ScreenAnarchy's Favorite Robotic Cops (Resurrection Optional)

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The metallic clank of his feet. The whirling drill sound of his arms and torso twisting into motion. The stentorian command of his voice. Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop set a high standard for robotic law-enforcement officers back in 1987, a standard that José Padilha's new RoboCop will be hard-pressed to top when it expands into North America on Wednesday, February 12.

But Verhoeven's vision, based on a great script by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner, and brought to life by a large team of talented craftspeople and an excellent cast, led by the great Peter Weller, was not the first time robotics and/or cops brought back to life played a role in providing law and order on the big screen. Our writers were eager to share their -- sometimes quite liberally interpreted! -- favorite robotic and/or resurrected cops. Click through to read our selections.

Ard Vijn, Jim Tudor, Zak Hepburn, Ernesto Zelaya Miñano, Daniel Rutledge and Charles Webb contributed to this story.

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Mr. CavinFebruary 10, 2014 6:56 PM

"Dry hair is for squids."

GuestFebruary 10, 2014 7:25 PM

One immediately misses a Westworld reference.

Mehaillien ThundercrossFebruary 10, 2014 8:11 PM

Wow, a list of best "robotic" cops and not a mention of Rick Deckard anywhere? I guess technically a replicant, but still under the 'artificial life-form' umbrella.

Peter MartinFebruary 10, 2014 11:27 PM

Thank you for your comment. Please note, however, that this is not a "best" list; it's a compilation of "favorites" from our writers. A small distinction, perhaps, but our intention was not to be comprehensive in this article.

Mehaillien ThundercrossFebruary 11, 2014 7:16 AM

Fair enough, if it wasn't for the fact that I studied Blade Runner in a media class for a full semester I probably wouldn't have known Deckard was a replicant anyways;)

Mr. CavinFebruary 11, 2014 11:48 AM

I prefer to think of that as a debate anyways.

Scott is pretty strident about his directorial intent being that Rick Deckard is definitely a replicant. Hampton Fancher, on the other hand, thinks that an answer is immaterial but the question is interesting; and also that the story doesn't work if Deckard is supposed to be an actual robot, that it only works if the man's humanity is allegorically compromised by the process of doing his job. I don't remember what David Webb Poeples' take is, maybe he refuses to reveal his opinion. Dick, as far as authorial intent goes (and obviously there is very little in common between the book and the movie, otherwise), is very explicit about Deckard's humanity within the text. I think it's fun to argue either side, though in both pedantically geeky and intellectual ways I have to eventually own up to being in the camp of those who feel that Deckard is not literally artificial.