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R.O.T.O.R. (1987)

Robotic Officer Tactical Operation Research. A prototype robot intended for crime combat escapes from the development lab and goes on a killing rampage.

Director:

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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Storyline

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.


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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

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 »

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

Dr. Steele: When I stack 'em, they stay stacked.
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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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Referenced in Best of the Worst: Wheel of the Worst #13 (2016) See more »

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What You Do To Me
Written and Performed by Randy E. Moore
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A lot better than '2001: A Space Odyssey'
4 October 2005 | by marksmethurstSee all my reviews

This motion picture is one of a handful of truly great Science Fiction features.

It is certainly on a par with, if not slightly better than, Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey'.

This film has a brain and a heart. So rare these days.

The action scenes were way ahead of their time. You can see where the Wachowski Brothers got their inspiration for their 'Matrix' trilogy.

I think this tender and moving religious parable concerns itself with the delicate balance between man and machine.

It asks the audience to meditate on the nature of the soul, on the pain of human consciousness and the heavy weight that human emotions can carry.

It is about love & pain. Hardware, software and an acute study of dystopian paranoia.

It's a tale as timeless as 'The Lord Of The Rings' or 'Indiana Jones'.

It is about life and death and dreams.

But ultimately it asks the most important question of all - "Is there a God ?"

In this respect is film is much better than the similarly themed 'The Terminator' (1984. Dir; James Cameron) I cried when I saw this movie in the former Yugoslavia on New Year's Day, 1990.

And I wasn't the only soldier to break down. There was a lot of emotion in that rustic farmhouse that evening. We talked for hours afterwards. there was so much to discuss.

I distinctly remember our Commanding Officer's face - streamed with tears but smiling.

"Now, it's all so clear" he whispered, his body racked with cathartic sobs, "Now I know what WAR is all about!...."

He left the British Army after seeing this film. Some say he does voluntary work in Iraq now.

Don't take these reviews, both positive and negative, as your guide. Make your own mind up. Take a risk and make the bold decision to seek out a VHS copy of 'R.O.T.O.R'. All the answers to life's complex questions are hidden in this remarkable piece of celluloid gold. But one must stick at it. This is no 'no-brainer' experience ! It took at least 6 separate viewing & discussion sessions before I truly mined the rich resources of this multi-layered epic.

In the meantime I will continue to lobby for this film to be released on DVD.


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