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1980s, Action, Dystopian Future

Robocop

Released 1987 Rating (UK) 18
Source of story An original screenplay
Writer/s script Edward Neumeier, Michael Miner
Director Paul Verhoeven
Starring Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Ronny Cox, Dan OHerlihy
Elevator Pitch In a crime ridden future Detroit policing is taken over by a financially motivated corporation, but their initial attempt to provide robot policing proves problematical. When a policeman is killed in a shootout they initiate an alternative plan using his brain, and Robocop takes to the streets, successfully fighting crime. But will Robocop remember his past, and will he overcome criminal activity within the corporation?
Content A lot of violence of various sorts, particularly in a derelict steel mill (apparently the Kaiser Steel Mill in Fontana). Both before and after the death of the policemen. Discussions in the board room of the corporation and in the laboratory where Robocop is developed. Impressive moments as he deals with the bad guys. Just a bit of nudity in the police changing room – which in this future puts boys and girls together.
A View At the time of writing this is Robocop’s thirtieth anniversary but it is still terrific. The action is supported by a clever script and the themes addressed are relevant today. Good fun, and well worth a watch – in my view of course. There was a Robocop II and a 2014 remake.

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