In the second movie, a ruthless OCP executive creates a new, improved robot-cop: a ten foot tall, powerful monster. There's just one little problem: it has a brain salvaged from a convicted felon. And now he's out to get RoboCop...talk about good cop/bad cop!
There was also a three-movie series called Maniac Cop. This was sort of the evil twin of Robocop. Set in the dark inner-city, a cop gone bad and out to out-bad the bad guys. The first one stars Bruce Campbell, with Sheree North as a bitter crippled policewoman.
A tv series about RoboCop followed the original 3 robocop movies, though none
of the episodes appear to be available on videotape.
A number of actors have appeared in the RoboCop films:
RoboCop: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen (as Murphy's partner), Ronny Cox (the corporate bad guy), Kurtwood Smith, Dan O'Herlihy (the appalled Chairman of the Board),
Director: Paul Verhoeven (who also directed Total Recall and Starship Troopers).
RoboCop 2: Weller and Allen, plus Belinda Bauer, Gabriel Damon, Tom Noonan, DanO'Herlihy
and director Irvin Kershner (director of 007 movie Never Say Never Again, The Empire Strikes Back, and Eyes of Laura Mars).
RoboCop 3: Robert John Burke (as the new RoboCop) Rip Torn, Jill Hennessy, Remy Ryan, CCH Pounder, Dan O'Herlihy
and director: Fred Dekker (who also directed Monstervision movie House, 1986).
Here's a list of videos available, followed by this month's episodes/movies on tv/cable:
Robocop 3 (1993)
Robocop 2 (1990)
Maniac Cop (1988)
Cop 3 (1992)
Monstervision's Joe Bob Briggs looks at Maniac Cop and Maniac Cop 2 including Drive-In Totals
Check the Sci Fi Channel movies page and for movies this month. American Movie Classics had "RoboCop 3" recently, and The Movie Channel had RoboCop 2. Robot Jox has been on Spike (TNN)
Previous 2006/2007 broadcasts: RoboCop (Peter Weller) Mon Oct 16 07:15P on Starz Edge RoboCop 2 (Peter Weller) Wed Nov 8 02:00A on Mystery Sat Nov 11 01:45A on Encore RoboCop 3 (Robert John Burke as Robocop vs. Mako as a merciless Cyber-Ninja) Mon Dec 25 09:15A, 2:45P & 8:20P on Action Screamers (Peter Weller, 1995) In 2078 a planet is overrun by robotic killers who take human form Thu Jun 21 08:00P on Cinemax
This 8-hour miniseries is set ten years after the original. Delta City is now considered "the safest place on Earth" and RoboCop/Alex Murphy is beginning to feel his age. For one thing, his fully-grown son is both unaware of his father's survival and is an executive of OCP, the corporation that "owns" Delta City. What's a father who is made mostly of steel to do? It followed a Saturday, July 14, 2001, 4:00 PM SCINEMA FEATURE showing of the movie ROBOCOP 3
New RoboCop series aired on Sci Fi channel last July, 2001
ROBOCOP: PRIME DIRECTIVESPart I Monday, July 16, 2001 at 9PM & Midnight ET/PT Part II Tuesday, July 17 Part III Wednesday, July 18 Part IV Thursday, July 19
Sept. 5, 2000, WHEN JUSTICE FAILS
Previous Sci-Fi channel episode broadcasts:
Sept 12, THE HUMAN FACTOR
Sept 19, INSIDE CRIME (a reality-show profiling Robocop and the criminals he's after - live)
Sept 26, ROBOCOP VS. COMMANDER CASH
No more episodes or movies scheduled until:
Saturday, January 22, 2000, 9:00 PM & repeated in 4 hours, SCINEMA EVENT (movie) "ROBOCOP 3"
August 14, 10:00 AM, ROBOCOP MARATHON:
THE FUTURE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT
THE FUTURE OF LAW ENFORCEMEN
WHEN JUSTICE FALLS
THE HUMAN FACTOR
MIDNIGHT MINUS ONE Sun, September 24, 8:00 PM, SCINEMA FEATURE: ROBOCOP 3
Mon, October 16, 10:00 AM, ROBOCOP marathon:GHOSTS OF WAR ZONE FIVE PROVISION 22 FACES OF EVE TIN MAN SISTERS IN CRIMEClick here if you think you can take on RoboCop
There was also "Psycho Cop," not to be confused with Psycho Scarecrow...Maniac Cop, or Vampire Cop (also Joe Bob reviews)
Email: Bill Laidlaw@ocp