Robocop: Your More, Creep - trivia

16 March 2023

"RoboCop" is a science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and released in 1987. The film is set in a dystopian future Detroit, where crime is rampant, and the police force is ineffective in stopping it.
The movie follows the story of Alex Murphy, a police officer who is brutally killed by a group of criminals while on duty. His remains are then used by a corporation, Omni Consumer Products (OCP), to create a cyborg police officer called "RoboCop" as part of their new law enforcement program.

As RoboCop, Alex is able to fight crime effectively, but he also begins to regain some of his human memories and emotions. He eventually learns about the circumstances of his death and seeks revenge on the criminals responsible.

Your move, creep!
The film was a critical and commercial success upon its release, praised for its satirical take on American consumerism, violence, and corporate greed. The movie's themes and violent content were controversial at the time of release, and the film was initially given an X rating by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) before being edited down to an R rating,

"RoboCop" has since become a cult classic and has inspired numerous sequels, spin-offs, and adaptations in various forms of media. The movie has also been praised for its groundbreaking special effects and costume design, which helped to create a realistic and iconic depiction of a cyborg police officer.=

The film's screenplay was written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner, who were inspired by their experiences of working on a low-budget film about a robot. The duo's initial concept for "RoboCop" was a satirical take on the concept of a robotic cop, exploring how a robot police officer would fit into society and how humans would react to it. However, the screenplay evolved over time, becoming more of an action-packed thriller with satirical elements.

robocop film poster

The role of RoboCop was played by actor Peter Weller, who underwent extensive training and preparation for the role. Weller spent several months working with a mime coach to develop the robot's movements, and he also wore a heavy, uncomfortable costume that weighed around 80 pounds. Despite the challenges of the role, Weller's performance was widely praised for its robotic stiffness and occasional flashes of humanity.

The film's supporting cast included actors such as Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, and Ronny Cox. Allen played Anne Lewis, a fellow police officer who becomes RoboCop's ally and confidante. O'Herlihy played the CEO of OCP, who is more interested in profit than in creating a functional law enforcement system. Cox played Dick Jones, a corrupt executive at OCP who is secretly working with the film's main antagonist, a ruthless criminal named Clarence Boddicker.

anne lewis robocop
Nancy Ellen as Anne Lewis

"RoboCop" was notable for its groundbreaking special effects, which blended practical effects and stop-motion animation to create a convincing and realistic portrayal of a cyborg police officer. The film's director, Paul Verhoeven, was known for his attention to detail and his willingness to push the boundaries of violence and sexuality in his films. "RoboCop" was no exception, featuring graphic violence and some controversial scenes that were edited or removed in some versions of the film.

In addition to its themes of corporate greed and consumerism, "RoboCop" also explored the concept of identity and what it means to be human. The film's portrayal of RoboCop as a cyborg struggling to regain his humanity and connect with his past self resonated with audiences, and the character became an iconic figure in pop culture.

The film's success led to a sequel, "RoboCop 2," which was released in 1990. The sequel was directed by Irvin Kershner (The Empire Strikes Back) and featured a script by Frank Miller, who was known for his work on graphic novels such as "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns." While "RoboCop 2" received mixed reviews, it was still a commercial success and led to a third film, "RoboCop 3," which was released in 1993.

The "RoboCop" franchise has also spawned several television series, comic books, and video games. The character has remained popular over the years, and a remake of the original film was released in 2014, although it was not as well-received as the original.

I'll buy that for a dollar!

Here's some cool trivia about the Robocop film:

  1. The initial screenplay for the film was rejected by several studios before Orion Pictures eventually greenlit it.
  2. The film's budget was $13 million, which was considered a moderate amount for a science fiction film at the time.
  3. The production crew used a decommissioned Ford Taurus police car as the basis for RoboCop's vehicle.
  4. The design of RoboCop's suit was inspired by a combination of medieval armor and motorcycle gear.
  5. The film was shot on location in Dallas, Texas, and Detroit, Michigan.
  6. The infamous scene where RoboCop shoots off Clarence Boddicker's hand was shot using a prosthetic hand filled with explosives.
  7. The scene where RoboCop and ED-209 face off in the boardroom was shot using miniature models and stop-motion animation.
  8. The film's director, Paul Verhoeven, did not speak English fluently at the time of production and relied on a translator to communicate with the cast and crew.
  9. The name "RoboCop" was suggested by the film's executive producer, Jon Davison.
  10. The film's script went through several revisions before it was finalized, including a version where RoboCop was originally a robot controlled by a human.
  11. The film's soundtrack was composed by Basil Poledouris, who also composed the score for "Conan the Barbarian" and "The Hunt for Red October."
  12. The film's title was changed from "RoboCop: The Future of Law Enforcement" to simply "RoboCop" after test audiences responded more positively to the simpler title.
  13. The scene where RoboCop first appears on the streets of Detroit was shot using a camera mounted on a crane.
  14. The scene where RoboCop is shown eating baby food was a nod to the fact that Peter Weller was on a liquid diet during filming due to the restrictive nature of the RoboCop suit.
  15. The film's iconic poster, featuring RoboCop holding a gun and the tagline "Part man. Part machine. All cop." was designed by comic book artist Mike Zeck.
  16. The character of Clarence Boddicker was originally written as a neo-Nazi, but this was changed to make him a more generic criminal.
  17. The film's production crew used actual footage of the decaying city of Detroit to create a realistic portrayal of the film's dystopian setting.
  18. The scene where RoboCop is shown walking through a shooting range was shot in a real shooting range using live ammunition.
  19. One of the film's most iconic scenes, in which a criminal gang attacks and kills Alex Murphy, was originally meant to be even more violent. The scene was filmed with a large squib attached to actor Peter Weller's chest, which exploded with fake blood when he was shot. However, the effect was deemed too graphic, and the final version of the scene shows Murphy being shot repeatedly without any visible wounds.
  20. The original cut of the film was more than three hours long, but it was eventually edited down to a more manageable length.
  21. One of the film's most memorable lines, "I'd buy that for a dollar," was originally just a throwaway joke that was meant to be a nod to a popular catchphrase from "Laugh-In." However, the line became so popular that it has since become synonymous with the film.
  22. The character of Clarence Boddicker, the film's main antagonist, was originally meant to be played by musician Iggy Pop, but the role eventually went to actor Kurtwood Smith.

Overall, "RoboCop" is a classic science fiction film that explored complex themes and featured groundbreaking special effects. The film's satirical take on consumerism and corporate greed still resonates with audiences today, and the character of RoboCop remains an iconic figure in pop culture.


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