score by Basil Poledouris
The title RoboCop does not inspire confidence, yet we must remember that appearances can be deceiving. RoboCop (the original, not the mostly toothless remake) punches well above its weight class. Composer Basil Poledouris brings a stirring theme for the titular character that can easily stand aside such super-hero classics as John Williams’ Superman and Danny Elfman’s Batman. It sounds like a march with big, fat notes to match the plodding, metallic steps of RoboCop himself.
Given that RoboCop is a Paul Verhoeven film, it shifts from comedy to sex to ultra-violence with little to no reason at first glance. Poledouris’ score handles these varied tones with aplomb. In concept, the character of RoboCop is a silly Judge Dredd knock-off. Basil Poledouris’ majestic score makes him a hero.