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RoboCop (1987)

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In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.

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Paul Verhoeven
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Weller ... Murphy / RoboCop
Nancy Allen ... Lewis
Dan O'Herlihy ... The Old Man (as Daniel O'Herlihy)
Ronny Cox ... Jones
Kurtwood Smith ... Clarence
Miguel Ferrer ... Morton
Robert DoQui ... Sgt. Reed
Ray Wise ... Leon
Felton Perry ... Johnson
Paul McCrane ... Emil
Jesse D. Goins ... Joe (as Jesse Goins)
Del Zamora ... Kaplan
Calvin Jung ... Minh
Rick Lieberman Rick Lieberman ... Walker
Lee de Broux ... Sal (as Lee DeBroux)
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Storyline

Detroit - in the future - is crime-ridden and run by a massive company. The company has developed a huge crime-fighting robot, which unfortunately develops a rather dangerous glitch. The company sees a way to get back in favor with the public when policeman Alex Murphy is killed by a street gang. Murphy's body is reconstructed within a steel shell and called RoboCop. RoboCop is very successful against criminals and becomes a target of supervillian Boddicker. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com> / edited by statmanjeff

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Taglines:

Part man. Part machine. All cop. The future of law enforcement.


Certificate:

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Trivia

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, They also both play roles in the Robocop Remake (2014) See more »

Goofs

Murphy's residence is listed as 548 Primrose, but when RoboCop goes to the house and reads the street sign right next to it, we see that he's in the 3000 block. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
News Crew: This is Media Break. You give us 3 minutes, and we'll give you the world.
Casey Wong: Good morning. I'm Casey Wong, with Jess Perkins. Top story: Pretoria. The threat of nuclear confrontation in South Africa escalated today when the ruling white military government of that besieged city-state unveiled a French-made neutron bomb and affirmed its willingness to use the 3 megaton device as the city's last line of defense.
Jesse Perkins: And the President's first press conference from the Star Wars orbiting ...
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Crazy Credits

The standard copyright notice at the end of the film includes a warning that "This motion picture is protected under the laws of the United States and other countries and its unauthorized duplication, distribution or exhibition may result in civil liability and criminal prosecution by enforcement droids." See more »

Alternate Versions

In 1995, The Criterion Collection premiered the 'unrated' edition of RoboCop on LaserDisc. The 1987 theatrical release was cut in several scenes to attain an R-rating, and this unrated version restored that footage. The unrated version has subsequently been used for many of the film's DVD and Blu-Ray releases. The first cuts appear in the scene where ED-209 goes berserk and shoots Kinney during the meeting. In the director's cut there is another frontal shot of Kinney getting riddled with bullets at the start of the scene. When Kinney collapses onto the model of Delta City, there are extra shots of him being bloodily hit with more bullets, as well as the ED-209 technicians struggling to rip wiring out of the circuit board. Restoring this footage makes the scene much more darkly comical. During the car chase, when Clarence's henchman Bobby is shot in the leg, the R-rated version shows a long shot, while the unrated has a gruesome close-up of Bobby's leg being shot. Murphy's death is almost a minute longer in the unrated version. After his hand is blown off, Murphy looks in horror at the stump, before Clarence's gang blows off his entire arm with gunfire. The subsequent part with him being riddled with bullets is much longer as well. An elaborate tracking shot is used only in the unrated that shows the back of Murphy's head exploding into the camera when he is finally shot by Clarence. This shot made use of a fully-mechanical prosthetic Murphy built by make-up special effect artist Rob Bottin. The overhead shot of Lewis kneeling beside Murphy's body at the end of the scene is also exclusive to the unrated version. Clarence Boddicker's death is shown in different shots depending on the version. The R-rated shows a long shot of him staggering away immediately after being stabbed, while the unrated shows a tight close-up. See more »

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Show Me Your Spine
Music by P.T.P.
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I'd buy this for a dollar!
27 August 2002 | by Aidan McGuinnessSee all my reviews

I've got the music for this movie humming in my head as I type the review. Maybe it's the effect of the movie, or the computer-game based on the movie, I'm not quite sure. Either way it's put me in a more agreeable mood towards this picture.

In the future-world of `Robocop', crime is running wild. The OCP, the police of Detroit, try desperately to fight against it but it's a losing battle. When Officer Murphy is brutally gunned down by a bunch of thugs they see an opportunity to test a new technology. Infusing the body with cyber-technology they create the ultimate crime-fighting machine - the synthetic Robocop. Robocop is out to fight crime. but finds that the fight may take him places he never thought of, including inside his past that he thought erased.

Acting? It's actually above average for a sci-fi flick. Peter Weller is mostly stoic and chisel-jawed here, as he should be seeing as how he's a robot. However the emotion underneath is shown in the glimpse of the eyes, the almost too-determined posture. It's subtle but it works. Those playing the villains have the real fun. They seem to have delight in playing utter pieces of scum, camping it up in a delightfully menacing fashion that's a joy to see.

Speaking of camp. this movie has a great comic-book feel to it. Paul Verhoeven, and the script, have their tongue lodged firmly in their cheek as they make this movie into a satire about the way our vales are changing. The over-the-top violence of the future is reflected in a blackly humorous style by contrasting it against fake-news and ad-snippets. The sheer amount of bullets flying is too much to take in and so you are reduced to incredulity and smiles rather than horror. This is intentional, a saturation of the sensibilities. Without it the movie could feel very bleak. With it there's the feeling of adventure, and an ironic acknowledgement of our own blood-lust in movies. The tone melds with the viewer very well and makes the movie appear more intelligent than it actually probably is, which is something to be said in the IQ of 0 sci-fi culture we're often in.

There's enough action throughout this movie that you're never left bored. The villains have about as much dimension as a dot, but Robocop himself has enough character to have merited the concept of a franchise (even if the follow-ups failed to live up the series' potential). It's a very entertaining piece which is told in a manner that's quite amusing. Worthy of a watch, just don't accept to be blown away. 7/10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robocop: The Future of Law Enforcement See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,008,721, 19 July 1987

Gross USA:

$53,424,681

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$53,424,681
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Orion Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| DTS (special edition)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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