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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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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:

| (cut) | (cut) | (unrated director's cut) | (cut)

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was submitted to the MPAA 12 times before securing an R rating. See more »

Goofs

When the ER staff is intubating Murphy, his mouth is barely open when they insert the the tube. A person's mouth has to be fully open so that the doctor can see down the throat and see the patient's vocal cords in order to make sure that the tube enters the lungs. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits save the title "ROBOCOP". See more »

Alternate Versions

Finnish video release removes 10' 48" of footage. The scene where Ed-209 shoots Kinney to bits is shortened (every shot of Kinney being riddled with bullets are no more). 2. In the chase, the cops pulling aside to re-load, and the gang picking up the wounded Bobby, and throwing him at the police car's windshield, and the cops tossing the dead Bobby on the road, has been removed entirely (about 35 seconds cut in a row). 3. Clarence Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith) saying Ne-NE-NE-NE.. before he blasts Murphy's palm to kingdom come (too sadistic, kids!) is shortened. 4. Boddicker blasting Murphy's palm to kingdom come. 5. The scene where the gang blast Murphy's body to shreds is very heavily shortened and re-edited (the brief aftermath of Murphy's palm-amputation is cut, Murphy crawling away from the sadistically laughing gang is no more, every shot of Murphy being riddled with bullets is cut out, the gang running out of bullets is trimmed, and the soundtrack is altered too). 6. The climax of Murphy's death, where Boddicker shoots Murphy's head (the gang leaving the spot is shortened too). 7. The whole final 55 seconds of Murphy's CPR (and flashbacks as well) are deleted. The first brief views of the Roboocp P.O.V. have also gone. 8. The whole "rape"-scene is deleted. 9. Shots of Bob Morton and two whores sniffing cocaine is no more (along with a bunch of funny dialogue). 10. The scene where Boddicker shoots Morton's legs is reduced (only one shot is left intact). 11. The shooting in the drug factory is heavily shortened; every shot of Robocop shooting thugs has been deleted. 12. Robocop strangling Boddicker, and Boddicker telling him that Dick Jones is behind the crimes (almost all of this is shown later on a small screen in Robocop's P.O.V. recordings). 13. Clarence blowing his gang buddy's car away, and he and his gang blowing cars away with their Cobra-guns. 14. All shots of the deformed Emil are deleted (also almost all material of Lewis chasing Boddicker with her car [which is inter cut with the deformed Emil footage], and Boddicker running over Emil with his car are no more). 15. The scene where the no-more-Mr-nice-guy Boddicker shoots Lewis is briefly reduced. 16. Boddicker pushing a crowbar to Robocop's chest and Robo yelling (along with the line Sayonara, Robocop). 17. All shots of Boddicker bleeding from the neck are deleted. 18. The scene where Robocop shoots Dick Jones is shortened. See more »

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Soundtracks

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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