Robocop, American movie (1987)

Those of you who have been following my blog for a while now, know that I am a massive 80’s fan. And if you are a new reader, welcome, and I guess you now know this too. One of the things I really enjoyed in the 80’s were the enormous amount of iconic science fiction movies that were made. It gave us so many great characters, like for instance The Terminator and Predator , that one would almost forget that we are talking about movies that were made more than 30 years ago. But even so, all of these have withstood the test of time very well, and are still highly enjoyable to watch. Another character that stems from that great era is a cop. And we are not talking about an ordinary cop, we are talking about Robocop, the future of law enforcement.

What? He’s just getting some gas for his car, nothing to see here. 

Robocop takes place in the near future in the city of Detroit. It is not the Detroid we know today, but a cesspool of a city, ruled by criminals and where cops are pretty much outnumbered. To get a grip on the criminal elements, the mayor of the city has turned to the powerful mega company Omni Consumer Products, or OCP for short. The vice-president of the company, a man named Dick Jones, has just presented his new tool against crime, a robotic droid called ED-209. Unfortunately the first test of this thing is unsuccessful to put it mildly. Meanwhile a new cop has just arrived at Detroid police headquarters, a man named Alex Murphy. After being introduced to his new partner, the feisty Ann Lewis, the two of them hit the streets. Hot on the trail of a group of criminals led by the ruthless Boddicker, they get caught in an ambush, where Murphy is killed. Not long after this horrible event, OCP introduces their new weapon against crime: Robocop. Soon crime in the city takes a hit, as Robocop begins his mission of justice. But Ann sees an uncanny resemblance to her old partner Murphy in the cyborg. And as succesful as Robocop seems to be, there are some things that even he can’t fight…..

Don’t mean to interrupt, but there is something behind you. 

Robocop is another one of those classic movie characters that I was talking about earlier. Portrayed by actor Peter Weller, he has brought this character to life in a very impressive way. The Robocop suit he wore, was very uncomfortable, and to top things off, the only thing you could see of his face was his mouth. Despite that fact, he still manages to give away a stunning performance, and brings a humanity to his role that most actors can only dream off. The other actor worthy of note is Kurtwood Smith, who most people might know from That 70’s show. Here he plays the role of the evil Clarence Boddicker, a man that you will really grow to hate during this film. And that is all because of the great acting of Smith, as he truly excells in portraying this hated character. Ronny Cox in the role of Dick Jones, and Nancy Allen as Ann Lewis provide great supporting characters. All in all the acting on display only adds to the enjoyment of this movie.

Trust me when I say that you will grow to hate this man. 

Now I am not going to lie to you here, Robocop is a brutal movie. There is some very graphic violence in this film, a trademark in most of director Paul Verhoeven’s movies. It does work in this film however, even though some people might really frown upon it. The story of the film is full of criticism upon the corporate America of the 80’s. One of the ways this is done is through the showing of a couple of hilarious commercials throughout the movie, and a few television newscasts. So besides this working as a great science fiction action movie, it is also a well thought out story, full of small jabs at the American way of life of the 80’s. The special effects for the movie were state of the art at the time, but do look a bit dated now, especially the stop motion scenes involving the ED-209 droid. But this really is a minor issue, as the movie is still well worth the watch.

Imagine showing up to work like this. 

Robocop went on to become part of movie history. It spawned two sequels, an animated and live action tv series, and a remake of the original film. Now the remake was not received very well at the time, but I certainly did not think it was a bad film. I might do a review for that one in the near future. The 1987 version however, is still the best one, and a movie that I highly recommend. Besides great performances, it has a meaningful storyline, and some great action sequences. If you are easily offended by gore and ultraviolence though, I think it is best to avoid seeing this movie. Otherwise there might be trouble, to quote a Robocop phrase.

I give Robocop a 9 out of 10 score.


26 thoughts on “Robocop, American movie (1987)”

  1. I bought this again not so long ago, and it’s still a favourite of mine. You’re right that the stop motion looks a little dated now, but I like the quaintness of that. The theme song gets stuck in my head too.

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    1. Haha, well you are not the only one that has that problem. I finished the film early this morning,abd the theme song has not left my head since that time lol. As for the stop motion, true enough. It is the same with the first Terminator film, but even though it might look a bit dated, it doesn’t detract from the fact that both are still great movies 😊

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    1. Thank you 😊 Yes, it’s a true classic. One of those movies that you pick up from time to time. I had actually seen it quite a while back now, but browsing through the Netflix line up…I just wanted to watch it again (sometimes I just feel nostalgic lol).

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    1. Haha, great story 😀 Yes…little did we know indeed. I had actually forgotten how brutal this one really was. That execution scene with Murphy…whoa. But for some reason the brutality does work in this film. And the Robocop suit is still very impressive 😊


  2. Oh yes, the 80s is such a brilliant decade for sci-fi cinema. Robocop is a classic for sure. So well-made, designed, and acted. Even the violence feels apt and never gratuitous. What I love most is definitely the social commentary, which is still relevant today. The reboot should hang its head in shame for missing the point completely. Fantastic review, as always! 😊

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    1. Thank you again. Your right, the violence just fit the tone of the movie somehow. No other way to explain it. As for the reboot I still didn’t think it was a bad film, but it really did things in a completely different way…and in a much more serious tone. The dark humor featured in the original was what really made it so awesome 😊

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  3. Oh, man, haven’t seen this film in AGES! But it was such an awesome film. I also think the 80s were an amazing time for sci-fi films. While there still are some decent sci-fi creations during modern era, they just don’t have the same feel or atmosphere that 80s sci-fi did. Miss it.

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    1. I really miss it too. And you are spot on with what you are saying, it’s the atmosphere of those movies that they simply can’t recreate in some way. There is an exception to this: and that is the tv series Stranger Things (which you can find on Netflix). If you haven’t checked that one out yet, I highly recommend you watch it. It is pretty much a loveletter to the 80’s and an absolutely anaxing series 😊

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  4. I hate that they remade this. Mainly because it makes me feel old but also because the revised version misses all the humour and attitude of the original.
    It’s not an awful version but it’s just unnecessary… Plus, you really need Peter Weller’s jawline to make the character really come alive!

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    1. Haha…could not agree with you more on Peter Weller. He is awesome in this role, abd the best Robocop period.
      And yes the remake, though not bad, really doesn’t come close to this one. Some classic movies they should just leave alone. This is one of those films 😊


    1. Absolutely true. The fun thing about watching it now after so many years, is that I had pretty much forgotten how violent and brutal this film was (and still is). It’s still a great movie, even after all these years 😊

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  5. Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 Robocop is a master. However, I still love Jose Padilha’s recent remake. I particularly love how he tries to explain his biological makeup and the attempt to explore Robocop’s struggle to balance his new life as ‘Robocop – the future of law enforcement’ with his life as a ‘Alex Murphy – loving husband, caring father and loyal partner’. It was just to sad that the production was troubled and the end product was panned by critics and viewers alike. Anyways I am game for a sequel any time.

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    1. I agree. Even though the remake is not as good as the original (but let’s be honest, it probably never would have been anyway), there were still enough things in it that I enjoyed. As usual, just as what happened with the recent Ghost in the Shell, the movie was not given a fair chance by the critics, and was doomed from the start. A real shame if you ask me, because it certainly was not a bad movie at all.
      Thank you for your comment 😊

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