If you’ve seen the ’80s action classic ‘Robocop’, you know it’s a violent, gory flick, but if you can believe it, that was the censored version. The first cut that director Paul Verhoeven delivered was rated X — what we would now refer to as NC-17. Verhoeven had to recut the film a whopping ten times in order to scrub the film down to the level at which it could be granted an R rating. An R rating already stands for “Restricted,” meaning that no one under 18 is supposed to be allowed to see it without a parent or guardian. X would be classified as obscene and no child was to be admitted to see it regardless. Most theaters refused to carry X-rated films, as they were considered to be equal to pornography.
Considering how graphic the theatrical cut of ‘Robocop’ is, one could only imagine what had to be cut. Well, one had to imagine until now. The original X-rated version is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime. It’s unclear whether this happened on purpose or by accident. Amazon does not have it labeled as “X-Rated,” “Uncut” or “Director’s Cut,” which seems to indicate that it was posted with the belief that it was the theatrical version.
What’s the difference? Mainly the scene where the ED-209 is presented and proceeds to blow the one executive away, which has more blood, and the scene of Murphy being shot by thugs.
Movie-Censorship.com has supplied a side-by-side comparison which you can see by clicking on the link. Below is an image-free description:
“The MPAA especially did not approve of the gory presentation of the prototype ED-209 and Murphy’s execution. The bloodiest shots were cut out of the first scene and a lot of alternative footage was used in the other – only the DC shows Murphy losing an arm in the gunfire. On top of that, alternative footage has been used for the car chase at the beginning as well as in the finale.