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RoboCop: Prime Directives 

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Thirteen years after the original Robocop, Delta City, considered to be "The Safest Place On Earth!", has become a futuristic city owned and operated by OCP, and RoboCop, Alex Murphy has ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Page Fletcher ...  Alex J. Murphy / ... 4 episodes, 2001
Maurice Dean Wint ...  John Terrence Cable / ... 4 episodes, 2001
Maria del Mar ...  Sara Cable 4 episodes, 2001
Anthony Lemke ...  James Murphy 4 episodes, 2001
Kevin Jubinville ...  Damian Lowe 4 episodes, 2001
David Fraser David Fraser ...  Ed Hobley 4 episodes, 2001
Rogue Johnston Rogue Johnston ...  Malcolm X-Plosion 4 episodes, 2001
Mif ...  Chuck Conflagration 4 episodes, 2001
Ted Ludzik ...  Johnny Nitro 4 episodes, 2001
James Purcell James Purcell ...  Motor City Mangler 4 episodes, 2001
James Downing ...  Trooper Kirk DC 4 episodes, 2001
Brendan Wall Brendan Wall ...  Lead OCP Trooper 4 episodes, 2001
Brian Paul ...  Chief of Police 4 episodes, 2001
Daniel Levinson Daniel Levinson ...  DC Trooper 4 episodes, 2001
Kevin Rushton ...  Trooper McCoy DC 4 episodes, 2001
Brittney Banks Brittney Banks ...  Trooper Wilma DC 4 episodes, 2001
Carlos Diaz ...  Jenkins OCP 4 episodes, 2001
James Binkley James Binkley ...  Quill 4 episodes, 2001
John Jay Hebert ...  Officer Down DC 4 episodes, 2001
Kenny Robinson Kenny Robinson ...  Ned Shyster 4 episodes, 2001
Kelly Fiddick Kelly Fiddick ...  Benni 4 episodes, 2001
Neville Edwards Neville Edwards ...  Ned Gummel 4 episodes, 2001
François Klanfer François Klanfer ...  Dr. Lester Worth 4 episodes, 2001
Philip DeWilde Philip DeWilde ...  Meeker 4 episodes, 2001
Rosalie Mcdougall Rosalie Mcdougall ...  Mother 4 episodes, 2001
Garfield Andrews Garfield Andrews ...  OCP Executive 4 episodes, 2001
Murray McRae Murray McRae ...  Board Member 4 episodes, 2001
Panou ...  Man 4 episodes, 2001
Jodi Pape Jodi Pape ...  Woman 4 episodes, 2001
Daisy White Daisy White ...  Elderly Woman 4 episodes, 2001
Adam Large Adam Large ...  Construction Worker 4 episodes, 2001
David Macniven ...  Lawyer 4 episodes, 2001
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Eugene Clark ...  Carver RH 1 episode, 2001
Leslie Ann Coles ...  Ashley St. John-Smyth 1 episode, 2001
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Sara Sahr Sara Sahr ...  P.J. Flinders 1 episode, 2001
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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »






Release Date:

16 July 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robocop 4 See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Richard Eden wanted to reprise his role as Robocop for the "Robocop: Prime Directives" miniseries after the Robocop TV series was cancelled, but the negotiations never worked out. See more »


At the end of the second part, Meltdown, this quote is given: "The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that man may become robots." The film credits it to Thoreau, which is impossible, as the word "robot" did not enter the English language until more than sixty years after Thoreau's death. This quote is actually from Erich Fromm. See more »


RoboCable: What are you prepared to do?
James Murphy: Whatever it takes.
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Alternate Versions

The Region 1 DVD release by Lions Gate Home Entertainment, does not include the addition scene where Robocop deletes files from his past. The DVD is also encoded in 2.0 Surround, while the overseas DVD release is in 5.1 audio. See more »


References Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) See more »

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Robocop's requiem.
9 November 2013 | by xamtaroSee all my reviews

Three movies, a live action TV series and two cartoons later, ROBOCOP returns with a made-for-TV miniseries "ROBOCOP: PRIME DIRECTIVES". This miniseries consisted of four movies which attempted to bring back the gritty and darker tone of the first movie, as well as some social satire. For all intents and purposes, what we have is an ambitious project limited by lack of budget and inexperience of the creative team.

Our story begins 10 years after the first movie (ignoring the continuity of the other movies and TV series). Robocop is obsolete and weary of his years trying to bring peace to the crime ridden Delta City. The megacorporation OCP, who runs the city, is experiencing inner turmoil among the management. Due to new policies preventing use of lethal force by the police, a crime wave is sweeping the city. From Kamikaze gangs to a psycho in Halloween armour armed with machine guns and rockets, this town is going to hell. Fortunately, they have a new kick ass police commander JohnCable; a dual pistol wielding ol fashioned cowboy cop. Oh, and Robocop, the supposedly invincible enforcer of law who spends the entire miniseries getting owned.

Every character goes on about how awesome Robocop is, every criminal mentions his name in fear, you never see that. What you get is Robocop being blasted, kicked down, smashed, electrocuted and pummeled in every other combat scene. He only manages to take down people who refuse to take cover in a firefight.

This brings me the portrayal of Robocop himself played by Page Fletcher. Fletcher is a fine actor, able to convey heavy emotions with his voice and mannerism. He is not, however, I anyway suited to the role. For starters, he is short. As in really short. And the bulky oversized armour only makes him look shorter. Everyone including the old female scientist is taller than him. His Robocop is a stumbling dwarf, always marching with his fists balled up. On the flip side, with his helmet off, Robocop looks like an old man and even acts like one. Nothing is done to make him machine-like. He very visibly pants when tired, swallows hard when scared, he even sweats.

So a crappy Robocop headlines 4 made-for-TV movie length episodes of the miniseries. On the bright side, what the 4 episodes do is attempt to remake and redo some very classic elements from Robocop media history. You have a new more advanced Robocop, something Robocop 2 should have been about. You have a advanced Artificial Intelligence meant to automate the entire city, like th pilot episode of the 90s TV series. Lastly, you have a tale of a machine regaining his humanity. Throughout this story is the tale of James Murphy, son of Alex Murphy, who is now a young executive caught up in the turmoil in OCP. James must come to terms with the discovery of his father's identity as Robocop as father slowly reunites with son.

The overall story is good for its drama. The actors are spot on in their portrayals and it is generally well written with many of the themes inherent in the original films. Of particular note is the hammy Kaydick and the absolutely obnoxious Damien. A huge plus is the miniseries return to R-Rated violence rather than the kid friendly style of fighting in the TV series and Robocop 3.

Sadly the execution is less than sub-par. Director Julian Grant brings a lazy hand to the directing and seems to have this obsession with skip-frame slo mo (the kind of jerky slo mo you get when shooting something at half the usual Frames Per Second). The overall low budget look to the production is heightened by dated special effects, unremarkable camera-work and crappy costumes. The New cyber terrorist villains have the fashion sense of the Matrix characters, all tight, black and trench coats. They have cartoony electrical powers and can move at super speed with a basic blur effect. The low budget is most obvious in the Robopcop suits. During action scenes, they come apart at the seams letting you clearly see the black leotard underneath.

With this, Prime Directives sounded the death knell of the classic Robocop franchise. Perhaps in this new century of movies with fast kicking kung fu combat, high tech special effects and tighter narratives, the concept of classic Robocop as a walking tank is in itself obsolete. With this sad closure to a once remarkably original franchise, perhaps the new reboot in 2014 would be a much welcome revival of the concept.

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