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RoboCop (1987)

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Synopsis

Paul Verhoeven's American breakthrough film, Robocop, is an exceedingly violent blend of black comedy, science fiction, and crime thriller. Set in Detroit sometime in the near future, the film is about a policeman (Peter Weller) killed in the line of duty whom the department decides to resurrect as a half-human, half-robot supercop. The RoboCop is indestructible, and within a matter of weeks he has removed crime from the streets of Detroit. However, his human side is tortured by his past, and he wants revenge on the thugs who killed him. The film was later followed by two feature-length sequels and a live-action television series, neither of which were as successful as the original film.~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Movie Guide

Cast

  • Peter Weller
  • Nancy Allen
  • Dan O'Herlihy
  • Ronny Cox
  • Kurtwood Smith
  • Miguel Ferrer
  • Robert DoQui
  • Ray Wise
  • Felton Perry
  • Paul McCrane

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Trivia

  • For a while, Michael Ironside was attached to the role of RoboCop, but they had to give up on the idea when they realized that the actor would have to have a much smaller frame to fit into the costume envisaged.
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Goofs

  • All RoboCop POV shots at night show the shadow of the camera light.
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Quotes

    • [to Lewis]
    • Joe Cox: Mind if I... zip this up?
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Metacritic

75

Robocop is a thriller with a difference.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
75

Though Robocop is too well-crafted to be entirely loathsome, it's at best an amoral goof. Yet like the comparably silly Lethal Weapon, it cynically pushes all the right action-audience buttons. Better duck - here comes a monster hit. [17 Jul 1987]

Metacritic review by Mike Clark
Mike Clark
USA Today