RoboCop (1987)

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RoboCop
RoboCop.jpg
Theatrical Poster
Country USA.jpg United States
Directed by Paul Verhoeven
Release Date 1987
Studio Orion Pictures
Distributor Orion Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Alex Murphy (RoboCop) Peter Weller
Anne Lewis Nancy Allen
Richard Jones Ronny Cox
Clarence Boddicker Kurtwood Smith
Robert Morton Miguel Ferrer
Emil Antonowski Paul McCrane
Leon Nash Ray Wise
Sergeant Reed Robert DoQui


RoboCop is the 1987 science fiction action film that marked the first American film directed by Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven (Starship Troopers). Peter Weller stars in the film as Alex Murphy, a Detroit police officer who after being gunned down by a vicious gang, is resurrected by a mega-corporation as the cybernetic law enforcement officer of the future. As he begins his new life as "RoboCop", Murphy starts to regain a bit of his humanity with the help of his former partner Anne Lewis (Nancy Allen). The popularity of the RoboCop character would spawn two more feature films, a 1994 live-action series, two animated television series, a four-part movie miniseries as well as a 2014 remake.



The following weapons were used in the film RoboCop (1987):

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Handguns

Beretta 93R (as the "Auto 9")

The main weapon used by RoboCop (Peter Weller) is the "Auto 9". This is a Beretta 93R machine pistol which was heavily modified for the film, featuring a longer barrel with an enormous compensator/flash hider shaped like a casket, plastic grips, and a taller rear sight to match the raised front sight. Typically, RoboCop fires this weapon in 3-round burst mode. The fictional stats of the weapon claim it has an implausibly huge 50-round magazine.

Beretta 93R "Auto 9" - 9x19mm
RoboCop fires his Auto 9 on the range.
A close-up of the Auto 9's compensator in action, as RoboCop practices at the range.
RoboCop (Peter Weller) retracts his Auto 9 at the police firing range.
The Auto 9 during the drug lab shootout.
RoboCop shows that he can fire his Auto-9 without targeting visually.
RoboCop (Peter Weller) unmasked, aims his Auto-9 at Boddicker.

SIG-Sauer P226

Detroit Police Department Officer Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) carries the SIG-Sauer P226 in 9x19mm as his sidearm before he becomes RoboCop. His partner, Anne Lewis (Nancy Allen) also uses one in the abandoned factory and throughout the remainder of the film, although it appears that her sidearm was a P9S earlier.

(There has been some debate on RoboCop message boards over whether this gun is a P220 or a P226. It is definitely a P226 because the frame of the gun has the prominent bulges along the side, visible between the takedown switch and the decocker, which make the frame wider so that the gun can accommodate a double-stack magazine. The P220, which takes a single-stack magazine, lacks these; the sides of the receiver appear smooth rather than bulged, even from a distance.)

While the pistol was briefly featured earlier in both Rambo: First Blood Part II and Short Circuit, RoboCop is still one of the earliest films to feature the P226, and likely the first film to ever feature the gun prominently in actual firing sequences.

SIG-Sauer P226 - 9x19mm
Murphy practices twirling his SIG-Sauer P226 on his finger. Visible in this image are the bulges on the side of the frame to fit a double-stack magazine, which is the key difference between the P226 and the single-stack P220.
Murphy aims his P226 at Emil and tells him "Dead or alive, you're coming with me."
Lewis with her P226, although earlier in the chase it appeared that her weapon was a P9S.
"Mind if I.. zip this up?" Lewis holds her P226 on Joe Cox (Jesse D. Goins).

IMI Desert Eagle Mark I

Clarence Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith) uses two different types of the Desert Eagle in the film. His main weapon is an Desert Eagle Mark I in .357 Magnum with an elongated threaded barrel (sometimes fitted with a suppressor). He also uses one without the extended barrel during the drug lab shootout. A chrome (or possibly nickel) version is used by Dick Jones (Ronny Cox) in the climax of the film. The chrome pistol is the same weapon used in the infamous scene in which the hapless OCP executive Kinney (Kevin Page) is hamburgered whilst "threatening" the ED-209 prototype. The Desert Eagle was originally supposed to be RoboCop's main firearm, but it looked too small in RoboCop's hands once the suit was completed.

IMI Desert Eagle Mark I - .357 Magnum. (One of the guns used by Kurtwood Smith has a threaded barrel.)
Clarence Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith) holds his suppressed Desert Eagle. The suppressor is somewhat pointless, as he blows the house up moments later.
Clarence with the Desert Eagle during the final confrontation. Note the extended & threaded barrel.
Clarence with the Desert Eagle during the factory shootout. Note that this Desert Eagle doesn't have the extended/threaded barrel.
Matte Stainless Desert Eagle MK I - .357 Magnum. The weapon in the film has a shiny, polished finish.
OCP executive Kinney (Kevin Page) nervously holds the polished chrome (or nickel) Desert Eagle Mark I on ED-209.
"Anybody tries to stop me, and the old geezer gets it!" Robovision shows Dick Jones (Ronny Cox) holding the chrome/nickel Desert Eagle on 'The Old Man' (Dan O'Herlihy).

Beretta 92F

Joe Cox (Jesse D. Goins) uses a Beretta 92F during the shootout at the drug lab, as does at least one of Sal's thugs.

Beretta 92F - 9x19mm
Mexican standoff: Steve Minh with his Mossberg 500 Cruiser shotgun, Joe Cox with his Beretta 92F, and one of Sal's men with a Detonics Scoremaster.
Joe Cox with his Beretta 92F.

Detonics ScoreMaster

During the Nightclub scene, RoboCop arrests Leon Nash (Ray Wise) who pulls out a Detonics ScoreMaster, which RoboCop promptly knocks out of his hand. Sal's (Lee de Broux) bodyguard (Allan Graf) in the drug lab also uses a Detonics Scoremaster.

Detonics ScoreMaster - .45 ACP
A clubgoer catches Leon's Detonics ScoreMaster after it's knocked out of his hands by RoboCop.
"Oooooh! Guns, guns, guns!" Sal's bodyguard (Allan Graf) on the upper right aims his Detonics Scoremaster.
Sal's thug fires his Detonics ScoreMaster while Sal fires a Micro Uzi.

Heckler & Koch P9S

The Heckler & Koch P9S is the standard sidearm of the Detroit Police Department in the movie. Lewis is seen giving a P9S to Murphy during the van chase and Murphy uses it during the shootout with Clarence Boddicker's men (although it appears that she carries a SIG later). Later on the station range, we see many police officers firing their P9s, indicating clearly that this weapon is their standard-issue. Several SWAT officers who open fire on RoboCop use the P9S as well.

Heckler & Koch P9S - 9x19mm
Murphy fires his SIG-Sauer P226 and Lewis' Heckler & Koch P9S at Boddicker's gang.
Detroit PD officers practice on the range with their P9s while RoboCop fires his Auto 9 in the background.
A closeup of a P9S being fired at RoboCop when as SWAT opens fire on him in the OCP parking garage.

Submachine Guns

Sterling Mark 6

A semi-automatic civilian version of the Sterling SMG, the Sterling Mark 6 Semiautomatic Carbine (recognizable by its 16" barrel, necessary to comply with gun laws in the U.S.) is seen used by the convenience store robber (Mike Moroff). It was imported for commercial sale into the U.S. during the 1980s and banned from import after 1989 (under the so-called Congressional Assault Weapons Ban, which, however, expired in the 2000s). The carbine is fired semiautomatic throughout the robbery. Robocop renders this weapon useless by bending the barrel under the receiver of the gun - a notable goof, as the robber would need to be as strong as RoboCop in order for him hold the weapon still as the barrel was twisted around.

Sterling Submachine Gun - 9x19mm
The convenience store robber with his Sterling Mk 6, a semiautomatic Civilian version of the Sterling SMG.

MAC-10

When Emil Antonowsky (Paul McCrane) robs the gas station he threatens the clerk with an Ingram MAC-10 fitted with a recoil compensator and a modified folding stock. One of the same MAC-10's was also used in several episodes of Miami Vice.

Ingram MAC 10 open-bolt Submachine gun - .45 ACP
"I bet you think you're pretty smart, huh? Think you can outsmart a bullet?" Emil with his MAC-10 on the bookworm gas station attendant.
Another view of Emil and the MAC-10.

Intratec TEC-9 Mini

A Intratec TEC-9 mini with the barrel shroud removed can be seen in the hands of one of the guards at the cocaine factory.

Intratec TEC-9 Mini with barrel shroud removed - 9x19mm
The guard in the walkway at the top holds the TEC-9 mini.

Uzi

Deranged ex civil-servant Ron Miller (Mark Carlton), whom RoboCop punches out a window, uses a full-size Uzi in his siege of City Hall.

IMI Uzi - 9x19mm
Miller holds his Uzi with an extended stock in his siege of the Detroit City Hall.
Miller points his Uzi on the mayor right before RoboCop smashes through the wall.

Micro Uzi

The Micro Uzi is used by several of Sal's men as well as Sal himself in the cocaine factory shootout.

Micro Uzi with 15 rd magazine - 9x19mm
One of Sal's thugs firing his Micro Uzi on semi-auto at RoboCop.

Shotguns

Mossberg 5500

Clarence Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith) uses a modified Mossberg 5500, a short-barreled semi-automatic shotgun with a shortened barrel and heat shield, to fire at Murphy and Lewis during the highway chase and then to blow Murphy's limbs off during his death scene. Additional modification includes a Telescoping wire stock taken from a Daewoo K1-A1 rifle. Another 5500 with heat-shield is seen in the hands of a Detroit SWAT officer during the hostage incident at City Hall.

Mossberg 5500 - 12 Gauge
Clarence Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith) holds his custom Mossberg 5500 as he prepares to fire at the police car.
Clarence holds his Mossberg on Murphy.
In RoboCop's POV, a SWAT officer is seen with the full size Mossberg 5500.

Mossberg 500 Bullpup

Mossberg 500 Bullpup shotguns are used by the Detroit SWAT teams, seen during the standoff at City Hall and when the police open fire on RoboCop at the OCP building.

Mossberg 500 Bullpup - 12 Gauge
A SWAT officer holds a Mossberg 500 Bullpup shotgun during the standoff at the Detroit City Hall.
Lieutenant Hedgecock (Michael Gregory) gives the order for the SWAT officers to open fire on RoboCop with their Mossberg 500 Bullpup shotguns.

Mossberg 500 Cruiser

Steve Minh (Calvin Jung) wields a Mossberg 500 Cruiser with a distinctive sling swivel at the front throughout the movie, notably in the drug lab shootout.

Mossberg 500 Cruiser with plain barrel, no heat shield - 12 Gauge
Minh does a one-handed pump of his Mossberg.
Minh opens fire on RoboCop with his Mossberg.

Franchi SPAS-12

The Franchi SPAS-12 is used by one of Sal's men during the drug lab shootout and by at least one SWAT officer during the standoff at the Detroit City Hall.

Franchi SPAS-12 with stock folded and butt-hook removed - 12 Gauge
One of Sal's thugs with a SPAS-12.
The SWAT officer on the left at city hall aims his SPAS-12 with the stock extended as Hedgecock negotiates at City Hall.

Remington 870

Boddicker's crew uses several Remington 870 shotguns, all of which have folding stocks. They appear to be standard 'Police Magnum Folder' variants, though at least one has an extended magazine tube.

Remington 870 Police Magnum with folding stock - 12 Gauge
A Remington appears to be the shotgun carried in Murphy and Lewis's squad car.
One of Boddicker's men lays down a Remington 870 with folding stock - 12 Gauge. This appears to be a standard 'Police Magnum' variant, with the regular wooden foregrip.
Remington 870 Police Magnum folding stock with 20" barrel and extended magazine tube - 12 gauge.
Murphy takes out one of Boddicker's men when he tries to grab his Remington 870. Note that the 870 he drops has an extended magazine tube, despite it previously having a standard mag tube when he lays it down (Previous screencap).
Joe Cox opens fire on Lewis and Murphy with his Remington. Behind him, Leon Nash (Ray Wise) uses an Ithaca 37.
Leon Nash (Ray Wise) with a Remington 870. Note that the stock appears to be removed.

Ithaca 37 (Extended Mag Tube and pistol grip)

Leon Nash (Ray Wise) uses an Ithaca 37 with pistol-grip and extended magazine tube during the van chase with Lewis and Murphy. He switches to a Remington 870 in the warehouse (presumably using Joe Cox's 870), while Emil Antonowsky (Paul McCrane) uses the Ithaca.

Ithaca 37 with extended magazine tube and pistol grip - 12 Gauge
Leon Nash (Ray Wise) holds the Ithaca 37 with extended mag tube and pistol grip.
Leon Nash opens fire on Lewis and Murphy with his Ithaca 37 while Joe Cox uses a Remington 870.
Emil Antonowsky (Paul McCrane) holds the Ithaca.

Remington 1100

One of the guards at the cocaine factory fires at RoboCop with what appears to be a Remington 1100 with extended magazine tube.

Remington 1100 Tactical with pistol grip - 12 Gauge
A guard opens fire on Robo with the Remington.

Rifles

Steyr AUG

Another weapon used by the Detroit SWAT officers is the Steyr AUG assault rifle. It's used seen when SWAT is ordered to open fire on RoboCop at the OCP building. When the SWAT officers advance on RoboCop, their AUG's are held sideways to eject the brass cartridges downwards. Apparently, these are loaded with high-penetration rounds, because they can somehow damage Robocop, whereas he is impervious to the AK rounds fired at him in the cocaine factory.

Steyr AUG - 5.56x45mm
As the SWAT officers firing at RoboCop, the two on the right fire Steyr AUG's. Note that they are holding the rifles sideways to deflect the brass downwards.

Daewoo K1A1

A Daewoo K1A1 is used by several of Sal's men in the drug lab shootout including Sal's bodyguard (Allan Graf).

Daewoo K1A1 - 5.56x45mm
Sal's bodyguard (Allan Graf) is shot by RoboCop but still keeps his finger on the trigger of his Daewoo K1A1.

AKM

Some of Sal's men during the drug lab shootout are seen with AKM assault rifles fitted with black furniture.

AKM - 7.62x39mm
One of Sal's thugs firing an AKM at RoboCop.

Other

Barrett M82 (as the "Cobra Assault Cannon")

When Clarence Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith) and his gang are asked by Dick Jones (Ronny Cox) to kill RoboCop, they are provided with an experimental military weapon being developed by OCP called the "Cobra Assault Cannon". The Cobras are actually older-specification Barrett M82 long-range .50 BMG rifles which have been dressed up extra plastic housing over the receivers and fitted with gigantic scopes (The scopes were originally supposed to show computer-generated targeting information, but this idea was scrapped due to budget constraints). The Cobra fires some type of powerful high explosive incendiary round that explodes upon impact (judging by the lack of substantial recoil, this is likely some form of low-pressure grenade); in the film, Clarence Boddicker memorably tests the weapon by firing it at the 6000 SUX sedan stolen by Joe Cox (Jesse D. Goins), destroying the vehicle (much to Cox's chagrin). Anne Lewis (Nancy Allen) obtains one of these rifles and uses it against Leon Nash (Ray Wise) during the shootout at the abandoned steel mill. After RoboCop and Lewis take out Boddicker and his gang, RoboCop takes one of the Cobra Assault Cannons (presumably, the same one used by Lewis) to the OCP office building and uses it to destroy the ED-209 Robot out in front.

Barrett M82 - .50 BMG
Clarence demonstrates the power of the Cobra Assault Cannon.
Emil {Paul McCrane} with his Cobra Assault Cannon.
Joe Cox gets shot by RoboCop while holding his Cobra Assault Cannon.
Lewis holds the Cobra Assault Cannon.
RoboCop himself finds the Cobra Assault Cannon useful for taking down ED-209. Note the gun has a sustained a stovepipe jam with an crimp-nosed blank.

FN Minimi

One of the SWAT officers who fires upon Robocop at the OCP building uses an FN Minimi. The Minimi used in this scene is a full-size variant (as evidenced by the stock) which has had its barrel cut down.

FN Minimi - 5.56x45mm
SWAT officers firing at RoboCop; the officer on the left has an FN Minimi while the other two have Steyr AUGs (they are holding them sideways to deflect the brass).
Another view of the SWAT officer with the FN Minimi (others have the H&K P9S). Note the shortened barrel.

MM1 Grenade Launcher

An MM1 grenade launcher is briefly shown being used by one of the SWAT officers that are ordered to open fire on RoboCop.

MM1 grenade launcher - 40mm
An officer in the background (towards the left) wields an MM1 behind two officers using Mossberg 500 Bullpup shotguns.

ED-209 Armaments

The Enforcement Droid series 209, or simply, ED-209, is armed with numerous heavy weapons. Referred as having a 'modular weapons system', the left 'gun-arm' contains two 20mm cannons while the right contains a single 20mm gun and three missile launchers (firing heat-seeking missiles). The ED-209 unit also contained twin launchers in a pocket behind the head that could fire either explosive mortar rounds or gas grenades - These weapons were in the design but were never used in the film. The cannons are used on the hapless executive Kinney during its initial demonstration in the boardroom scene. Both the cannons and missiles are also seen fired at RoboCop when he confronts Dick Jones inside the OCP building later in the film.

Phil Tippett, who animated the stop-motion Imperial Walkers in the Star Wars films The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, directed the stop-motion animation of the ED-209 unit, which included the guns' firing. The muzzle flashes were created with pieces of cotton (stretched numerous ways), painted a special orange color, and lit with flash-bulb tubes modified to be placed inside the guns of the actual ED-209 miniature. The effect was enhanced with a large amount of optical diffusion to give the 'flashes' the more 'burned-in' look of gunfire.

"YOU HAVE 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY..." The ED-209 brings its weapons to bear.
ED-209 fires its cannons at Kinney. Apparently, the ED-209 has perfect targeting because there is no collateral damage despite the heavy caliber.
ED-209 moves its right gun-arm cannon on RoboCop (Peter Weller) but Robo grabs it and shoves it away just before ED fires. ED continues firing as Robo shoves the gun towards ED's left gun-arm, destroying it.
ED-209 readies its missiles.
ED-209 fires one of its missiles at RoboCop. The missiles were actual rockets guided with wires. To the the right, the blown-up remains of the left gun-arm.
Out of missiles, ED-209 chases after RoboCop, firing its remaining cannon.

See Also

RoboCop Franchise
Peter Weller RoboCop (1987)  •  RoboCop 2 (1990)
Robert John Burke RoboCop 3 (1993)
Richard Eden RoboCop: The Series (1994-1995)
Page Fletcher RoboCop: Dark Justice (2001)   •  RoboCop: Meltdown (2001)  •  RoboCop: Resurrection (2001)  •  RoboCop: Crash & Burn (2001)
Joel Kinnaman RoboCop (2014)


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