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RoboCop 2 (1990)

Cyborg law enforcer RoboCop returns to protect the citizens of old Detroit but faces a deadly challenge when a rogue OCP member secretly creates a new, evil RoboCop 2.


Irvin Kershner


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Glover ... Magnavolt Salesman
Mario Machado ... Casey Wong
Leeza Gibbons ... Jess Perkins
John Ingle ... Surgeon General
Tom Noonan ... Cain
Roger Aaron Brown ... Whittaker
Mark Rolston ... Stef
Lila Finn Lila Finn ... Homeless Woman
John Hateley John Hateley ... Purse Snatcher
Gage Tarrant Gage Tarrant ... Hooker
Thomas Rosales Jr. ... Chet (as Tommy Rosales)
Brandon Smith ... Flint
Wallace Merck ... Gun Shop Owner
Peter Weller ... Robocop
Michael Medeiros ... Catzo


After a successful deployment of the Robocop Law Enforcement unit, OCP sees its goal of urban pacification come closer and closer, but as this develops, a new narcotic known as "Nuke" invades the streets led by God-delirious leader Cane. As this menace grows, it may prove to be too much for Murphy to handle. OCP tries to replicate the success of the first unit, but ends up with failed prototypes with suicidal issues... until Dr. Faxx, a scientist straying away from OCP's path, uses Cane as the new subject for the Robocop 2 project, a living God. Written by Aldo Della Rocca

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Release Date:

22 June 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

RoboCop II See more »


Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,145,411, 24 June 1990

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


| (FSK 16)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Irvin Kershner's final film. See more »


When the surgeons harvest Cain's brain, it takes very little time and appears only to involve the brain. Later, the jar specimen shows a brain and complete spinal cord, which would take much longer and would be much more difficult. See more »


[first lines]
Magnavolt Salesman: MagnaVolt - the final word in auto security. No embarrassing alarm noise, no need to trouble the police... and it won't even run down your battery!
Commercial Voiceover: MagnaVolt! Lethal Response!
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Crazy Credits

Listed as a Tobor Production. Tobor is Robot spelled backwards. See more »

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Another bit was cut from the UK video version when Cain and his goons escape from the drug house at the beginning. When Cain opens the car door, he finds a Chinese woman babbling incomprehensibly and shoots her. The shooting was cut, though it was shown on UK network TV, along with Duffy's death, in full. See more »


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16 August 2003 | by jrefereeSee all my reviews

I saw RoboCop 2 for the first time when I was 11 or 12. I loved the first one knew I had to see the second one after I saw the previews (Like the previews of any pre-era the early nineties movie previews proved to be more accurate when it came to showing what a film would be about than now with how you're misled to what a film will be about). When I saw these previews I had no doubt in my mind that this was going to be great. My only disappointment with the film after I saw it was how it ended so abruptly. Having watched it over 10 times now with a better understanding and appreciation for how it was created I realize how everything in the movie was very organized (even the ending)and formulaic. The movie is sheer gold. The Director made a masterpiece. It seems as the years go by this movie seems to be comfortably classified as an "Ultra Violent" film. That's fine with me, there have been many great films now turned into cult classics that are known to be "Ultra violent" (Shogun Assassin is one among the many). I want to get down to the definition of how a film can be called ultra violent. When a film tries to depict a real world through the story it's telling and has it's characters being shown dying in incredibly brutal and somewhat exaggerated ways it gets the "Ultra Violent" sticker. The climax of Robocop 2 shows many reporters and other bystanders being gunned down by the huge Cain as he goes on a rampage to get the drug (Nuke) he desires and to kill the first Robocop Murphy. These people are shown getting shot as if it were live footage. All the while Cain is being programmed by the large corporation OCP to do away with Murphy i.e. the people's person. What more could you ask for in an action film, Metaphors are everywhere. These victims faces are that of "this wasn't supposed to be in the script". Through out this violent entanglement we are getting a lesson in economics and capitalism. The message: Corporations are big and crush anything in there way. Anything having to do with public assistance is similar to that of socialism. The first shots of the film depicting a decrepit like Detroit are a great example of this.

Not only was Robocop 2 able to pack in decent dialogue to move the story along and gobs of action that looked sufficiently believable (considering the fact that Robocop can't run,jump, or duck) than anything I've seen coming out today (The Matrix has been over done, played out), you get a lesson in corporate politics on what could happen when a democratic city government seeks help from a large corporation (OCP) to keep it from going bankrupt. I applaud films that don't try to beat around the bush when people are being killed. If anyone has every witnessed bloodshed there's nothing to be proud of; it's sick and hurts everyone surrounding it whether dead or alive. The only films I can think of where it looked appropriate to make death look good and un-daring were the pre 1980 James Bond films, Roger Moore had such a smooth look about himself when ever he did away with an enemy whether using a gun or a ledge. I have so much respect for Kershner for making Robocop 2. I don't know the story on how the film was created but I'll bet that no body saw this coming. He seems to have made this thing out of the blue, how it got to be so righteously violent could have only been coincidence. Robocop 1 was a good movie no doubt, but Robocop 2 is a great example of what you can do with special effects to carry a film that critics say didn't have a strong cast or plot line. Robocop 2 seemed to add on to what part one left out, only they added tens times the action and carnage. The villain in robocop 2 (Cain, in human form and especially robot form) has stood out to be the best villian I've even seen to balance out that of good and evil in a movie. That scene where he enters the warehouse and begins to massacre the people inside by turning out all the lights terrified me for months when I saw it for the first time. Cain was a killing machine and had all types of crazy different gadgets to extinguish his victims with. You definitely get to see his carnival assortment of machinery when he battles with Murphy at the end. I was even scared for Murphy when Cain went at him like a locomotive. A great film sequence that gets my blood going every time I see it starts off with Murphy entering the auditorium with the famed cobra gun from the first film saying "Cain! Lets step outside!" and ending with Murphy inviting Cain ("Your coming with me Cain") to tumble off a 100 story building ripping through the bottom of the street. What gets the whole thing going is when Murphy is at the top of the building inside the elevator shaft looking down only to see Cain coming up towards him at full speed like a hideous beast with huge fangs. The scene looks dark and terrifying. Cain tackles the both of them to the outside edge of the top of OCP's headquarters where they cling for dear life. Robocop is all time "fearless hero" as he sacrifices himself to stop Cain from killing initiating the both of them in falling off the building. I still melt in excitement at how that sequence was shot.

Robocop 2 is the best example when it comes to what American directors can do with special effects. Hong Kong directors reign over how to do gun battles and Kung-Fu but Kershner proved with Robocop 2 that America films rule when it comes to special effects. It appears that I'll have to be the one to create the next action packed special effects "Ultra Violent" film considering that I've seen no movie come close (that's right, in the year is 2003) to anything robocop 2 ever did. It's by far the best example I've seen to what you can do with a robot playing the lead role who talks in monotone, can't run (again), and shows no emotions. Let the legacy live on.

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