Must See: Robocop

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Must-see movies are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-see is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale. Written by James Rocchi.

Title: Robocop
Date: 1987

Vitals: Detroit cop Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) is brought back from the dead to serve as the raw material for Omni Consumer Product's new robotic law enforcement product line. But making Murphy better, stronger and faster doesn't make him any less moral. ... Paul Verhoeven's finest hour works as slam-bang action and as perverse, prickly social satire.


Famous Names: Paul Verehoeven (Director); Peter Weller, Kurtwood Smith and Ronny Cox (Cast).

Crunchy Goodness: 4

Sequels: Robocop 2, Robocop 3, a tv-spinoff in 1994 and a 2001 miniseries.

Sight You'll Never Unsee: After a brief dunking in some toxic waste, bad guy Paul McCrane staggers into the path of an oncoming car — and explodes into a cloud of wet goo.


Design Breakthrough: The ED-209 kill-droids weren't just amazing stop-motion effects; their distinctive visual design was unique, too — based on the curves, coloration and mass of killer whales.

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