Robocop

Robocop

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Director: Paul Verhoeven

Cast: Paul Verhoeven, Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Ronny Cox

     
 

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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 isSee more details below

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Greg Kalleres
Shooting its way into theaters in 1987, RoboCop garnered a large following as an action-packed, satirical, and, yes, ultraviolent film about the bleak future of law enforcement in Detroit. A good, honest cop named Murphy (Peter Weller), brutally murdered in the line of duty, finds his body reconstructed into a cybernetic crime-fighting weapon by the evil corporation that runs the police department. But Murphy proves he has ideas of his own, as he seeks revenge on the malicious thugs who savagely killed him. Strewn with high-intensity action and eye-popping stop-motion animation, director Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall) intelligently balances the film with a strong emotional element, as Murphy searches not only for revenge but for his identity. The film is at its best when crossing the story's inherent drama with satirical and often self-reflexive humor. Followed by two sequels, a forgettable TV series, and numerous comic books and novels, RoboCop has earned its place among the premier science-fiction films of the '80s.
All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Dutch director Paul Verhoeven's bloody, glossy B-movie sensibilities first reached a mass audience with this science-fiction vigilante fantasy. The idea of a crime-ridden Detroit of the near future (mostly shot in Dallas), combined with an indestructible android (Peter Weller) and a slew of tech-noir trappings appealed to '80s audiences weaned on Blade Runner, Ronald Reagan, and the idea of American society backsliding into amoral corporate ruin. The casting is sublime: Weller's creepy, Aryan good looks are a perfect match for the role, and he and love interest Nancy Allen seem aware of the script's more preposterous moments. RoboCop's attempts at social commentary and satirical jabs at corporate authority are, like much of the rest of the film, juvenile but effective. Above all else, the film established Verhoeven as a slick, dark director with an uncanny knack for making ludicrous material compelling.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
Most thriller and special-effects movies come right off the assembly line. You can call out every development in advance, and usually be right. RoboCop is a thriller with a difference.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2007
UPC:
0027616091635
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:43:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Weller Alex J. Murphy/Robocop
Nancy Allen Anne Lewis
Ronny Cox Richard Dick Jones
Kurtwood Smith Clarence J. Boddicker
Dan O'Herlihy The Old Man
Robert DoQui Sgt. Reed
Miguel Ferrer Robert Morton
Executive Actor
Ray Wise Leon Nash
Felton Perry Johnson
Paul McCrane Emil Antonowsky
Del Zamora Kaplan
Calvin Jung Minh
Rick Lieberman Walker
Lee de Broux Sal, Drug Dealer
Mark Carlton Miller
Edward Edwards Manson
Michael Gregory Lt. Hedgecock
Fred Hice Bobby
Neil Summers Dougy
Charles Carroll Bail Bondsman
Kevin Page Kinney, OCP marketing executive
Tyrees Allen Starkweather
John Davies Chessman
Sage Parker Tyler
Karen Radcliffe Technician #1
Darryl Cox Technician #2
Jerry Haynes Dr. McNamara
Mike Moroff Hophead
Jo Livingston Grocery Pop
Diane Robin Chandra
Angie Bolling Murphy's Wife
Michael Hunter Peter the Homeowner
Bill Farmer Justin Ballard-Watkins
David Packer Emergency Doctor
Leeza Gibbons Jesse Perkins, TV Newscaster
Mario Machado Casey Wong, TV Newsman
Kim Greist Actor
Jesse D. Goins Joe
Spencer Prokop Gas Station Attendant
S.D. Nemeth Bixby Snyder

Technical Credits
Paul Verhoeven Director
Rob Bottin Score Composer,Special Effects
Craig Davies Special Effects
Jon Davison Executive Producer
Sally Dennison Casting
Stephen J. Lim Associate Producer
Dale Martin Special Effects
Michael Miner Screenwriter
Ed Neumeier Co-producer,Screenwriter
Charles James Newirth Production Manager
Erica Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
Basil Poledouris Score Composer
Peter Ronzani Special Effects
William Sandell Production Designer
Arne Schmidt Producer
Julie Selzer Casting
Gayle Simon Art Director
Phil Tippett Associate Producer
James Tocci Set Decoration/Design
Robert Urioste Editor
Frank J. Urioste Editor
Jost Vacano Cinematographer
Robert Wald Sound/Sound Designer

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