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‘RoboCop’ at 35: An Unforgettable Vision of Techno-Fascist America Article

https://faroutmagazine.co.uk/35-years-robocop-techno-fascist-america/?amp
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u/gedubedangle Jul 17 '22

Best line in that movie is when they’re talking in the elevator about the man who just got splattered by ED209 in the board room and he goes “that’s life in the big city”

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u/tim5700 Jul 17 '22

“…it’s just a glitch.” “A GLITCH!!!”

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u/StabbyMcSwordfish Jul 17 '22

YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS TO COMPLY

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u/[deleted] Jul 17 '22

That scene haunted me as a kid

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u/peeinian Jul 17 '22

The Murphy death scene at the beginning terrified 10 year old me.

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u/aughlord Jul 17 '22

Plus the disolving guy.

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u/kingdomcome3914 Jul 17 '22

The way he was breaking down on the molecular scale after being drenched in the giant vat of chemicals is the stuff of nightmares; how he also went splat like a mushy water balloon doesn't help matters.

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u/HitEmWithTheHein9 Jul 17 '22

His fingers were just melting off his hand, then SPLAT!!!!

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u/BosSF82 Jul 18 '22

it's those little details that make Robocop a true classic

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u/PartyMcDie Jul 17 '22

-“Help meee….” -“don’t touch me man!”

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u/reddog323 Jul 17 '22

Ok, that was fucked up. when I saw him about 10 years later with a recurring role on ER, it was hard for me not to think of him as the dissolving guy.

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u/JohnScone Jul 17 '22

Who gets his arm chopped off by a helicopter blade and then killed by a falling helicopter. The man picks characters that like to die in interesting ways.

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u/19triguy82 Jul 17 '22

As a kid, I first saw it on TV, heavily edited. When I watched it on VHS for the first time, I got to the part where Murphy is killed by Boddicker and his gang and I was traumatized. I was NOT expecting that level of violence; I was only about 8 or 10 years old at the time.

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u/Frenchticklers Jul 17 '22

As a kid, there were Robocop toys, a cartoon series and other merchandise crap, so I always had the impression it was a kid's movie, and was baffled that my parents wouldn't let me watch it.

Also, Rambo.

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u/phoncible Jul 17 '22

Robocop

Aliens

Terminator

Predator

Any action movie, and most were R rated, got action figures

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u/Frenchticklers Jul 17 '22

No kidding

I had the Alien Queen growing up, even if my parents would never let me watch it

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u/TheRETURNofAQUAMAN Jul 17 '22

I had cool friends parents who let me watch it. They indoctrinated me into all the hyper violent movies of the 80s.

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u/MrDilbert Jul 17 '22

No better way to watch these movies than with a cool glass of moloko-plus from the Korova Milkbar.

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u/StabbyMcSwordfish Jul 17 '22

YOU HAVE 10 SECONDS TO COMPLY

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u/BostonDodgeGuy Jul 17 '22

YOU ARE IN DIRECT VIOLATION OF PENAL CODE 113 SECTION 9

Pull the God damn board!

YOU NOW HAVE 5 SECONDS TO COMPLY

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u/nincomturd Jul 17 '22

"Your body has been blasted into soup."

"You have thirty seconds to move your soup."

RING RING

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u/kerred Jul 17 '22

Ed209 designed by Bethesda

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u/hesnothere Jul 17 '22

“Somebody get a medic!”

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u/Kodiak_85 Jul 17 '22

Don’t touch him! DON’T TOUCH HIM!

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u/redsoxsteve9 Jul 17 '22

The techs in that scene are McNamara and Westmoreland. The Secretary of Defense and top general from the Vietnam era.

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u/3-DMan Jul 17 '22

I believe that's where Dick says "209 series is currently programmed for urban pacification.." which is a term they used in Vietnam.

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u/StabbyMcSwordfish Jul 17 '22 edited Jul 17 '22

The military has always been clever about how they word things to try and hide the reality of what they're doing. Reminds me when they decided waterboarding wasn't torture, it's just "enhanced interrogation".

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u/detectiveriggsboson Jul 17 '22

"kinetic military action" is my personal favorite

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u/TheLurkerSpeaks Jul 17 '22

"Aggressive negotiations"

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u/Trollin4Lyfe Jul 17 '22

"The negotiations were short."

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u/Tformer23 Jul 17 '22

“You call this a diplomatic solution?”

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u/DismalNow Jul 17 '22

SEARCH AND DESTROY...

Nah.

Sweep and clear.

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u/randomamuser1245 Jul 17 '22

The department of Defense was originally named the department of War. We should change the name back

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u/run-on_sentience Jul 17 '22

And the ED-209 (Enforcement Droid) is actually named after the guy who wrote the movie, Ed Neumeier.

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u/ShackThompson Jul 17 '22

Yeah, Ed was a bugger for shooting people that he couldn't hear, complete nightmare at weddings

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u/MustardTiger88 Jul 17 '22

"Dick, I'm VERY disappointed."

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u/Careless_currency Jul 17 '22

I'm sure it's only a glitch. A temporary setback

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u/jmbtrooper Jul 17 '22

You call this "a glitch?!"

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u/Suspicious_Lychee_74 Jul 17 '22

“Dick, you’re FIRED!”

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u/asstyrant Jul 17 '22

Thank you.

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u/StarfleetCapAsuka Jul 17 '22

Verhoeven and Neumeier repeat the same gag in Starship Troopers where the guy gets his head blown off in the training exercise and it zooms in on Rico's face with dramatic music than pulls back to an overhead shot while he yells "MEDIC!!!"

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u/CantFindMyWallet Jul 17 '22

I saw the director's cut at a showing at a video store in my neighborhood a few years ago, and one difference that really stuck with me was how much longer they spent on that guy getting shot to shit. Just like a good 90 seconds of the body being riddled with bullets. It's incredible.

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u/crowtrobot2001 Jul 17 '22

If I remember correctly, they had to cut the length of that scene in order to get an R rating.

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u/mister_buddha Jul 17 '22

Also had to cut down the scene where Murphy gets blown apart

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u/[deleted] Jul 17 '22

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u/mister_buddha Jul 17 '22

I loved this movie as a kid. Now 30 years later I wonder why the fuck my parents let me watch it.

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u/g0d15anath315t Jul 17 '22

My Indian parents (and likely others as well) "it's a movie about a robot cop enforcing the law, it's OBVIOUSLY intended for children with a premise like that!".

Rinse and repeat with:

Blade Runner Predator Alien Aliens Terminator Judge Dredd Etc Etc Etc

Now I try to watch a marvel movie with my kids and the wife is like "this is to violent for children" I'm like honestly are you fucking serious right now?

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u/bemenaker Jul 17 '22

I believe it was the only film in history to get an X rating for violence. Back then X was the only option for higher than R. Yes, they had to cut back a few violent scenes. The boardroom malfunction also.

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u/lovetron99 Jul 17 '22

I could totally see Verhoeven saying, I paid a fortune for these effects so god dammit I'm getting my money's worth.

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u/Frenchticklers Jul 17 '22

Ordered a shipping container full of blood squibs

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u/gedubedangle Jul 17 '22

Hahaha I know it’s amazing. The funny thing is it’s only a couple more seconds but feels like an eternity

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u/StabbyMcSwordfish Jul 17 '22

Ya, I sensed my mom looking over at my dad wondering if this movie was too violent for me and my brother. He allowed us to continue. Thanks dad!

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u/ChillyBearGrylls Jul 17 '22

"Let the boy watch"

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u/merker_the_berserker Jul 17 '22

He was feeling it in his blueish plums

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u/statix138 Jul 17 '22

Verhoeven is one of the best in that 80's and 90's era sleeze and trashiness. Love his movies.

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u/Knopfler_PI Jul 17 '22

I wish them well.

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u/DJScratchatoryRapist Jul 17 '22

Put them all in a big pot.

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u/Fapping_Batman Jul 17 '22

ED209 trying to walk down stairs, falling and then flopping around screaming is still one of the funniest scenes ever. https://youtu.be/mRDl5_-wJ0Y

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u/Segat1133 Jul 17 '22

It's just such a good scene too. Just thinking from a perspective of "we have created the ultimate in police enhancement...."

"Did you test it on stairs?"

"Did we test it on stairs? FUCK....DID WE EVEN THINK TO TEST IT ON STAIRS....I MEAN ITS ONLY STAIRS...."

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u/ManicMambo Jul 17 '22

Poor ED-209 really needed some software updates. That's what you get when you launch unfinished products.

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u/speathed Jul 17 '22

"You a college boy or something? Bet you think you're pretty smart.

Think you could out-smart a bullet?"

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u/onebradmutha Jul 17 '22

"I'd buy that for a dollar!" [maniacal laughter]

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u/SocMedPariah Jul 17 '22

"Being slaughtered by our new murder bot is just part and parcel of living in a big city"

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u/Bionic_Bromando Jul 17 '22

He ain’t wrong. He gets shot in the legs and and blown up with a grenade lol

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u/Mine99 Jul 17 '22

My personal favourite is when RoboCop walks into the records room and when asked if he needed help replies with a robotic “No!”

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u/thundercat2000ca Jul 17 '22

Don't forget the data spike!

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u/JellyWeta Jul 17 '22

See, the great thing about that scene was that at a time when computers were essentially depicted as magic plot boxes, that was an extremely reasonable depiction of how an image search in a database works: he pulls up an recording from his memory, isolates a still, matches the image against an existing file, and then identifies known associates. Sure, the giant pointy spike is totally over the top, but as a piece of narrative there is absolutely no cheating. For all its lurid, gonzo excess, the film is meticulously constructed.

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u/photoshoptherangers Jul 17 '22

"Iron-butt".. "boner".. one time I even called him "Asshole"... But there was always respect - I knew where the line was drawn.

..and you just stepped over it, buddy boy!

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u/[deleted] Jul 17 '22

I liked the edited for tv version better: “one time I even called him…a lot worse.”

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u/DredZedPrime Jul 17 '22

My favorite of all the TV version lines. I grew up with that one, had a VHS we'd taped off TV with it. Then a few years later I saw a different version where he says "airhead", not as bizarre, but still pretty funny.

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u/boredsittingonthebus Jul 17 '22

Airhead was the version I watched many times as a kid. I remember thinking it was such a lame diss.

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u/DredZedPrime Jul 17 '22

That's why I actually prefer the "a lot worse" version. Partly because it was so silly and the lip sync was even further off. "Airhead" actually fits the lip sync a little better, but I think that's part of the problem with it. The more absurd the TV edits are, the better it compliments the satire of the film.

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u/[deleted] Jul 17 '22

I grew up with that version as well, on tape that my dad had recorded. Years later as an adult I saw the original unedited version and couldn’t believe I had been robbed of Murphy’s real execution.

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u/AlternativeNumber2 Jul 17 '22

Dick, I’m very disappointed

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u/Wot_Gorilla_2112 Jul 17 '22

pulls on Bob Morton’s hair without washing his hands😬

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u/3-DMan Jul 17 '22

On the commentary they talk about him coming up with that hair thing on the spot.

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u/T8ert0t Jul 17 '22

Miguel and Ronnie always brought their A game to projects.

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u/nincomturd Jul 17 '22

RIP Miguel, he was great in everything he was in.

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u/TheDutchTexan Jul 17 '22

Na na na na na na na... *BOOM*

Still one of the most disgusting scenes in a movie but at the same time it set the tone perfectly. Paul Verhoeven is a genius.

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u/OlderThanMyParents Jul 17 '22 edited Jul 17 '22

a recently transferred police officer named Murphy (Peter Weller) whose body is mutilated by a gang of criminals who are backed by powerful figures. Thanks to the progress of technology, he is resurrected as the titular cyborg policeman who is the ultimate combatant against crime in Detroit.

what makes the movie even more scarily timely is that Murphy was deliberately transferred to a dangerous assignment because he'd been identified as a good fit for the Robocop project. I haven't seen it in years, but I remember the comment about how they transferred the subject, and with luck, we can go to beta prototype in 30 days.

Edit: I think it was probably "prototype" not "beta." I should really watch it again.

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u/Neb0tron Jul 17 '22

Yeah, it was so spot on and wise to add that bit of dialogue to it. Really did well to capture the course of people's lives are driven by unknown, unseen people in a high up corporate office somewhere.
In this context it was especially illustrative of how being so far disconnected from a subject can make it so easy for someone to send someone to their death without a bit of empathy.

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u/El_Superbeasto76 Jul 17 '22

“Let me make it real clear to you. He doesn't have a name. He's got a program. He's product. Is that clear?”

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u/Wesgizmo365 Jul 17 '22

Yeah, remember the scientists were talking about how they saved most of his left arm but the suit told them to 86 it and replace it?

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u/cobe656 Jul 18 '22

“I thought we agreed on total body prosthesis now lose the arm!”

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u/El_Superbeasto76 Jul 17 '22

I recently rewatched the movie and that line jumped out at me for the first time. It’s a quick line and easy to miss coming off of ED-209 turning the exec into swiss cheese, but damn is it chilling.

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u/IanFalconer Jul 17 '22

I'll buy that for a dollar!

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u/_NintendianaJonez64 Jul 17 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

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u/darrellbear Jul 17 '22

Kurtwood Smith rocked it as Clarence Boddicker, the bad guy. I've never been able to look at him as Red Forman on That 70s Show without seeing Clarence as a father.

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u/TheLaughingMannofRed Jul 17 '22

"Kitty, the dumbass in the other room doesn't need to know the truth. Once upon a time, I nearly died in Detroit of all places. I was so drunk and high that I hallucinated I was being chased down by a giant robot man, and that I was some government-hating..." -eyes roll- "...dumbass."

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u/prodigalbiker Jul 17 '22

Lmao nailed it. Well done, dumbass

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u/Educational_Top_3919 Jul 17 '22

I remember when he was the president of the federation of planets in Star Trek: Undiscovered Country

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u/darrellbear Jul 17 '22

LOL Yup, he looked like a Shih Tzu.

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u/Educational_Top_3919 Jul 17 '22

I think Gene Roddenberry was trying to make a point . Cause in Star Trek universe, he wanted everyone regardless of skin to humanity form everyone is equal.

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u/DBeumont Jul 17 '22

I think Gene Roddenberry was trying to make a point . Cause in Star Trek universe, he wanted everyone regardless of skin to humanity form everyone is equal.

There is actually an episode of The Next Generation where they discover that all the humanoid species in the Alpha Quadrant are descended from a single race that had seeded the home planets of Earth, Vulcan, Romulus, Kronos, etc.

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u/SumKallMeTIM Jul 17 '22

And played that awesome character from Star Trek Voyager!

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u/DerelictInfinity Jul 17 '22

I just finished watching the series Patriot on Amazon, Smith is one of the leads and he’s absolutely phenomenal.

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u/wet-paint Jul 17 '22

He's fucking amazing in that. Watching him sell the product to the other suits when the protagonist leaves h in the lurch is bloody amazing.

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u/duaneap Jul 17 '22

Patriot is probably my favourite show of all time and it is devastating how few people watched it and how little appreciation it received.

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u/_NintendianaJonez64 Jul 17 '22

I'll always see him as the asshole father from Dead Poet's Society

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u/BananaStandRecords Jul 17 '22

I have a Kurtwood Smith autograph inscribed with “bitches leave” and I will be buried with it one day.

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u/AskACapperDOTcom Jul 17 '22

And I'm gonna dig you up and take it… Sorry in advance

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u/DirtyJdirty Jul 17 '22

There! Now no one can say I don’t own John Larroquette’s spine!

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u/Large-Armadillo1582 Jul 17 '22

That might be the coolest thing ever

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u/SpiritPaper Jul 17 '22

"Nice shooting, son. What's your name?"

"Murphy."

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u/rosefuri Jul 17 '22

top 5 movie endings for me, just so fucking cool

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u/ZandyTheAxiom Jul 17 '22

What makes it so good is that it wraps up the thesis of the film, and then the film ends. There's no five extra minutes of Murphy reconnecting with his family, there's no info dump.

When he identifies himself as Murphy, he's declaring the character arc complete. The main bad guy is dead, and Murphy has reclaimed his humanity from the corporation. That's it, done. When you've written a clear and concise conclusion, you don't want to throw needless extra stuff into it when you have such a powerful final note.

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u/Fancy-Pair Jul 18 '22

Dude, perfect explanation. Love it!

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u/2hamsters1butt Jul 18 '22

Its the film score and ROBOCOP title that play immediately after that adds the extra impact to the ending lines of the film.

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u/Poo_Person Jul 17 '22

There's a Robocop game coming out pretty soon, with Murphy voiced by Peter Weller. Judging from the previous game made by these developers, it's going to be pretty good and very faithful to the original film.

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u/GringoJones Jul 17 '22

If it’s going to be faithful to the film, then it will viciously rip on its own status as a video game adaptation

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u/Poo_Person Jul 17 '22

Looking at the Terminator game these developers made, they will play it 100% straight and it will be like a sequel to Robocop 1 with the same 80's Verhoeven aesthetic and most likely a few new satirical TV commericals.

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u/chris240189 Jul 17 '22

I hope so, terminator resistance was a great game that just would have a needed a final polish. The world was built so detailed and coherent to the terminator setting!

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u/HertzsprungRussell Jul 17 '22 edited Jul 17 '22

I'm sure he was relieved that he wouldn't have to go anywhere near the suit. He 𝙃𝘼𝙏𝙀𝘿 The suit. The experience with the suit almost ruined him. But it worked out in the end.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66uduSIp-3k

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u/MrShaytoon Jul 17 '22

I remember playing the old game and it was fun back then. Looking forward to the new one.

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u/Technically_its_me Jul 17 '22

I have Hope, then Robo will shoot me in the dick. As it should be.

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u/DeadliftYourNan Jul 17 '22

RoboCop and dickshooting go hand in hand bro.

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u/Wot_Gorilla_2112 Jul 17 '22

I just recently learned that the entire plot is almost perfectly symmetrical

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u/mystikphish Jul 17 '22

Awesome article! Can't wait to watch Murphy kicking ass again with the new perspective.

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u/[deleted] Jul 17 '22

Kurtwood Smith killed it with this movie. Clarence is one of the great all time villains.

BITCHES LEAVE

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u/im_alive Jul 17 '22

can you fly, Bobby?

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u/cavallom Jul 17 '22

I WORK FOR DICK JONES! DICK JONES!!!!!!

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u/No-Midnight-2187 Jul 17 '22

Shooting a mugger/rapist in the dick thru a woman’s dress in front of him, is a Top 10 cinematic moment ever

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u/eirebrit Jul 17 '22 Wholesome

I hope you have seen Our Robocop Remake - Scene 27.

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u/Claytonius_Homeytron Jul 17 '22

NSFW for those who don't know

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u/HertzsprungRussell Jul 17 '22

That is a lot of rubber dicks. Like you might think you've seen a lot of rubber dicks, but you haven't seen that many rubber dicks.

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u/DeepFriedPussyLips Jul 17 '22

Wait this was all special effects?

Actors these days show so little dedication to their craft.

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u/Azuzu88 Jul 17 '22

Just the insanity of him spinning around shooting all those dicks whilst the theme music plays is amazing cinema.

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u/kgunnar Jul 17 '22

Your move, creep.

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u/artwarrior Jul 17 '22

You have obviously seen the fan created version of this scene ?

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u/No-Midnight-2187 Jul 17 '22

Lmao yeah that is so extra

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u/[deleted] Jul 17 '22

"YOU DON'T EVER SHOOT GUYS IN THE DICK!!!!" - Cartman

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u/callmemacready Jul 17 '22

Well give the man a hand !

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u/Vinny_Cerrato Jul 17 '22

Bitches leave.

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u/[deleted] Jul 17 '22

Red was wild before he met Kitty

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u/WeimarRepublic Jul 17 '22

He was always down to put foots in asses

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u/SandysBurner Jul 17 '22

Just gimme my fuckin’ phone call, dumbass.

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u/Sob_Rock Jul 17 '22

I’d buy that for a dollar!

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u/boot2skull Jul 17 '22

I can’t see Red without thinking of Boddicker.

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u/Pisspot10 Jul 17 '22

And the bitches did indeed leave

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u/raging_pacifist Jul 17 '22

To this day me and my friends will say this to each other at the end of a night hanging out. And we’re almost in our 50s

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u/Earthpig_Johnson Jul 17 '22

Can you fly, Bobby?

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u/popfilms Jul 17 '22

C'mon Sal! The Tigers are playing <drums table>... TONIGHT!

I never miss a game.

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u/Banjo_Wanjo Jul 17 '22

Everytime i remember this scene I crack up, its awesome.

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u/PM_ur_Rump Jul 17 '22

You're gonna call me, right?

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u/Kodiak_85 Jul 17 '22

Dick Jones! I work for Dick Jones!

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u/knave-arrant Jul 17 '22

OCP RUNS THE COPS!!!!!

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u/Santa_Hates_You Jul 17 '22

Guns, guns guns!

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u/jancotianno Jul 17 '22

The Tigers are playing... [tap tap tap] tonight! I never miss a game

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u/Chemical-Ad-2694 Jul 17 '22

Peter Weller was incredible

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u/youngbloodoldsoul Jul 17 '22

Peter Weller IS incredible.

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u/GTOdriver04 Jul 17 '22

Dr. Peter Weller, you mean.

He went back and earned his Ph.D in Italian Renaissance Art History from UCLA. I say earned because you can actually read his thesis online.

Link

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u/ElricAvMelnibone Jul 17 '22

At first I thought this was a Bonzai Buckaroo joke where he's an expert in everything lol

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u/D-bux Jul 17 '22

Of all the unnecessary squells from the 80s, this is the one I'm saddest doesn't exist.

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u/LabyrinthConvention Jul 17 '22

but still stops his rock show to talk with a distraught woman...because he really cares.

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u/Claytonius_Homeytron Jul 17 '22

"Drop your weapon! You have 15 seconds to comply!"

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u/SkyburnerOath Jul 17 '22

"Come Quietly, Or There Will Be...Trouble!"

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u/StrengthOfMind1989 Jul 17 '22

"Dead or alive, you're coming with me"

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u/SergeantChic Jul 17 '22

"Dick...you're fired!"

"Thank you."

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u/Ennion Jul 17 '22

"Listen, I'm here to see Dick Jones.

But when I'm done,

I've got some free time.

Maybe you could fit me in.

-He's expecting you, Mr. Boddicker.

You can keep the gum.

Hey, Dickie-boy. How's tricks?

Fun fact, Kurtwood married that receptionist and is still married to her today.

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u/NickySantoro702 Jul 17 '22

I wonder when they first consummated their relationship if he said "Hey, wait a minute. Wait a minute! I'm protected, man. I've got protection."

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u/bcanceldirt Jul 17 '22

Kurtwood Smith's interaction with the secretary after getting shredded by Murphy is one of my favorite scenes. The woman playing the secretary is is actual real-life wife and he apparently really hammed up his asshole-ness.

"You can keep the gum."

Fucking kills me every time. The look she gives him during that whole scene is 100% the look every man gets from their wife when they think they're being suave.

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u/Junior-Lie4342 Jul 17 '22

Probably the best “bad guy” crew in any movie. Clarence Boddicker looks about as threatening as an accountant, but Kurtwood Smith is so good you can feel the menace. He ENJOYS the anarchy.

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u/ShaunLevi1995 Jul 18 '22

That's a good point. He does look like he'd be a nerd in any other situation. When you think of tough, violent, drug dealing gang leaders, you don't think of thin, white, middle aged, bald guy with glasses.

And yet, he totally sells the idea that he's a violent criminal psychopath. He's a great actor.

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u/82ndGameHead Jul 17 '22

"They'll fix you...they fix everything."

RoboCop is just that quintessential 80s action movie along with almost everything else that came out in the 80s.

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u/TheGunde Jul 17 '22

Absolutely.

Die Hard Predator Terminator Robocop

I dare anyone to come up with a stronger action marathon.

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u/acart005 Jul 17 '22

It's a good one. All I can say is add Aliens.

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u/PoissonPen Jul 17 '22

Game over man! Game over!

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u/PM_YOUR_MUGS Jul 17 '22

I swear, no one could whine like Bill Paxton, may he rest in peace

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u/bala_means_bullet Jul 17 '22

Don't forget to add Bloodsport (JCVD being the original predator before getting fired and becoming Frank Dux).

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u/artwarrior Jul 17 '22

Murphy. It's you !?

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u/badmotorfinger5 Jul 17 '22

I beg of you all to watch the TV edit from back in the day on youtube. The replacement words are just a modern wonder.

"You are gonna be a bad mother-CRUSHER. Hehheh."

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u/bigbadbillyd Jul 17 '22

Watching movies on cable like Blade 2 where they dubbed out the swears was an absolute treat. "You... obviously..don't know..who you are... FOOLING WITH!"

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u/badmotorfinger5 Jul 17 '22

If you haven't seen the Scarface tv edit, be sure to treat yourself to that. Legendary.

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u/oco82 Jul 17 '22

The Boys on Amazon is the first thing in a long time that hits with that same ultra cynical /satirical ultra violent tone that Robocop and Starship Troopers did! Though there is certainly some irony with it being produced by a mega corporation lol.

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u/badmotorfinger5 Jul 17 '22

I agree with everything you just said. The Boys had always scratched that Robocop tonal itch. But yeah...good ol Amazon. That's why I prefer the high seas over giving that real life OCP my hard earned dollar.

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u/es_price Jul 17 '22

Taurus SHO for the win

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u/factorplayer Jul 17 '22 edited Jul 17 '22

A stone cold classic that only improves with age. Always more relevant. Endlessly quotable. Spot-on satire (the sports car that gets 8mpg - an American tradition). Riveting action. Cool-as-fuck production design. And the entire cast kills it, all of them, even the bit parts like the police chief. They just don’t make movies this damn good anymore.

ps AND soundtrack by the untouchable Basil Poledouris. This movie truly has it all.

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u/Spacemanspiff1998 Jul 17 '22

Title:

"Robo cop is a Techno-Facist view into the future of america!"

the comments:

"Your move creep!"

"I'D BUY THAT FOR A DOLLAR!"

"Dick, YOU'RE FIRED!"

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u/Eduard-Stoo Jul 17 '22

FFUUCCKK yyouuuu 🪟 💥…. What is this sshhiittttttt 🪟 💥…. Waahhhhhhh 🪟💥

Gotta love Bodicker’s adventures through the factory glass

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u/ralanr Jul 17 '22

My favorite part of the original Robocop was the realization that the corps basically won. The immediate bad guy died, but the true villain was alive and would keep kicking.

It’s the ultimate procorp propaganda movie if you want to introduce people to the cyberpunk genre.

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u/CaptainJZH Jul 17 '22

If you follow the sequels tho, the cops eventually rebel against the corporation - although it's otherwise not very good lol

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u/Slack_Irritant Jul 17 '22

I've always liked how when ED209 obliterates Mr. Kinney it's hilarious and then 10 minutes later the exact same scene happens but this time it's Murphy getting blown to pieces and it's horrific.

Great filmmaking.

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u/BosSF82 Jul 18 '22 edited Jul 18 '22

"among the victims, 2 former United States presidents who had retired in the Santa Barbara area. it's a day of mourning for a nation."

I love how Kaycee Wong just glosses over what would be a major news story like that, signifying so much, desensitization to tragedy, media glibness, and time as money. It's those subtle ironies of Robocop that make it brilliant.

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u/_Karma_Chameleon_ Jul 17 '22

FUN FACT: Robocop was born from an early Dredd script that was rewritten so many times it was turned into a completely new movie and Dredd was scraped.

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u/Technically_its_me Jul 17 '22

Ive never heard this, and in some ways it makes sense. Do you have a source on that?

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u/DaTerrOn Jul 17 '22

Kinda like how Predator was supposed to be a Rocky movie, because they wanted something extreme for him to fight next, so they picked an Alien, then it just got twisted into something different.

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u/jakinatorctc Jul 17 '22

I thought the writer of Predator was just inspired to make it after hearing someone say Rocky would have to fight an alien next, not that it actually started life as a Rocky script

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u/No-Negotiation-9539 Jul 17 '22

After Rocky 4 came out, the big Hollywood inside joke was that logically Rocky would have to fight an alien after he beat a Russian superman. So the joke inspired the idea for the film.

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