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  • Billing Displacement: Nancy Allen gets second billing (under Robert John Burke), despite having less screentime than Rip Torn (who appears in more scenes than her), and despite being killed off a third of the way through the film.
  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $22 million. Box office, $10,696,210.
  • California Doubling: RoboCop 3 was shot in Atlanta, using many of the buildings that would soon be torn down to make room for the facilities for the 1996 Summer Olympics.
  • Creator Backlash:
  • Creator Killer: Fred Dekker hasn't directed anything after the failure of this film.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Because Orion wouldn't put up the cash to build new suits for Robert John Burke, he had to wear a slightly modified version of the suits Peter Weller wore in RoboCop 2 and Burke had said it was painful after a short time.
  • Franchise Killer: The film was critically panned for its banal subject matter compared to the previous two installments and, when audiences took notice, flopped at the box office and single-handedly killed the franchise for over twenty-one years. Between that time, attempts to continue the popularity of the franchise through a live-action TV series, a second animated television series, a comic book series, a live-action miniseries and a video game from Titus Software didn't really help matters.
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  • Killed by Request: As noted above, Nancy Allen specifically asked for Lewis to be killed off.
  • Old Shame: As mentioned above, Nancy Allen and Fred Dekker aren't fond of the movie.
  • The Other Darrin: Because of the costume and general similarity between Peter Weller and Robert John Burke, it isn't too noticeable, aside from the voice. In fact, this was one of the reasons Burke was cast: Orion was starting to fail and didn't want to put up the cash to make an entriely new suit, so they insisted they cast someone similar to Weller.
  • Refitted for Sequel: Plot elements like OCP forcing people to move from their homes with Rehab-forces and the donut shop scene with all the cops pulling their guns out came from Frank Miller's original script for RoboCop 2.
  • The Shelf of Movie Languishment: The film completed production in 1991 before being shelved for two years.
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  • What Could Have Been: As with the second film, Frank Miller was initially hired to write the script, and then his script was heavily rewritten. He later turned the unused script into a comic - Robo Cop Last Stand.
  • The Wiki Rule: The RoboCop Wiki.

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