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RoboCop

1987  102 MN


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Paul Verhoeven
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In a violent, near-apocalyptic Detroit, evil corporation Omni Consumer Products wins a contract from the city government to privatize the police force. To test their crime-eradicating cyborgs, the company leads street cop Alex Murphy into an armed confrontation with crime lord Boddicker so they can use his body to support their untested RoboCop prototype. But when RoboCop learns of the company's nefarious plans, he turns on his masters.

 Release Date

July 17, 1987

 Runtime

1h42m (102 min)

 Budget

$ 13,000,000

 Revenue

$ 53,424,681


 Top Billed Cast

 Peter Weller
 RoboCop / Officer Alex J. Murphy
 Nancy Allen
 Officer Anne Lewis
 Ronny Cox
 Dick Jones
 Kurtwood Smith
 Clarence Boddicker
 Miguel Ferrer
 Bob Morton
 Ray Wise
 Leon Nash


 Written by

Edward Neumeier Writer
Michael Miner Writer

 Tagline

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

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 Cast

Peter Weller
  RoboCop / Officer Alex J. Murphy
Nancy Allen
  Officer Anne Lewis
Ronny Cox
  Dick Jones
Kurtwood Smith
  Clarence Boddicker
Miguel Ferrer
  Bob Morton
Ray Wise
  Leon Nash
Felton Perry
  Johnson
Paul McCrane
  Emil Antonowsky
Jesse D. Goins
  Joe Cox
Robert DoQui
  Sgt. Warren Reed
Dan O'Herlihy
  The Old Man
Sage Parker
  Tyler
Stephen Berrier
  Roosevelt
John S. Davies
  Chessman
Tyress Allen
  Starkweather
Kevin Page
  Kinney
Charles Carroll
  Bail Bondsman
Gregory Poudevigne
  Slimey lawyer
Gene Wolande
  Prisoner
Michael Gregory
  Lieutenant Hedgecock
Lee de Broux
  Sal
Rick Lieberman
  Walker
Calvin Jung
  Steve Minh
Del Zamora
  Kaplan
Karen Radcliffe
  Technician #1
Darryl Cox
  Technician #2
Jerry Haynes
  Dr. McNamara
Bill Schockley
  Creep
Donna Keegan
  Rape victim
Mike Moroff
  Hophead
Marjorie Rynearson
  Grocery mom
Jo Livingston
  Grocery pop
Joan Pirkle
  Barbara
Diane Robin
  Chandra
Adrianne Sachs
  Tawney
Maarten Goslins
  Salesman
Angie Bolling
  Murphy's wife
Jason Levine
  Murphy's son
S.D. Nemeth
  Bobby Snyder
Bill Farmer
  Justin Ballard-Watkins
Michael Hunter
  Peter the Homeowner
Spencer Prokop
  Gas station attendant
L.J. King
  Emergency Doctor
David Packer
  Emergency Doctor
Leeza Gibbons
  Jesse Perkins, TV announcer
Mario Machado
  Casey Wong, TV announcer
Laird Stuart
  Cecil the Clerk
Neil Summers
  Dougy
Edward Edwards
  Manson
Freddie Hice
  Bobby
Mark Carlton
  Miller
Yolonda Williams
  Ramirez

 Crew


Jost Vacano
  Director of Photography
Paul Verhoeven
  Director
Frank J. Urioste
  Editor
William Sandell
  Production Design
Robert Gould
  Set Decoration
Erica Edell Phillips
  Costume Design
Edward Neumeier
  Writer
Edward Neumeier
  Co-Producer
Jon Davison
  Executive Producer
Phil Tippett
  Visual Effects
Phil Tippett
  Associate Producer
Basil Poledouris
  Original Music Composer
Arne Schmidt
  Producer
Dale L. Martin
  Special Effects
James E. Tocci
  Set Designer
Stephan Dupuis
  Prosthetic Designer
Charles Newirth
  Production Manager
Sally Dennison
  Casting
Erica Rogalla
  Set Dresser
Florent Retz
  First Assistant Editor
Michael Miner
  Writer
Sol Negrin
  Director of Photography
Julie Selzer
  Casting
Allegra Clegg
  Production Coordinator
David B. Householter
  Second Assistant Director
Russell Towery
  Stunts
Michele Panelli-Venetis
  First Assistant Director
Peter Kuran
  Visual Effects
Tom Villano
  Music Editor
Rob Bottin
  Visual Effects
Rob Bottin
  Makeup Effects
Rob Bottin
  Makeup Effects Designer
Bart Mixon
  Makeup Effects Designer
Frank Ferrara
  Stunts
David A. Whittaker
  Sound Editor
Stephen Hunter Flick
  Sound Editor
Janet Lucas Lawler
  Costumer
Randy E. Moore
  Weapons Master
Randy Fife
  Stunts
Greg Elam
  Stunts
Joe Finnigan
  Stunts
Vickie Creach
  Stunts
Mike Shanks
  Stunts
Jamie Bunch
  Stunts
Jackie Resch
  Stunts
Gary Combs
  Stunt Coordinator
Fred Lackey III
  Hairstylist
Robert Driskell
  Gaffer
Margaret Prentice
  Makeup Effects
Margaret Prentice
  Makeup Effects Designer
Carla Palmer
  Makeup Artist
Joan Thomas
  Costume Supervisor
Donald Flick
  Sound Editor
Avram D. Gold
  Sound Editor
Don Broughton
  Boom Operator
E.W. Bradford
  Construction Coordinator
Carlos Delarios
  Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Michael J. Kohut
  Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Aaron Rochin
  Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Deana Newcomb
  Still Photographer
Alvin Milliken
  Transportation Coordinator
Craig Pointes
  Location Manager
William Purcell
  Special Effects
Bill MacSems
  Property Master
Michael J. Benavente
  Sound Editor
Bundy Chanock
  Set Medic
Bonnie Clevering
  Hairstylist
Gayle Simon
  Art Direction
Jerry G. Henery
  Construction Foreman
Stephen Lim
  Associate Producer
Anette Haellmigk
  First Assistant Camera
John Pospisil
  Sound Editor
James Christopher
  Sound Editor
John Marshall
  Art Direction
Robert Wald
  Sound Mixer
Steve Bartlett
  Sound Designer
Dan Sharp
  Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Rocco Gioffre
  Matte Painter
Dennis W. Milliken
  Transportation Captain
Kerry Rike
  Key Grip


 Quotes

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Your move, creep.
— Robocop

   


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Yes, excellent!
By Jack Anderson on April 29, 2020
 7

A BAD ACTION FILM? NO!
I remember wanting to watch Robocop on TV as a kid and my parents refusing. Did I eventually watch it? I don't recall. But today, in 2020, 33 years after its original release, I finally watched it. To be honest, I expected nothing much from the film, not even sure if I would sit through it. I was sure I would face a very bad action film. To my surprise, the result was totally different.

DIRECTING
The primary reason behind this artistic success is because of the vision from filmmaker Paul Verhoeven. He is not just showing a basic action film, but trying to it with much care and offering a true vision. Robocop is dark, very dark. So dark that when you watch it today, you can only be surprised by how rough it is. And that's good, very good.

STORY
The story itself is what you'd expect from such film. A character that transforms into a super-hero like. But the depiction of that story is done in such a great way that it really gives the film a great and enjoyable aspect.

GORE
Meanwhile, the film is gore, very gore. And done with care and realism. And I loved that.

ACTING
The acting is quite good, nothing much to say. The main character is actually a kind of anti-hero and doesn't have the usual physique you'd expect in such genre.

SPECIAL EFFECTS
Even 33 years later, the special effects are top notch. Of course, the big robot is an animatronics but it works very well and moves in a very surreal way that only good old animatronics can.

SCORE
The score from Basil Poledouris is also excellent, with a a main theme that is very recognizable yet also very dark and hopeful at the same time. I love it.

VERDICT
Yes, I give Robocop 7 out of 10. Excellent.


Gimly

Ahhh, 1987, what a year for cinema. Not the least of which is Paul Verhoeven's incredible feat of practical effects engineering: _RoboCop_. This is one of those older movies where I can totally confirm for you, my love for it is in no way rooted in nostalgia. I didn't watch _RoboCop_ for the first time until 2013, when I was starting up my third decade of life. It's a phenomenal example of the period, but its also a great movie on its own.

_Final rating:★★★★ - Very strong appeal. A personal favourite._


John Chard

They'll fix you. They fix everything.

On his first day out on the streets of Detroit, Officer Murphy is brutally killed by known thug leader, Clarence Boddicker. Scientists at OCP are able to use what remains of Murphy's body and build a new heavily armed cyborg police officer, one that could rid the streets of crime forever.

Paul Verhoeven has been called many things in his career, bonkers, challenging and visionary, here with his first perceived block buster American feature, he showcases all of those things. Robocop on the page (and with its title) looked like your average run of the mill sci-fi shoot them up, with its basic premise not exactly oozing originality either. But Verhoeven had screenwriter's Edward Neumeier & Michael Miner in his corner, and they came up with a superior script to fully realise his vision. That Robocop is a satirical critique of totalitarianism and corporate corruption is now a given. Yet it wasn't at first evident to the summer block buster crowd, but Robocop has stood up well to critical re-examinations and the depth digging that so many have afforded it.

So with the script he wanted in place, Verhoeven utilised his memories from childhood, where his Netherlands home was taken over by a stomping German army, and added in the destruction factor, with no amount of technical expertise as well. Verhoeven paints an unhinged portrait of this Detroit (actual location shoot was parts of Texas), with skew whiff angles and bizarre twists lining the picture, the special effects even today looking tremendous. Robocop is extremely violent, especially in the directors cut that's now widely available, but even during the most wincing scenes, it stays brisk and sparky, and on his side is that his characters are as inhuman as the title protagonist is!. Thus the fusion of berserker sci-fi and human realism sits easy with the viewer, with the result serving notice to what a fine director Verhoeven can be.

Peter Weller dons the Robo suit (enduring agony for weeks on end apparently) and does what is required, and Nancy Allen kicks buttocks as Murphy's partner, Anne Lewis. But it's with the unsavoury characters that Robocop gains its acting kudos. Ronny Cox, Miguel Ferrer and a wickedly vile Kurtwood Smith dominate proceedings, helped immeasurably by the nature of the script. Verhoeven is thought to be a hard character on set, demanding much from all involved, even driving the normally amiable Weller to thoughts of violence against his director. But few, if any of those involved in Robocop can now say the final result wasn't worth it, because between them they made a genre classic. 9/10


JPV852

Seen this several times over the years and still holds up well, story and satire wise, though certainly some of the effects were dated (in particular the death of one character falling out a window). Other than that, an entertaining and bloody 1980s action-thriller, where the sequels and a remake, and certainly the third entry, could not touch. Would like to think the proposed RoboCop Returns will succeed where other failed, but don't hold out much hope. **4.25/5**



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