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Omar Ahmed

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325253

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325253.001.0001

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The Legacy of RoboCop

The Legacy of RoboCop

(p.97) Chapter 4: The Legacy of RoboCop

Omar Ahmed

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores the legacy of Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop in terms of the original critical reception, the film's relationship with its two sequels, and the marketing of the film. Released in the summer season of 1987, RoboCop was an unexpected commercial success, leading to the creation of the RoboCop universe, extending into television, video games, animation, and numerous sequels. The chapter then considers Verhoeven's work in the Hollywood science-fiction genre. The success of RoboCop led to an interest in science-fiction cinema that would lead Verhoeven to direct three more science-fiction films: Total Recall (1990), Starship Troopers (1997), and Hollow Man (2000). None of the films are pure science fiction but hybrids, fusing conventions from a broad range of genres including war movie, horror, and the political thriller.

Keywords:   Paul Verhoeven, RoboCop, RoboCop universe, Hollywood science-fiction genre, science-fiction cinema, science-fiction films, Total Recall, Starship Troopers, Hollow Man

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