Not sure what to watch this weekend? How about an old school classic such as RoboCop?

Sounds good, right?

Well, before you dive back into RoboCop, take some time to bone up on this ’80s classic with this very handy look at 22 frequently asked questions. These FAQs will provide you with all the info you could ever need, so you are locked and loaded for the movie.


RoboCop: The FAQs

Image: ©Orion Pictures

Who wrote and directed RoboCop?

RoboCop was written by Edward Neumeier & Michael Miner and was directed by Dutch director, Paul Verhoeven. The film was produced by Orion Pictures – the American motion picture production company behind the likes of First Blood (1982), The Terminator (1984) and The Belko Experiment (2017).

What was RoboCop‘s budget?

RoboCop was initially given a budget of $10 million, but by the time the production came to an end the film had cost $13 million to make.

When was RoboCop released?

RoboCop was released in July 1987 and took $53.4 million at the US box office – more than four times the movie’s budget.


Who played RoboCop?

Peter Weller played the role of Officer Alex Murphy/RoboCop. According to director Paul Verhoeven, Weller’s chin was one of the deciding factors in his casting. Commenting in the book RoboCop: The Definitive History, Verhoeven said: “The most important thing for us was a good chin. For most of the movie you were only going to see his chin. Peter Weller was a good actor with a good chin.”

Is it true that Arnie almost played RoboCop?

Arnold Schwarzenegger was briefly considered for the role of RoboCop, but it was never anything more than a consideration – he was never offered the role.

Image: ©Orion Pictures

At what point in the movie is Alex Murphy transformed into RoboCop?

Officer Alex Murphy is introduced three minutes into the movie. He is officially pronounced dead 23 minutes later, thus beginning the process of turning him into a man-machine.

Was RoboCop based on a comic?

No, but comics did inspire the film/character. RoboCop took inspiration from Judge Dredd comics and from the work of comic book writer, Frank Miller.

Who played Officer Lewis in RoboCop?

Nancy Allen played the role of Officer Lewis in RoboCop movies. The actress was a last minute addition to the cast (see below).


What was Stephanie Zimbalist’s connection to RoboCop?

Before Nancy Allen was cast as Lewis, Stephanie Zimbalist was set to play the role. However, two weeks before principal photography was due to start Zimbalist had to pull out over filming commitments on TV show, Remington Steel.

What do the initials ED-209 stand for?

ED-209 is RoboCop’s robotic adversary designed by Craig Hayes and voiced by Jon Davison. The initials ED-209 stand for Enforcement Droid series 209.

Image: ©Orion Pictures

Is it true that sound was used to save money on ED-209?

Yes! The faint humming noise that ED-209 makes to signal he is operational was added as both a time & cost cutting exercise. The hum would indicate to the audience that ED-209 was still active in the scene, but animators would not need to move him.

Who played the part of Boddicker?

Kurtwood Smith played the role of gang leader, Clarence Boddicker. Smith has an extensive CV which includes appearances in The A-Team, The X-Files, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and That ‘70s Show.

Where was RoboCop filmed?

RoboCop was filmed on location in Dallas, Texas, with additional scenes shot in Pittsburgh.

Image: ©MGM

Who designed RoboCop’s suit?

Rob Bottin was responsible for creating the design of RoboCop’s suit. Bottin was a former apprentice of effects wizard, Rick Baker and had previously worked on Star Wars (1977) and The Thing (1981).

Is it true that the film’s ‘media breaks’ were filmed late into production?

Yes, the movie’s iconic ‘media breaks’ – which were used to add an extra level of satire to the movie – were shot towards the end of the production and were included in the film to help lighten the mood.


How many times is the catchphrase, “I’d buy that for a dollar” said in RoboCop?

“I’d buy that for a dollar” is said five times.

What is RoboCop’s catchphrase?

RoboCop’s catchphrase is “Dead or alive, you’re coming with me”. This line is said twice in the movie. Once by Alex Murphy and once by RoboCop.

What were RoboCop’s Prime Directives?

RoboCop is programmed with three prime directives:

  • #1 Serve the public trust
  • #2 Protect the innocent
  • #3 Uphold the law

A fourth, hidden prime directive is programmed into RoboCop’s system. The fourth prime directive stops RoboCop from hurting any senior officer of OCP – the company that owns RoboCop.

Who wrote the music for RoboCop?

The music for RoboCop – including RoboCop’s theme – was written by Basil Poledouris. As the film’s musical score had not been completed by the time the marketing process began on RoboCop, the film’s original trailer featured music taken from The Terminator.

Image: ©Orion Pictures

Was the movie edited upon release?

Yes, the original theatrical release of RoboCop included a few cuts to reduce the amount of violence depicted in the movie. When the film was released on LaserDisc, DVD and Blu-Ray, the cut sequences were restored.


Did RoboCop win an Academy Award?

Yes! The film was nominated for three awards at the 60th Academy Awards and won one award: The Special Achievement Award (Sound Effects Editing).

Is there really a statue of RoboCop in Detroit?

Yes! In 2011, a Kickstarter campaign was set up to construct and erect a life-size bronze statue of RoboCop in the US city of Detroit. The statute took seven years to build, finally reaching completion in May 2018.



OK, you’re now primed and ready to go. Switch RoboCop on and enjoy one of the best movies from the 1980s.

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