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Demolition Man (1993)

A police officer is brought out of suspended animation in prison to pursue an old ultra-violent nemesis who is loose in a non-violent future society.

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Marco Brambilla

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Peter M. Lenkov (story), Robert Reneau (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... John Spartan
Wesley Snipes ... Simon Phoenix
Sandra Bullock ... Lenina Huxley
Nigel Hawthorne ... Dr. Raymond Cocteau
Benjamin Bratt ... Alfredo Garcia
Bob Gunton ... Chief George Earle
Glenn Shadix ... Associate Bob
Denis Leary ... Edgar Friendly
Grand L. Bush ... Zachary Lamb - Young
Pat Skipper ... Helicopter Pilot
Steve Kahan ... Captain Healy
Paul Bollen Paul Bollen ... T.F.R. Officer
Mark Colson ... Warden William Smithers - Young
Andre Gregory ... Warden William Smithers - Aged
John Enos III ... Prisoner (as John Enos)
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Storyline

Frozen in 1996, Simon Phoenix, a convicted crime lord, is revived for a parole hearing well into the 21st century. Revived into a society free from crime, Phoenix resumes his murderous rampage, and no one can stop him. John Spartan, the police officer who captured Phoenix in 1996, has also been cryogenically frozen, this time for a crime he did not commit. In 2032, the former cities of Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Barbara have merged into peaceful, utopian San Angeles. Unable to stop him with their non-violent solutions, the police release Spartan to help recapture Phoenix. Now after 36 years, Spartan has to adapt himself to the future society he has no knowledge about. Written by Rob Hartill

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In the 21st Century, the police aren't equipped to handle Simon Phoenix. Their only chance has a name: John Spartan. But are HE and the 21st Century equipped to handle each other? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for non-stop action violence, and for strong language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El demoledor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,262,432, 10 October 1993

Gross USA:

$58,055,768

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$58,055,768
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The action figure of the Demolition Man in full armor is actually a repainted He-Man action figure. See more »

Goofs

During the car chase, Phoenix fires his MP5 out of the rear window of the police car. But when Spartan jumps onto the roof, the rear window is evidently unbroken. See more »

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[first lines]
Zachary Lamb - Young: Remember when they used to let commercial airlines land in this town?
Helicopter Pilot: Yeah. Well, I don't understand where we're going, or why the hell we're bothering anyhow.
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Alternate Versions

The scene where Simon kills the guards in the cryo prison was also trimmed but this time because it was too graphic. Orginally the audience could see the guards being killed by the bullets. See more »

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Nobody Doesn't Like Sara Lee
Written by Fred Ebb and Mitch Leigh
Courtesy of Sara Lee Bakery
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an action classic!!
25 March 2002 | by supertom-3See all my reviews

This movie features Sly Stallone at his muscle bound, destructive best. Around the same time he did the excellent Cliffhanger he also did this nifty action flick. What you get with Demolition man is an entertaining and satirical look at the future of Los Angeles where people walk about in robes and are a peace loving society. Anything remotely bad for you, including spicy foods, is illegal and the whole new system is run by Raymond Cochtoe played by the late Nigal Hawthorne. The opening action scene is set in the present day and is a rip roaring sequence with Stallone polishing off bad guys with stylish flair, before he has a face off with the show stealer Wesley Snipes. Snipes plays the baddest of bad guys Simon Phoenix and does so excellently. The films pacing is good and in particular there are three big action sequences that shine, these are the opening and the end as well as a very good action scene set in a museum. The comedy factor is high in this film and the film certainly has tongue fastened firmly in cheek. The two leads are very good and in particular Snipes revels in his nasty role. Sandra Bullock is good as the gratuitous attractive lady you get in practically all action films. All in all this is a great way to spend 90 or so minutes and is certainly how I would like to remember Sly Stallone, in his action prime. 9/10


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