film program
04.07. at 21:15h
Summer cinema Tuskanac
Country: USA
1987, 102min
Paul Verhoeven
Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Miguel Ferrer
Official Trailer
Sinopsis: Good genre movies retain their brilliance after a number of years, and 20 years down the track RoboCop is still wonderfulness in video form. It works in any genre you want to cast it in: sci-fi, action, revenge, crime, noir – RoboCop is all things to all people. The performances are all excellent – Weller's take on the cyborg cop is unbeatable – understated and sympathetic, Miguel Ferrer is so sleazy it hurts, and Kurtwood Smith's take on bad-guy Clarence Boddicker is brilliance incarnate. The action never stops, and if anything gets more and more extreme as the film continues, certainly the guns get bigger and bigger.
Bio: Paul Verhoeven graduated from the University of Leiden, with a degree in math and physics. He entered the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he began his film career by making documentaries for the Navy and later for TV. In 1969, he directed the popular Dutch TV series, Floris (1969), about a medieval knight. This featured actor Rutger Hauer, who has appeared in many of Verhoeven's later films. Verhoeven's first feature, Wat zien ik (1971) (trans. "What do I See?"), was released in 1971. However, it was his second, Turks fruit (1973), with its combination of raw sexuality and a poignant story-line, that gained him great popularity in the Netherlands, especially with male audiences. When his films, especially Soldaat van Oranje (1977) and De vierde man (1983), received international recognition, Verhoeven moved to the US. His first US film was Flesh+Blood (1985) in 1985, but it was RoboCop (1987) and, especially, Potpuni opoziv (1990) that made him a big box office success. Sometimes accused of portraying excessive violence in his films, Verhoeven replies that he is only recording the violence of society. Verhoeven has co-scripted two of his films: Soldaat van Oranje (1977) and Flesh+Blood (1985). He also directed an episode of the HBO The Hitchhiker (1983) TV series. Several of his films have been photographed by Jost Vacano, including the hit cult film, Svemirski marinci (1997), starring Casper Van Dien.