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(1990)

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The scene in which RoboCop opens fire around the head of someone who is smoking, after which he says 'Thank you for not smoking', was actually licensed and run as a public service announcement ahead of several different films in many non-smoking movie theaters during the summer movie season that year.
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The Robocop suit for this film was constructed purely of FiberGlass. This allowed Peter Weller far more freedom in terms of movement and gave the suit a far more metallic look.
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The City of Detroit is depicted as being cash-strapped where OCP owns the entire metropolitan area - as life imitating art, the City of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy on July 18, 2013 with an estimated $18 - $20 billion debt.
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Some of RoboCop's new directives are (in numerical order):
  • DIRECTIVE 233: Restrain hostile feelings.
  • DIRECTIVE 234: Promote positive attitude.
  • DIRECTIVE 235: Suppress aggressiveness.
  • DIRECTIVE 236: Promote pro-social values.
  • DIRECTIVE 238: Avoid destructive behavior.
  • DIRECTIVE 239: Be accessible.
  • DIRECTIVE 240: Participate in group activities.
  • DIRECTIVE 241: Avoid interpersonal conflicts.
  • DIRECTIVE 242: Avoid premature value judgments.
  • DIRECTIVE 243: Pool opinions before expressing yourself.
  • DIRECTIVE 244: Discourage feelings of negativity and hostility.
  • DIRECTIVE 245: If you haven't got anything nice to say, don't talk.
  • DIRECTIVE 246: Don't rush traffic lights.
  • DIRECTIVE 247: Don't run through puddles and splash pedestrians or other cars.
  • DIRECTIVE 248: Don't say that you are always prompt when you are not.
  • DIRECTIVE 249: Don't be oversensitive to the hostility and negativity of others.
  • DIRECTIVE 250: Don't walk across a ballroom floor swinging your arms.
  • DIRECTIVE 254: Encourage awareness.
  • DIRECTIVE 256: Discourage harsh language.
  • DIRECTIVE 258: Commend sincere efforts.
  • DIRECTIVE 261: Talk things out.
  • DIRECTIVE 262: Avoid Orion meetings.
  • DIRECTIVE 266: Smile.
  • DIRECTIVE 267: Keep an open mind.
  • DIRECTIVE 268: Encourage participation.
  • DIRECTIVE 273: Avoid stereotyping.
  • DIRECTIVE 278: Seek non-violent solutions.
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When RoboCop is in the Arcade, the majority of the video games are created by Data East. Data East was the creator behind the RoboCop video games.
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Although the producers loved Frank Miller's original version of the script, they quickly realized it was unfilmable as written. The final screen version was heavily rewritten and bears only a superficial resemblance to Miller's story. In 2003, Miller's screenplay was adapted into a comic book series titled, appropriately, "Frank Miller's RoboCop".
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The lunch box-gun that Hob uses was not created for the film. It is an actual firearm called the DEB M21 as his weapon-of-choice throughout the film. This gun was originally designed by Utah Connor as the UC-9, and later renamed to DEB M21 following Connor's collaboration with David E. Boatman to produce the weapon on a larger scale. Utah Connor designed the weapon as a a concealable foldable submachine gun that can be folded into a small, nondescript box, which can be fitted with even more mundane-looking accessories to make it look even less like a firearm. The blue exterior and antenna gives the gun the appearance of a personal radio, in order to fool unsuspecting cops who don't realize that Hob is a young drug lord.
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Nancy Allen was looking forward to doing the original script for the sequel under Tim Hunter's direction. When Hunter was replaced by Irvin Kershner, Kershner completely changed the script, and (according to Allen) took out all the intelligence and humor. She went on record in a Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival interview in July 2010, four months before Kershner's death, saying that she hated Kershner and hated working with him. "And you can tell him that, I don't care." But that doesn't match her early statement in various interviews about the film, in August 1990 she(unlike Weller who immediately distanced himself from the film as much as possible) represented the film at the Deauville Film Festival, and in a StarLog Magazine for December 1990 she says "I hate comparisons between directors! I love Kersh; he has a great inspiration, he is very creative, he is a very considerate person that takes care of the details and the character."
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While displaying RoboCop's new directives at the police station, the cable plugged into his head is actually a water supply coupling for a toilet.
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A directive which is only seen briefly in the scene where they are having trouble uploading the new directives into RoboCop is 'Directive 262: Avoid Orion Meetings'. Orion Pictures was the production and distribution company of RoboCop 2 (1990).
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Peter Weller criticized the script, saying it lacked the spine and the soul of the original. Weller tried to convince Frank Miller, Irvin Kershner and the film's producers that the third act needed a morality angle instead of being just a shoot 'em up. The producers felt the battle between Robocop and Cain was sufficient.
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After the success of RoboCop (1987), director Paul Verhoeven and the original screenwriters Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner were immediately approached for a sequel by the studio. According to Verhoeven, he didn't want to make the kind of sequel that the studio had in mind. He felt going forward so quickly with their ideas would make it feel like he was attempting to cash in on the first film, and he only wanted to do a follow-up if it was original and innovative. Neumeier and Miner had already presented a very rough outline called "RoboCop: Corporate Wars". In this draft, RoboCop was to be shot and pulverized to metallic dust by a cannon in the very beginning. He would be resurrected 25 years later in an even more dystopian future, where he becomes a pawn in the struggle between an all-powerful corporation, the government and an impoverished population and even at one point having a love interest with a Neruobrain to humanize Robocop even more. The studio liked this idea, but the writers did not want to continue working on script due to personal interests associated with the writers strike. Verhoeven also did not support the project, having gone to shoot "Total Recall" for big money, while agreeing to all conditions of the producers and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who gave the director only three hours for making decision from the beginning of reading the script. Ultimately Verhoeven felt if the studio kept patient his idea for the sequel was far more superior.

In the end, the film was shot on a new script by Frank Miller & Walon Green, but the plot also has lines from the original script and early drafts for the first movie that were never filmed.
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The special effects were generated with an Commodore Amiga computer.
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In the scene where RoboCop was being reprogrammed by Dr. Faxx, the following hex numbers scroll quickly up the screen: "50 45 54 45 20 4B 55 52 41 4E 20 49 53 20 41 20 47 52 45 41 54 20 47 55 59". Converted to ASCII text, it reads: "PETE KURAN IS A GREAT GUY". Peter Kuran was the special effects photographer.
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When police raid the nuke lab, RoboCop recreates the infamous "scope shot" where he shoots a sniper in the eye through the sniper's own scope. This is based upon the real life exploits of Marine sniper Carlos Hathcock.
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Designing the RoboCop 2/RoboCain had already begun before a full script was written. Craig Hayes conceived the RoboCain with the idea that it looked almost unbeatable, and contained so many complex parts that the audience wouldn't be able to make sense of it. His first design was more animalistic in nature, but the initial director Tim Hunter insisted on a more anthropomorphic look, reasoning that humans still make the worst monsters. The final design was meant to look like a cross between an 'angry bodybuilder' with a Medieval knight, and have so many features that it would almost be the robot equivalent of a Swiss army knife.
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Irvin Kershner's final film.
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The point-of-view shots from RoboCop show an interface based on MS-DOS . The villain Cain has the Apple based OS.interface with a skull instead of the Apple logo.
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The Chinese woman in Cain's limousine was saying in Mandarin: 'Take me with you, if not the police will catch me'.
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The tiny "container" that held the drug Nuke was actually a saline re-moisturizer for contact lens wearers in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The solution was dyed red and, in some shots, had a small needle sticking out after someone removes the covering.
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The shootout scene at the nuke labs is the Budweiser brewery. The same setting was used in Star Trek (2009) for various engineering areas of the Enterprise.
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In the shootout scene at the Nuke lab in the beginning of the film, RoboCop stops to reload his gun. This is one of the few times in the series where he is seen reloading his weapon.
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The OCP flags that appear throughout the movie are essentially Nazi flags with an OCP logo instead of the swastika.
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Frank Miller showed up on the set every day during filming, even though he was not required to.
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Whenever Johnson and 'The Old Man' walk down a corridor together, they're in perfect lock-step, each with hands identically positioned (right hand clasped over left).
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The press conference where Mayor Kuzak shouts at the media was filmed in front of the east entrance to the Houston City Hall building (901 Bagby, Houston, Texas). The grand finale was filmed at Wortham Center in the Theater District in Houston. In several scenes, the white building which was seen in the background was the Alley Theatre; CGI imagery was used to create the visible damage during the final scenes.
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The pilot episode for RoboCop (1994) came from the first draft for RoboCop 2 (1990) written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner.
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Alan Moore was originally offered the chance to write the film but turned it down.
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The opening sequence of the film, where RoboCop foils the gun shop robbery, was used as the early teaser trailer for the movie.
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During the gun store robbery, a rare Beretta 93R can be seen hanging from the pegboards, complete with stock and forward handle. This is the model that was modified to become RoboCop's Auto 9 pistol.
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Director Alex Cox was asked to direct RoboCop 2 (1990) but turned it down, greatly disliking the original screenplay by Frank Miller. In an interview with the Guardian, Cox said: "Miller was ever thus. I was asked to direct his script for ROBOCOP 2, and turned it down. Unlike the original ROBOCOP, which trod a path between right wing politics and left wing irony, Miller's script was reactionary and obnoxious, pitting its robot police hero against homeless people. No wonder he is so popular with the Hollywood one per-centers."
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Jon Davison and Paul Verhoeven, producer and director of the original, weren't interested in coming back to do the sequel. When the studio didn't get any further with the project and Davison's participation in Dick Tracy (1990) fell through, he decided to accept the offer anyway. Then the original writers Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner left the project for another movie, so Davison enlisted comic writer Frank Miller, but despite the setback, Orion Pictures insisted on the original summer 1990 release. Tim Hunter was set to direct, and spent several weeks working with Miller on the script, while the start of principle photography was drawing closer. However, Orion Pictures kept demanding script revisions and re-writes, and eventually brought in veteran Walon Green (screenwriter of The Wild Bunch (1969)) to give the script a major overhaul. Hunter finally quit the project because he found the deadline too restrictive, forcing Davison to find a replacement at the eleventh hour. Finally, Irvin Kershner agreed to direct, meaning that he literally had to start shooting the next week.
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Michael Medeiros who played 'Catzo' (the Elvis-looking one of the gang) recalls Irvin Kershner literally ripping pages from the script every morning, calling it awful while screenwriter Frank Miller would look on mournfully.
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One of the buildings shown at OCP's demonstration of their plans for Detroit is the Bank of America building located at 700 Louisiana in downtown Houston (the orange building in three triangles).
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The leaking fire hydrant scene, which was filmed on a street paved with red bricks, was actually filmed on Andrews Street in the Freedmen's Town Historical District, located in Houston, Texas.
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The role played by Patricia Charbonneau was originally written as a man.
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When Faxx is attempting to upload the new commands into Robocop, the connections on either side of his helmet are BNC connectors. This is standard film equipment for connecting signal cables to monitors.
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Miniature stop-motion models of RoboCop 2/RoboCain were used for most of the shots. Eight separate miniature teams had to work around the clock to meet the tight production schedule. For close-ups, a full-size head and torso were built, weighing almost 800 pounds. It was operated with long poles attached to the areas that had to move, by operators who were dressed in all black so that they would not show up on screen.
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In the final battle the device RoboCain uses to cut Robocop's helmet is actually a spot welder used in auto manufacturing.
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According to Corporate Wars: The Making of 'RoboCop 2' (2017), Galyn Görg was personally offered the title role in a proposed Elektra film by co-writer and character creator Frank Miller. The project never materialized.
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RoboCop 2/Cain's metal body has the symbol for nuclear radiation attached to the chest. For most of the film, Cain produced & distributed the designer drug Nuke and as a cyborg he is dependent on it.
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The folding submachine guns used by the bad guys (specifically the character Hob) are based on the 9mm M21 Sub Machine Gun (designed by Dave Boatman), which itself is an updated version of the Ares FMG (Folding Machine Gun) developed by Eugene Stoner (weapons designer known for designing the AR-10 and AR-15 assault rifles - the latter of which adopted by the U.S. military as the M16 since 1962).
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Peter Weller and Patricia Charbonneau previously co-starred in the film Shakedown (1988), where they both played lawyers and lovers. They are reunited in this film as the titular character and a technician. In the novelization by Ed Naha, the name of Charbonneau's character was Linda Garcia, and in the film, 'Garcia' is visible on her name-tag.
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The song played by the violinist/contortionist during the telethon scene is 'Born to Be Wild' by Steppenwolf.
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Even though Peter Weller broke up with his girlfriend during filming, he still had a good time making the movie and enjoyed working with Irvin Kershner.
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The film's production company, Tobor, is "Robot" backward.
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While being reprogrammed by Dr. Faxx, Robocop identifies himself as "RoboCop: Crime Prevention Unit". The acronym for that designation is "CPU," which also happens to be the acronym for "Central Processing Unit," or a "computer" (commonly referring to desktop computers).
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Norwegian director Nils Gaup was offered the project but turned it down.
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TV spots for the film featured the catchphrase "Maximum Thrash." However, this was never an official tagline or subtitle for the film.
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For the Cain brain removal scene, a dummy of Tom Noonan was made.
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Peter Weller previously starred in Shakedown (1988) which came out a year after RoboCop (1987) (where he played a New York City public district attorney defending a suspect in selling drugs and shooting an undercover police officer who happened to be corrupt). In RoboCop 2, Weller plays a cyborg battling the drug lord Cain. He, as an officer of the law, is almost killed under Cain's orders (completely taken apart in pieces) while also battling a corrupt group of OCP officers and executives.
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The villain in the original script by Frank Miller was called Kong, his personality was very similar to the supervillain Nuke created by Miller and David Mazzucchelli during their run on Daredevil. After the script was changed, the villain became the drug lord Cain who manufactures a drug called Nuke.
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The different Robocain puppets had to be 'tuned' everyday before animating could begin which involved going over every joint and adjusting tension which was always different depending on which animator was using it. It also had slightly looser joints towards the end of each limb so hands could be manipulating without disturbing the rest of the limb.
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At the start of the scene were Hob is seen giving Nuke and money to people a young man is seen walking out of the arcade and down the steps. This same person is seen seconds later receiving Nuke inside the arcade from Hob.
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When Robocop is surveying Cains lair and art collection, among the pictures of Mother Theresa and the desiccated corpse of Elvis there is a photo of Oliver North testifying to Congress during the Iran Contra scandal.
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The brain extraction scene, was director Irvin Keshners favorite part of filming.
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This is the only film in the Robocop series in which Ellen Murphy (Angie Bolling) makes on-screen appearance. In RoboCop (1987) and RoboCop 3 (1993), she appears in flashbacks only.
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In RoboCop (1987), Jimmy Murphy was played by Jason Levine and appeared in flashbacks only; in this film, he is played by Clinton Austin Shirley and makes on-screen appearance.
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Ellen Murphy's first name is revealed for the first time in the RoboCop movie series, in the closing credits. In RoboCop (1987) she is listed as "Murphy's wife".
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Both Cain and 'The Old Man' have scenes where they say they're going to make the phrase "Made in America" "mean something again".
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Cameo 

Frank Miller: (One of the screenwriters) Frank the chemist, who makes the Nuke drug for Cain.
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Craig Hayes: As the face of a failed RoboCop 2 Prototype.
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Director Cameo 

Irvin Kershner: when Dr. Juliette Faxx is reviewing death row inmate files on the computer, the first inmate image shown is that of Kershner.
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Director Trademark 

Irvin Kershner: [the human face] The close up of Robocop's unmasked face.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The story involving corrupt Officer Duffy was much more protracted in the film's initial cut, which included a much longer sequence where Duffy is tortured and killed onscreen as well as a running bit where other officers kept finding his severed body parts. The filmmakers knew these segments would have given the film an X rating and quickly rounded off the story to end with relatively little gore and no follow-up material.
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Many scenes were deleted from the movie for various reasons: Robocop walking through police station locker room where he sees a naked police woman showering and, after looking at her for a few seconds, walks away. Robocop's hallucination scene after he is dismantled by Cain's men, where he dreams of visiting his own grave. A few scenes with Cain that explained his character more, including a scene where he and Angie visit Dr. Faxx to discuss robotics, thus planting the seed for the most likely candidate to donate to Robocop 2's construction. In the same deleted scene, Cain confronts a Robocop mock-up in the OCP's reception area. An extended scene where the store keeper who got robbed by the baseball team kids screams at Robocop for letting them get away, with Robocop grabbing him by the throat, saying a few words about the storekeeper's "harsh value judgment" then dropping him on the floor. During the shootout between Cain's gang and cops in the warehouse, there was originally a knife fight scene between Catzo (Cain's right hand man known as "Elvis Guy" amongst fans of the film) and Lewis which ended with Lewis killing him. A scene where Robocop finds out that Cain is inside the Robocop 2 cyborg, interfacing with Dr. Faxx's computer and going through her files. Also, just like with first movie, some scenes were cut down to avoid an X rating by MPAA. Although one workprint version is available that includes some of the deleted scenes, there was never any uncut version of the movie with all deleted scenes.
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In the scene where an irate 'RoboCain' breaks Angie's neck and kills her, the actress Galyn Görg,was able to twist her neck in such an unnatural looking way that the production team feared at first that she had actually injured herself.
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RoboCop kills 12 people over the course of the movie.
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The Old Man doesn't return in RoboCop 3 (1993) and it is unclear what happened to him between the two movies. It's possible The Old Man was tried and convicted for the murders of city officials (Assassinated by Cain/RoboCop 2) and lost OCP in the process and he may had also been held responsible for RoboCop 2's rampage which many police officers and news crew were killed or he may had passed away following the events of the film.
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Although Frank Miller's original screenplay was heavily re-written by Walon Green and Irvin Kershner, much of his story outline actually remained in the finished movie. These include: the opening scene; the character of Hob (Gabriel Damon); the corrupt police officer; the bad guys employing underage delinquents; failed attempts to turn more cops into RoboCops; OCP's attempts to take over Detroit and the major's strategies to prevent it (first through a fund raiser, later a deal with criminals); RoboCop's dismemberment, personality change and subsequent self-reboot. The major action scenes were in Miller's script as well. Scenes written out during the re-writes include: Cain is called Kong in Miller's outline, and he has much more screen time. Kong even gets to promote his Nuke drug in a TV interview. He is much more delusional and messianic than in the finished movie; at one point he even visits Dr. Faxx as she is doing a presentation of OCP's products. Kong sees her as a virgin Mary type of character, while Faxx in turn becomes intrigued by Kong's intellect and amoral personality. She gradually becomes convinced that Cain will be an excellent subject for her new RoboCop project, so she actively trying to get Murphy to malfunction by messing with his systems. Kong does not battle RoboCop with a van, but with a big assault helicopter (which crashes, leaving him near death). Although Hob betrays him, Angie remains with Kong, but dies anyway when Kong (after his transformation into RoboCain) is forced to kill her by Faxx. Kong later gets to kill Hob during his attack on the warehouse by ripping him into pieces. Murphy and Lewis raid Faxx' office and find out RoboCain's identity. In the climax, Faxx tries to get Kong to kill Lewis, but Kong kills Faxx when she tries to shut him down. In the finale, RoboCop and RoboCain are attacked by two ED-209 droids. RoboCain engages both, giving RoboCop the opportunity to get the jump on RoboCain. There was also much more exposition on Murphy's battle between his human and machine side; he meets his wife, who wants him to release her from their marriage; this also forces Murphy to agree in resigning his humanity; he becomes pure OCP property, which means he thereby gives up all future contact with his son. At the end he receives fan-mail from his son (who doesn't know RoboCop is his father), which restores his faith in humanity once more.
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One of the early shooting scripts written by Walon Green with input from Irvin Kershner contained elements that were missing from the finished movie. A lot of these elements had been retained from the original script by Frank Miller. In this shooting script, Cain was still called "Kong". He is very intelligent but also wildly delusional. He sees himself as a modern-day Jesus, and constantly recites religious texts (he even bluntly kills one of his henchmen who dares to disturb him during one of his prayers). Cain wants to kill RoboCop/Murphy because he sees the immortal RoboCop as an insult to God. Murphy's emotional struggle is much more fleshed out, and his partner Lewis is vital in helping him retaining his humanity. Murphy actually learns that OCP is trying to kill the Mayor, and immediately intervenes (but arrives too late, finding everyone dead but Hob). This version makes it much more clear that Dr. Faxx also wants to get rid of RoboCop/Murphy. She purposely feeds him bad data in the hope that it will cause him to break down, and even programs RoboCain to kill Murphy for her (RoboCain's original purpose is to protect the Delta City construction workers from angry citizens). This backfires when RoboCain eventually kills her after she tries to shut him down. The ending still contains Miller's finale, which involved RoboCop and RoboCain being attacked by two ED-209s. RoboCain fights and destroys them both; RoboCop uses this distraction to grab the Nuke container, after which the scene ends like in the movie.
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The final battle scene shows Robocop leaping on RoboCains' back, accessing and ripping out vital parts. This scene is nearly copied during the final battle scene in Iron Man (2008) as Iron Man leaps upon Iron Monger/Obediah Stanes' back, accessing and ripping out vital parts.
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On the Old Mans desk during the meeting where the city councilor sells out the mayor is a framed photograph of himself standing next to Ronald Reagan
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