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on September 8, 2004
So read the tagline for the movie. Actually, from the number of body parts that were replaced, he was almost all machine--but who's quibbling.

Cyborg storylines are common, but no one has done it better than Paul Verhoven did when he made this satirical look at virtually every facet of a possible future. It is unfortunate that studio execs, in their neverending pursuit of the almighty dollar, chose to make a number of progressively disappointing big-screen sequels as well as a couple of abysmal television series based upon the character.

Peter Weller, then a newcomer to the acting scene, is cast as Alex Murphy--a Detroit Metro police officer, family man, and all-around good guy. In attempting to apprehend the city's most wanted man, Clarence Boddicker, played with chilling effectiveness by Kurtwood Smith (Red Foreman of "That 70s Show"), Murphy is "killed" by Boddicker and his gang of psychopathic thugs--only to be reincarnated as the movie's title character. Although Murphy technically died, a few residual memories coupled with a few chance circumstances, set the Robocop on a collision course with gang responsible for the demise of his human side.

The movie is broad in both its dark humor and its violence, with the latter being over-the-top at times. Interspersed throughout the movie are "commercials" that further indoctrinate viewers to the sarcasm of the age being presented. Although presented almost as a spoof of cop movies, the film keeps the viewer's interest by focusing on Murphy's attempt to hang on to the tatters of his remaining humanity, smart dialogue, fabulous action scenes, and a satisfying ending.

The supporting cast is impeccable and includes Dan O'Herlihy as the grandfatherly Chairman of OCP (the corporate "inventor" of Robocop) with a vicious streak in him; Ronnie Cox as Dick Jones, the Senior Vice President of OCP and an even more vicious SOB; Miguel Ferrer (now of "Crossing Jordan") as Bob Morton, an ambitious junior exec who makes the fatal mistake of crossing swords with Jones; and, finally, B-movie scream queen Nancy Allen, as Ann Lewis, Murphy's ever-devoted partner who inadvertently sets the Robocop on his current path.

Of course, you also have ED-209, a security droid whose cute exterior belies a murderous nature directed at anyone that stands in its way.

Great lines:

"Your move, creep." --Robocop (pointing his gun at a thug, after castrating the thug's partner with a precisedly aimed shot)
"Dead or alive, you are coming with me." --Robocop
"Come quietly or there will be...trouble." --Robocop
"I'd buy that for a dollar." --TV Game Show Host
"You call this a glitch?!" --O'Herlihy (to Jones, after ED-209 obliterates a company exec during a droid test)
"Give the man a hand!" --Boddicker (to Murphy, after he blows off the latter's hand with a shotgun blast)

By the way, despite the comedic nature in which some of violence is presented, this film is most certainly NOT suitable for viewing by children under the age of 15.

Classy in its own way...and classic sci-fi.
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