Here's an interesting story from the Detroit Free Press on Robocop's somewhat shocking enduring legacy. The movie is almost 25 years old!
Director Paul Verhoeven has heard about the campaign to construct a RoboCop statue in Detroit, the home of his futuristic movie about a policeman who's turned into a cyborg crime fighter. "I had no problem with it, let's put it that way," he says with a twinkle in his voice. "Perhaps I should see it as my most important contribution as a Dutchman to American culture." Verhoeven may be amused by the idea of a giant replica of the robot character, but the lasting impact of his cult hit isn't a joke. What explains the enduring mystique of "RoboCop," which celebrates its 25th anniversary next year? Why would a 1987 action film still resonate today? And what, if anything, does it say about Detroit, the location for the story but not the filming?