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R.O.T.O.R. (1987)

Not Rated | | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller | May 1988 (Japan)
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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.


Cullen Blaine


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





Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Trigg Margaret Trigg ... Sony Garren
Richard Gesswein Richard Gesswein ... Barrett Coldyron
Jayne Smith Jayne Smith ... Dr. Coren 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 ... Earl 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


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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Judge, Jury, and Executioner.


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Although dialogue identifies R.O.T.O.R. as a Dallas Police Department project, no actual Dallas police vehicles, buildings or uniformed officers are featured in the film. The end credits give thanks to the police departments of the surrounding communities of Addison, Coppell, Hickory Creek, and Lake Dallas for providing officers, uniforms, and vehicles, and Division Headquarters and the Tactical Operations Lab are private commercial office buildings in the Dallas area. See more »


As Houghtaling and Willard troubleshoot the impulse feed chain, there is a well-lit hallway with a glass partition and a glass-block wall behind them, but when Coldyron later sits at the same computer terminal, there is nothing behind him. See more »


Dr. Steele: Oh God. The brain matrix. It's modeled after your own lower brain functions without the higher functions to control them.
Coldyron: A brain without a heart... a conscience without recognition... a will without a soul.
Dr. Steele: If I miss, you're going to be fighting your own base instincts. To combat pure will, you're going to have to use pure illogic.
Coldyron: What do you mean?
Dr. Steele: You *will* have to allow yourself to fail. Use your failure against him! Your failure is his failure. Your weakness is his weakness. Then, only then, ...
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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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...but it's a TEN on the so-bad-it's funny scale!
11 October 2005 | by myeckSee all my reviews

You've heard the phrase "so bad it's good!" Well, most of the time it isn't true. It's so bad, it's just bad.

But this movie truly IS so bad it's good. The dialog is horrendous and sometimes nonsensical. And they really did try to be clever with it, for instance, there's a scene where the hero is giving a presentation on his robot to some scientists - each scientist's last name, along with the name of the place they work, is the name of a Beach Boy, and the dialog in the scene is full of really labored Beach Boys song references.

Once the robot starts following one woman and she calls the police, none of the decisions made by the hero make any sense at all.

Truly a prize turkey.

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May 1988 (Japan) See more »

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