Robocop (1987)

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Corrected entry: Why is the gun used for the original ED-209 demonstration still in the boardroom at least 4 months after this happened? We know it is at least 4 months because at the beginning of the film the OCP chairman says, "In 6 months we begin construction of Delta City..." and when Clarence and Dick are talking in Dick's office, Dick says, "Delta City begins construction in 2 months..." (01:31:57)


Correction: It's in an open box on a pedestal for display purposes. There are other sculptures and decorations in the board room. Many boardrooms also display awards or gifts the company received. The gun has a silver/chrome finish (probably aluminum, though) which further makes it look more like an award or souvenir. Maybe it was presented to the company when it first bought the police force or any of the other divisions it is part of.

Corrected entry: When you see Robocop's computer system start up, it loads before it loads the BIOS. If Robocop is controlled by and ordinary PC in any way (he must be in some way since he loads, the BIOS must be loaded before (00:26:05)

Correction: If Robocop was controlled by todays technology then the submission would be valid but the movie is set in the future using technology which doesn't exist today so we can't possibly know how he should start up.


Corrected entry: As Robocop is busting the cocaine factory, during the ensuing firefight, he fires his gun twice at two thugs standing together. They both get hit and react simultaneously even though the shots were fired separately. (01:04:45)

Correction: There are three thugs, he shoots the first thug, then he shoots the second one, but the second one falls back and hits the third thug in the face with his shotgun causing him to fall back as well.

Corrected entry: How exactly was ED-209 supposed to stop crime anyway or deal with criminals? ED-209 had no arms, no handcuffs, just two large machine guns with a rocket launcher. Unless OCP planned to simply kill all criminals (violent and non-violent) ED-209 would be completely ludicrous.

Correction: Thats the whole point. Criminals would have been scared out of their minds if they came across a huge robot with these "large machine guns". The Ed-209 would have had the authority to shoot you on the spot. I think that would be enough to stop people from committing crime near one of these ED-209's.


Corrected entry: When Robocop is being developed, his LED display is lowered over his eyes and the scientist fastens it with 4 screws. Later on when Robo's helmet comes off, we can see that: 1, there are no screws at all (as if the LED is part of the helmet itself), and 2, Robocop is still able to see L.E.D commands without his LED visor. (00:26:35 - 01:34:45)

Correction: The display is nothing to do with the helmet visor - it's built directly into his eyes. The screws are under his face.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: The Cobra assault cannon is actually a Baret .50 cal sniper rifle. How is it that this gun can fire bullets that cause massive explosions in everything including a hollow, non-explosive laden crane control box?

Correction: As the film is set in the future, they are obviously using some futuristic hi-ex rounds in the modified weapons.

Corrected entry: How could Murphy possibly regain his memory?. He was shot between the eyes at point blank range. He wouldn't have had much a brain left to regain his memory. Impossible to believe.

Gavin Jackson

Correction: He wasn't shot between the eyes. He was shot on the right hand side of his head, as can be seen in the hospital scene where they try to revive him, and the scar on his head as Robocop, only causing a small amount of brain damage. On top of that he only has about 3 memories which are triggered by familiar surroundings and dreams. No one fully understands how memories work/are stored.

While it did change his personality somewhat, Phineas Gage suffered much the same severity of head injury that Murphy did, his memory survived fine.

Corrected entry: When RoboCop is in the police research room he takes out his spike and turns to put it into the computer. As he turns, the hand moves towards the camera in a completely impossible way, given that his arms are hinged like normal arms - try and replicate that move and you'd do yourself an injury. (00:51:13)


Correction: At no point in the movie are we told that Robo's arms are hinged like normal arms. I believe that a robot should be able to turn his hand completely around. If this is a mistake than the fact that Robo stores his gun in his leg is also a mistake because given that his legs are built like normal legs - try and replicate that and you'd do yourself an injury. Paul Verhoven acknowledged they intended to turn the arm the other way, but there's no reason it couldn't work both ways.

Corrected entry: When all the bad guys meet back up after spending time locked up (the scene where they're playing with the assault cannons provided by Clarence)it is night time, and Clarence announces that "Robocop is in the steel mill, lets go" When they arrive at the mill, it is a very blue sky we are treated to.

Correction: While they'd want to get nearby quickly, in case Murphy tried to make a run for it, they might well have decided not to actually enter the steel mill until daylight. Murphy is most likely capable of seeing in the dark - it would make sense to have given him some sort of low-light capability - whereas they can't. No sense in giving him a tactical advantage.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: When RoboCop and ED-209 are fighting, they are outside Dick's office, on the same floor of the building. ED-209's grenades are firing away from Dick's office, towards RoboCop, but when Dick is on the phone we can see explosions from behind Dick. There is no way these can be ED-209's, so someone else must be trying to blow up the building. (01:09:37)


Correction: If you watch the battle closely you'll notice that the battle actually continues in a hallway next to Dick Jones' office and NOT in the hallway that leads to his office. When ED-209 fires a rocket at Robocop, he moves out of the way and the rocket explodes by a window. This is how Dick Jones was able to see the explosion.

Corrected entry: When he plays back Dick Jones saying he killed Bob Morton, the tone of his voice is changed, and he's looking straight forward. While he recorded it, Jones' tone of voice was calmer, and he was looking to his left at Robocop.

Correction: When Dick Jones first confessed to Robocop that he killed Bob Morton, Dick Jones is looking directly at Robocop. After Dick Jones says, "Now it's time to erase that mistake," he doesn't look to his left but to his right as ED-209 walks past him.

Corrected entry: In the scene in the washroom when Ronny Cox's corporate heavy confronts Miguel Ferrer's opportunist young businessman and gives him the third degree, pulling his hair whilst telling him whose boss. When Ronny Cox has finished threatening him, he walks out, and we are to suppose that he has left the washroom. Look at the circular mirror behind Miguel Ferrer and you'll see that Ronny Cox stops, turns around and stands still, possibly waiting for the scene to finish.

Correction: All you can see in the mirror is Ronnie Cox's hand and the shot doesn't give him enough time to stop, turn around in wait. The mirror shot is only shown for about a second. We hear the door open, there's then only a slight pause where Ronny doesn't seem to move, but he could easily be giving one final dismissive look back into the bathroom, then the scene ends.


Corrected entry: When RoboCop is being tested at the shooting gallery, he twirls his gun. This is an action performed by Murphy when he was alive, and this is done purely to help Lewis realise that RoboCop is Murphy. But this action was not programmed into RoboCop, it was something done by Murphy himself, so shouldn't Bob Morton be worried that his machine was displaying behaviour it was not programmed with?


Correction: It is at all possible that Bob is too pleased with the way that Robocop is performing, and wouldn't care; or maybe he thinks that "improvements" have been made to Robocop's systems.

Corrected entry: When RoboCop is being built we are told that the team were able to save the left arm. When this idea is scrapped and the replacement arm is brought in, we see a right arm. (00:26:04)


Correction: The arm they bring in is NOT a replacement for his left side. Murphy has just had his right arm and shoulder shot off, so it would make sense that the first prototype arm they build would be for his right side.

Corrected entry: When they test Robocop's functions while he sits on the chair, the female scientist says "Record" while the man next to her goes "Aaah" for the third time. But in the playback, the "Aaah" that he says is at a higher pitch. (00:31:45)


Correction: All the voices and sounds in the recordings sound "tinny" and higher-pitched. This is a Hollywood staple for any sound produced by a mechanical device, such as a tape, radio, walkie, etc.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: When Murphy is practising his shots with the stacked baby food jars, his aim is "off", and he asks Lewis to "aim for me". The view through his visor shows the targeting lines are completely "off" and move into perfect position as Lewis moves the weapon. The computer targeting system should have appeared "on", moved "off" as Lewis re-aimed the weapon, and then moved back "on" as the computer re-acquired the target. If the visualization was still in-sync with the aim, then Murphy could have re-acquired the target without assistance.

Correction: We don't know how his targeting system works, or what was wrong. He just said it was "messed up". It is likely he could see his target and his visual display knew where he was actually pointing, but the malfunction prevented him from pointing to the correct spot.

Corrected entry: When Robocop is in the convenience store about to arrest the guy robbing the store, the robber shoots Robocop several times with a machine gun. Robocop walks up, grips the end of the gun, and bends it down. Basic physics dictate that either the robber would be lifted up or the gun would be prised out of his hands rather than the gun barrel bending, unless the robber weighs a ton and has an amazingly strong grip.

Correction: Unknown what the gun barrel is made of, but it appears to be very thin (exterior circumference) and would be extremely hot after the robber fired so many rounds. This combination, along with the robber keeping a tight grip on the weapon with both hands and Robocop very quickly bending it, could allow the barrel to bend in the manner portrayed.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: Throughout the entire film, the OCP logo actually reads 'OPC'. It is completely different than in the second and third films.


Correction: Depends on how you look at it. The P is implied or maybe even "under" the C and could then be read third. It's hard to tell which of the outer circles makes the O. The C is the only letter that is defined in the logo, so you could have read it any which way. There have been logos and insignias that are difficult to interpret, but easily recognizable regardless. Company's change logos when needed, and it would make sense given the change in the old man's philosophy for Robocop2 and the new ownership in Robocop3.

Continuity mistake: Dick Jones brags (admits?) to Robocop, "I had to kill Bob Morton because he made a mistake. Now, it's time to erase that mistake" while Robocop is crouched on the ground, not only looking away from him from across the room, but also Robocop's eyes are in a vertical position. In the playback, Jones is facing the camera as though it were videotaped or filmed in a studio. (01:10:50 - 01:35:10)

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Question: Does anybody know why the name of the ED-209 was changed to ED-260 for the RoboCop cartoon (and, I believe, the toy line)?

Answer: According to Wikipedia the ED-260 is an upgradeable version of the ED-209.

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