R | | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.
After writing the second draft of the screenplay, writers Edward Neumeier and 'Michael Miner (I)' had two months to rewrite the screenplay with director 'Paul Verhoeven''s input. Verhoeven initially wanted to give the story more realism, and also suggested that Murphy should have an extramarital affair with Ann Lewis. When Miner became sick, Neumeier reluctantly started to work on the alterations, but not before he gave Verhoeven a stack of American comics, so that the director could get a taste of the comic book atmosphere that Neumeier and Miner had been aiming for. Fortunately, Verhoeven enjoyed the comics, and after reading the third draft of the screenplay, he agreed that the second draft (with a few slight modifications) was superior.
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When Robocop is confronted in the OCP garage, the police commander issues a full assault against Robocop, and then elevates the assault by saying "Move in!". However, an experienced commander would not command his troops to open fire like that, particularly when the target is unarmed and showing no signs of aggression, due to the high risk of ricochets (from either the concrete or Robocop's armour) hitting police officers, .
There are no opening credits save the title "ROBOCOP".
The first cuts appear in the scene where ED-209 goes beserk during the business meeting and shoots one of the young executives. The director's cut last several seconds longer. After the third close-up of ED shooting, there is a quick shot of more blood spilling out of the man and holes being riddled in him just before he is blown onto the model. There is then a couple seconds of footage showing a worker trying to rip the circuit out of the switchboard. The guy is then showed graphically being riddled with even more holes on top of the model. The scene played out in this manner achieves almost ludicrous comic effect.
$8,008,721 (USA) (19 July 1987)