66 Facts About RoboCop


RoboCop is a 1987 American science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven, with a screenplay by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner.

FactSnippet No. 790,878

Unaware of his former life, RoboCop executes a brutal campaign against crime while coming to terms with the lingering fragments of his humanity.

FactSnippet No. 790,879

RoboCop was a financial success upon its release in July 1987, earning $53.

FactSnippet No. 790,880

RoboCop is programmed with three prime directives: serve the public trust, protect the innocent, and uphold the law.

FactSnippet No. 790,881

RoboCop is assigned to Metro West and hailed by the media for his brutally efficient campaign against crime.

FactSnippet No. 790,882

RoboCop then uses the police database to identify Emil's associates and review Murphy's police record.

FactSnippet No. 790,883

RoboCop recalls further memories while exploring Murphy's former home, his wife and son having moved away following his death.

FactSnippet No. 790,884

Lewis helps RoboCop escape to an abandoned steel mill to repair himself.

FactSnippet No. 790,885

RoboCop confronts Jones at OCP Tower during a board meeting, revealing the truth behind Morton's murder.

FactSnippet No. 790,886

RoboCop was conceived in the early 1980s by Universal Pictures junior story executive and aspiring screenwriter Edward Neumeier.

FactSnippet No. 790,887

RoboCop's work there gave him the idea for RoboCop; he said, "I had this vision of a far-distant, Blade Runner–type world where there was an all-mechanical cop coming to a sense of real human intelligence".

FactSnippet No. 790,888

RoboCop spent the next few nights writing a 40-page outline.

FactSnippet No. 790,889

RoboCop believed that Detroit's declining automobile industry was due to increased bureaucracy.

FactSnippet No. 790,890

RoboCop showed Neumeier and Miner films—including Madigan, Dirty Harry, and Mad Max 2 —to demonstrate the tone he wanted.

FactSnippet No. 790,891

The scene that gained his attention was RoboCop returning to Murphy's abandoned home and experiencing lingering memories of his former life.

FactSnippet No. 790,892

RoboCop was known mainly for television work and had not experienced film success.

FactSnippet No. 790,893

RoboCop's costume was not finished until some time into filming.

FactSnippet No. 790,894

RoboCop struggled to see through the thin helmet visor and interact or grab objects while wearing the gloves.

FactSnippet No. 790,895

RoboCop was influenced by Piet Mondrian's art that featured stark black lines separating colored squares.

FactSnippet No. 790,896

RoboCop initially received the restrictive X rating, meaning the film could be seen only by those over 17.

FactSnippet No. 790,897

RoboCop remarked that his young children laughed at the X-rated cut, and audiences laughed less at the R-rated version.

FactSnippet No. 790,898

RoboCop likened the brutality of Murphy's death to the crucifixion of Jesus, which was an efficient way to gain sympathy for Murphy.

FactSnippet No. 790,899

Verhoeven wanted RoboCop to kill Boddicker by stabbing him in the eye, but it was believed the effort to create the effect would be wasted out of censorship concerns.

FactSnippet No. 790,900

RoboCop researched the Star Wars character C-3PO, looking at its stiff costume, which made movement difficult.

FactSnippet No. 790,901

RoboCop developed around 50 different designs based on feedback from Verhoeven, who pushed for a more machine-like character, finally landing on a sleek aesthetic inspired by the work of Japanese illustrator Hajime Sorayama.

FactSnippet No. 790,902

Scope of the RoboCop costume was unprecedented, and both design and construction exceeded cost and schedule.

FactSnippet No. 790,903

RoboCop's gun, the Auto-9, is a Beretta 93R with an extended barrel and larger grip.

FactSnippet No. 790,904

RoboCop approached the design with modern American aesthetics and corporate design policy that he believed prioritized looks over functionality, including excessive and impractical components.

FactSnippet No. 790,905

RoboCop did not add eyes, opining that they would make ED-209 more sympathetic.

FactSnippet No. 790,906

RoboCop recounted having to crawl out from a 5-story high ledge to get the right shot of the Plaza of the Americas.

FactSnippet No. 790,907

The burnished steel RoboCop logo was developed using special photographic effects that supervisor Peter Kuran based on a black-and-white sketch from Orion.

FactSnippet No. 790,908

RoboCop's vision was created using hundreds of ink lines on acetate composited over existing footage.

FactSnippet No. 790,909

Models and actors in fiberglass RoboCop costumes made appearances in cities throughout North America.

FactSnippet No. 790,910

RoboCop retained the number-one position in its second weekend with an additional gross of $6.

FactSnippet No. 790,911

RoboCop never regained the number one spot but remained in the top ten for six weeks in total.

FactSnippet No. 790,912

RoboCop was one of the summer's surprise successes and contributed to Orion's improving fortunes.

FactSnippet No. 790,913

RoboCop built a distinct, futuristic vision for Detroit, wrote two reviewers, as Blade Runner had done for Los Angeles.

FactSnippet No. 790,914

RoboCop won the Special Achievement for Best Sound Editing at the 60th Academy Awards.

FactSnippet No. 790,915

At the 42nd British Academy Film Awards, RoboCop received two nominations: Best Makeup and Hair for Carla Palmer ; and Best Special Visual Effects for Bottin, Tippett, Kuran, and Gioffre .

FactSnippet No. 790,916

RoboCop was released in S-VHS in 1988, one of the earliest films to adopt the format.

FactSnippet No. 790,917

RoboCop was considered easier to merchandise than other R-rated films.

FactSnippet No. 790,918

Since its release, RoboCop has continued to be merchandised, with collectible action figures, clothing, and crockery.

FactSnippet No. 790,919

Story of RoboCop has been continued in comics, initially by Marvel Comics.

FactSnippet No. 790,920

Miner said that out-of-control crime was a particularly Republican or right-wing fear, but RoboCop puts the blame for drugs and crime on advancing technology and the privatization of public services, such as hospitals, prisons and the police.

FactSnippet No. 790,921

RoboCop focused on OCP's claim that it has private ownership over RoboCop, despite making use of Murphy's corpse.

FactSnippet No. 790,922

The police are deliberately underfunded and the creation of RoboCop is done with the aim of supplanting the police with a more efficient force.

FactSnippet No. 790,923

Susan Jeffords considers RoboCop to be among the many "hard body" films of the decade that portray perfect, strong, masculine physiques who must protect the "soft bodies": the ineffectual and the weak.

FactSnippet No. 790,924

RoboCop portrays strength by eliminating crime and redeeming the city through violence.

FactSnippet No. 790,925

In contrast, Brooks Landon argues that Murphy is dead and, while he recalls memories of Murphy's life, RoboCop is not and can never be Murphy and regain enough of his humanity to rejoin his family.

FactSnippet No. 790,926

Dale Bradley posits that RoboCop is a machine who mistakenly thinks it is Murphy because of its composite parts and only believes it has a human spirit within.

FactSnippet No. 790,927

An alternative view is that RoboCop's personality is a new construct informed partially by fragments of Murphy's own personality.

FactSnippet No. 790,928

Murphy's death is prolonged and violent so that the audience can see RoboCop as imbued with the humanity taken from him by the inhumane actions of Boddicker's gang and OCP.

FactSnippet No. 790,929

RoboCop was affected by his childhood experiences during World War II and the inhuman actions he witnessed.

FactSnippet No. 790,930

RoboCop believed the concept of the immaculate hero died following the war and subsequent heroes had a dark side that they had to overcome.

FactSnippet No. 790,931

RoboCop incorporated Christian mythology into the film: Murphy's brutal death is referred to as the crucifixion of Jesus before his resurrection as RoboCop, an American Jesus who walks on water at the steel mill and wields a handgun.

FactSnippet No. 790,932

The scene of RoboCop returning to Murphy's home is described as like finding the Garden of Eden or a paradise.

FactSnippet No. 790,933

Paul Sammon described the scene of RoboCop shooting bottles of baby food as a symbol of the relationship he and Lewis can never have.

FactSnippet No. 790,934

RoboCop is considered a groundbreaking entry in the science fiction genre.

FactSnippet No. 790,935

RoboCop has stated that many robotics labs use a "Robo-" prefix for projects in reference to the film, and he was hired as a United States Air Force consultant for futuristic concepts directly because of his involvement in RoboCop.

FactSnippet No. 790,936

RoboCop worked with Neumeier on the science fiction film Starship Troopers .

FactSnippet No. 790,937

In 2020, The Guardians Scott Tobias wrote that with hindsight RoboCop formed the beginning of Verhoeven's unofficial science fiction action film trilogy about authoritarian governance, followed by Total Recall and Starship Troopers.

FactSnippet No. 790,938

Previously typecast as moral characters, Cox credited RoboCop with changing his image and—along with the Beverly Hills Cop films—boosting his film career to make him one of the decade's most iconic villains.

FactSnippet No. 790,939

RoboCop appears as a playable character in the fighting game Mortal Kombat 11 .

FactSnippet No. 790,940

RoboCop has been named one of the best science-fiction and action films of all time, and among the best films of the 1980s.

FactSnippet No. 790,941

Filmmakers have spoken of their appreciation for RoboCop or cited it as an inspiration in their own careers, including Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Neill Blomkamp, Leigh Whannell, as well as Ken Russell, who called it the best science fiction film since Fritz Lang's Metropolis .

FactSnippet No. 790,942

RoboCop 3, directed by Fred Dekker, was targeted mainly at younger audiences, who were driving merchandise sales.

FactSnippet No. 790,943