instead end the film after Murphy's reply because Director Paul Verhoeven felt the scripted ending was "more of a punch-line than a climax". As a result, there is no dialog mentioning the names of Brixby Snyder or his program "It's Not My Problem" in the film.
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During Murphy's death scene, director Paul Verhoeven's finger can be seen briefly in front of the camera by accident. Rather than re-shoot the scene, it was left in the final film. The cast and crew dubbed it "Verhoeven's cameo". He had another one during the dance club scene later in the movie.
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Body Count: 34
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According to Kevin Page, the scene where his character Kinney is violently shot by ED-209 was trimmed by 2 seconds in order to obtain the R rating. The shots involved him being shot some more as he is lying on the table. Page was actually called back two months after the production wrapped to film this shot that ultimately got removed. However, the full scene was restored in the Director's Cut.
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RoboCop doesn't start recording Clarence Boddicker's admission of working with Dick Jones until after he finishes the statement, "Anything you say will be used in a court of law."
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Joe P. Cox was originally supposed to have a much more gruesome death. In the original script during the climax, he got knocked off a scaffold and was impaled on a pole when he fell, and would then be eaten alive by dogs.
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This was the second time that Kurtwood Smith killed Miguel Ferrer in a movie. The first was in Flashpoint (1984).
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Paul Verhoeven: [religious imagery] Verhoeven has stated that he sees the character as a futuristic version of Christ. The gunshot blast to Murphy's hand somewhat harkens to Jesus' hands being nailed to the cross, the bullet to Murphy's head seen as the Crown of Thorns, and RoboCop is seen walking on water during the final battle at one point. Furthermore, Boddicker's blood at the climax of the film turns the water red, like wine. In another Verhoeven film, Starship Troopers (1997), there's a small but notable example of this. After a serious mistake under his command while at training, Johnny Rico is punished by flogging. Despite the film being released seven years before the latter film, the scene where Rico is flogged bloody is somewhat similar to the scene in The Passion of the Christ (2004), a film about Christ's sacrifice, where Jesus is viciously flogged to the point of Him bleeding heavily.
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When Murphy stabs Boddicker in the throat, he uses the same hand that Boddicker shot off.
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Emil Antonowski's fate was inspired by The Incredible Melting Man (1977).
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Special effects makeup artist Rob Bottin had actually previously worked on The Incredible Melting Man (1977) a decade before this film. Bottin was uncredited as an assistant makeup artist for the former film. He was inspired by his time working with makeup artist Rick Baker on the film by using similar "melting" makeup effects in this film for Emil Antonowski's agonizing erosion during the climactic battle.
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An alternate version of Emil Antonowski's death was filmed. This version is somewhat less gruesome than the theatrical version and was filmed in case the censors didn't accept the theatrical version. As opposed to Boddicker, due to being distracted by Lewis chasing him, accidentally hitting Antonowski's body which causes him to disintegrate into a soupy mess upon impact, this version shows Boddicker seeing Antonowski in time during the chase and swerving around him, and Antonowski simultaneously melts into a puddle of goo. The alternate version of this scene is often used in TV edits of the film. This version of the scene is also similar to the ending of The Incredible Melting Man (1977), which shows Steve West dying by melting into a pile of goo.
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When director Paul Verhoeven fell behind schedule with filming, second unit director Monte Hellman stepped in to film some of the major scenes. These scenes include:
  • The sequence where Murphy and Lewis are chasing a van used by Boddicker and his gang after a robbery, including the moment where one of the gang members, Bobby, lands on the windshield of the cop car. Hellman also shot more dialogue between Murphy and Lewis.
  • The scene where Murphy/RoboCop goes to his old house and the memory vision of Murphy's wife and son, Ellen and Jimmy, waving as the camera retreats.
  • Though a fraction of it made it into the final film, the scenes where Murphy/RoboCop is driving at dusk were shot by Hellman.
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The rapist (William Shockley) who is shot in the groin during RoboCop's first night on patrol is the same actor who plays the rapist in Verhoeven's Phil Brown. Typecasting can be rough.
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Ray Wise actually kept a part of the torn and tattered remains of Leon's clothing (worn for the crane tower explosion) after filming by wrapping it in a plastic bag.
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After accepting the script to direct, Paul Verhoeven stated in a Q&A panel that he asked for a sex scene to be inserted between Robocop and his partner, Lewis. To his utter surprise, despite having no credentials in Hollywood as a director yet, both writers Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner agreed to do so and brought him the altered script with the scene. He rejected the idea afterward and they did too. Such demands were unheard of for a first-time director and would never be accepted.
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Bob Morton tells the Old Man (in a throwaway line) that OCP has restructured the police department to place prime candidates for the RoboCop program in place. This ties to a line by Murphy later on as to why he was transferred.
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The scenes at the abandoned steel factory where Murphy (Weller) gets killed were shot in Pittsburgh. However, by the time the production got to the city, they were already running over budget and over schedule. Rather than shooting the interior scene of Murphy getting killed, they used their allotted time to shoot other things in the surrounding area. When they returned to California, they told Orion Pictures that they only missed one scene. They knew Orion would pay for additional time to shoot it because it was so critical to the script, so the scene was shot in an industrial facility in Long Beach.
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After Murphy dies, the filmmakers wanted the screen to go black and silent for at least 15 seconds. However, executives worried that people would think it was the end of the film (even though this takes place less than a half-hour into the story). The screen ends up going black for about 10 seconds, with silence lasting only 5 seconds.
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The owners of the house where Bob Morton (Miguel Ferrer) is killed were thrilled to have their home shown off in the film, but they didn't like the content of the scene - which includes prostitutes, drug use, and murder. They kept trying to get the production crew to change things on the day of shooting.
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Originally, the two villains of the film (Ronny Cox and Kurtwood Smith) were not in cahoots. Francis Dole from the Orion Story Department had the idea to link them.
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The town hall hostage scene involving Ron Miller and the ending scene involving Dick Jones taking The Old Man hostage mirror one another. In both scenes, both Ron Miller and Dick Jones are threatening the lives of officials and other people. To save any innocent people, Murphy/RoboCop had to ultimately kill Miller and Jones which ends with each man sustaining fatal injuries through force and flying out of the window. And in a meta-example, both scenes involve dummies that represent Miller and Jones, respectively, falling out of the buildings in a weird or comedic fashion.
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When Lewis helps Robocop realign his targeting system at the steel mill she actually corrects it slightly to the left. This would explain why in the final confrontation RoboCop shoots Clarence's henchman Joe first. He's actually aiming at Clarence himself but hits Joe who is standing to his left (the only time he misses in the movie). This may be why he keeps Clarence talking when approaching him to rescue Lewis rather than just shooting him. He's not confident he can strike him from long range.
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Murphy/RoboCop smiles three times during the film. The first time he smiles is when he bonds with Lewis on their first assignment. The second time he smiles is after he blows up ED-209 near the end of the film right before he goes into the OCP building to confront Dick Jones for the last time. And the third time he smiles is at the very end of the film after The Old Man asks him his name and him stating his name.
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Kevin Page (the actor seen as Kinney - who is killed by the ED-209) has a still of the scene with himself and Ronny Cox which became his self-portrait - in real life, an oil painting of this scene (done with a modern take on pointillism) is seen inside Page's art gallery in Dallas, Texas, which opened up in 2012 (at the same time when appearing on the television series Dallas (2012) in a recurring role - he and Brenda Strong (who was in Starship Troopers (1997)) were the only Verhoeven alumni to have appeared in the Dallas continuation series for three seasons). Page has been a professional artist/photographer in the DFW Metroplex since the early 2000s.
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In the scene where ED-209 falls down the stairs while trying to chase and kill Murphy/RoboCop, he ends up landing on his back and squeals in distress. Interestingly, some people stated that they actually felt sorry for ED-209 because he sounded like a wailing baby. Technically and metaphorically speaking, ED-209 is a baby since he was created by OCP a few months earlier.
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This film share several similarities with the comic book film, Spawn (1997). For example:
  • Both films show the main character working for a government agency.
  • Both films show the wrongful, violent, and excruciating death of the main character.
  • Both films show that the main character's death robbed him of his family and normal life.
  • Both films show the main character eventually seeking revenge for his death.
  • Both films show the rampant city corruption that the main character must contend with.
  • Both films show the advancement of technology that serves a huge purpose for the entire story.
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During the scene where Murphy/RoboCop is carrying out his revenge against Boddicker while reading him his Miranda Rights, he is about to strangle him to death until it's averted due to Boddicker's pleading and his program reminding him to uphold the law. In the latter half of the film where the final battle takes place between Murphy/RoboCop and Lewis against Boddicker and his gang at the steel mill, he finally does kill Boddicker by stabbing him in the throat with his bayonet jack. In both cases, Murphy/RoboCop aimed for the throat in terms of killing his killer.
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The Old Man is essentially heroic in part 1, and then evil in part 2, although the former is debatable. When Mr. Kinney is killed by ED-209, the only thing he is worried about is the financial cost of the project's failure.
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Emil Antonowski and Leon Nash are the only members of Clarence Boddicker's gang not directly killed by Robocop. Emil is killed when he is accidentally hit by Clarence Boddicker's car after he drove into a vat of toxic chemicals trying to run down Murphy, which resulted in his body eroding. And Leon is killed when Anne Lewis blows him up with the Cobra Assault Cannon.
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