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R.O.T.O.R. (1987)

Not Rated | | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller | May 1988 (Japan)
Robotic Officer Tactical Operation Research. A prototype robot intended for crime combat escapes from the development lab and goes on a killing rampage.

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Cullen Blaine

Writers:

Cullen Blaine (original story idea), Budd Lewis (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Trigg Margaret Trigg ... Sony
Richard Gesswein Richard Gesswein ... Coldyron
Jayne Smith Jayne Smith ... Dr. Steele
James Cole James Cole ... Greg Hutchins
Stan Moore ... Houghtaling
Nanette Kuczek Nanette Kuczek ... Penny Gayle
Brad Overturf Brad Overturf ... Moulie / Gas Station Cashier / R.O.T.O.R. / Diner Toughguy
Shawn Brown Shawn Brown ... Mokie Killion
Michael Hunter Michael Hunter ... Buglar
Victor Kwasnick Victor Kwasnick ... Grotes (as Victor Kawasnick)
Ron Baker Ron Baker ... Glorioso
Diana Hurd Diana Hurd ... Kipster
Bill Blair ... Statum
Bob Lennard Bob Lennard ... Fisherman
Janiece Stamper Janiece Stamper ... Waitress
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Robotic Officer Tactical Operation Research. A prototype robot intended for crime combat escapes from the development lab and goes on a killing rampage. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1988 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Blue Steel See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The actor who played Shoe Boogie, the jive-talking janitor, is uncredited and his identity has not been verified since the film's release. See more »

Goofs

Sony parks her car next to the light-colored and well-lit wall of the restaurant. When R.O.T.O.R. searches her car, the wall is gone. See more »

Quotes

Shoeboogie: Say baby, slide me them seven digits... The phone number, mama. You got to give up the phone number!
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Crazy Credits

Willard the Robot receives an end credit, although it is unclear who provided his voice. See more »

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References The Pee Wee Herman Show (1981) See more »

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Changing The Channel
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You're on my wavelength and your right!
6 May 2009 | by ZeegradeSee all my reviews

I've seen my share of bad movies and when I read the entertaining reviews of a truly awful film I am amazed that there always seem to be some knucklehead that gives the film a ten rating even though there is no redeeming value whatsoever. The woefully inept Ben & Arthur is a prime example. Now is the time for me to become said knuclehead as R.O.T.O.R. is one of the most entertaining bad movies ever.

Professor/Cop/degreed sci-fi writer Coldyron performed by Richard Gesswein and dubbed with the voice of Loren Bivens (Why? Did he have a British accent?) has created the prototype cop of the inevitably lawless future with the help of man/woman/beast Dr. Steele (Jayne Smith) the only scientist in the world with a skunk mullet. After an accident at the Tactical Operations Lab, which also happens to be the Dallas Hilton, R.O.T.O.R. becomes operational a full twenty five years too early. Somehow he acquires skin and a uniform complete with porn star mustache and desert eagle and begins his tour of duty. When a couple is pulled over for speeding by R.O.T.O.R. he executes the driver causing the passenger Sonya (Margaret Trigg) to flee the scene with the maniacal machine in pursuit. This is the bulk of the movie. Poor Sonya has to drive nonstop for hours on end while Coldyron and Dr. Steele babble in lame pseudo-intellectual speak about how to stop R.O.T.O.R. Lucky for her that it takes at least 5-7 seconds before R.O.T.O.R. can aim and pull the trigger. The ending is even more absurd as R.O.T.O.R. is defeated quite easily with the right combination of car horn and thin rope.

The dialogue is what makes this movie so much fun. There is a scene where Coldyron meets the "L.A. scientists" and the inclusion of Beach Boy references makes the whole thing sound absolutely bizarre. The cast and crew of the Dallas Tactical Operations Lab are a hodgepodge of stereotypical eighties characters, hipster janitor, dorky scientist, and his comic relief sidekick in the form of the annoying Willard the Robot. One quip has Willard asking a female secretary for "those seven digits" which begs to ask what he would do once he had them. The pacing of the story takes some interesting liberties as Coldyron gets a call from his boss and is suddenly fired yet he is still a cop? This scene is followed by an inexplicable montage of Coldyron and his girlfriend going to lunch with the synth-heavy "Hideaway" song. Did they really think that the viewer needed to see this? As bad as this all seems I found myself with a smile on my face as this ended which is the ultimate purpose of this movie, to entertain. Those of you who remember the eighties ought to give this epitome of a good/bad movie a view.


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