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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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Taglines:

The world's most dangerous cop. The world's most ruthless criminal. The 21st Century isn't big enough for both of them. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Taco Bell was not intended to be featured as product placement. Not only did Screenwriter Daniel Waters conceive the idea of the Restaurant Wars, he chose Taco Bell as the lone survivor of chain restaurants because he perceived them as the nadir of the fast food industry due to their tacky advertising and low-quality food. Waters' prophecy of lavish sit-down Taco Bells came true when the chain began test-marketing similar upscale, "fast casual" locations in 2014, further expanding the initiative in 2016 and 2017, as a means of catering to millennials. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie, a stockpile of C4 catches fire, and thus blows the whole building up. C4 only can be detonated by a detonation charge or blasting cap which is just a smaller explosive. If it catches fire, it burns slowly. This is true of C4, however there were no details to describe, and no one suggested, the C4 was only detonated by the fire. It is reasonable to believe Phoenix detonated them by other means. Spartan stated to his captain, "he rigged the place to blow". The complete destruction of the building in successive detonations is a firm indicator the charges were strategically placed throughout, and anyone with that skill would not rely on a gasoline fire for detonation. It is also possible the gasoline fire was intended as a lure for responders, as it would increase the casualty count at the time of the explosive detonation. Phoenix did not expect Spartan to appear at that time, which may have caused Phoenix to alter his plan in any number of ways. See more »

Quotes

[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 television version omits the refernce that Simon Phoenix makes to cannibal killer Jeffrey Dahmer. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Come Alive (You're In The Pepsi Generation)
Written by Sid Ramin
Courtesy of Pepsi-Cola Company
Produced by Anthony Marinelli
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Not as bad as people say!
9 February 2002 | by redkiwiSee all my reviews

This is one of those films that it is popular to think is rubbish. I'm not quite sure why. Don't take it seriously and it's a fun ride.

Wesley Snipes and Sly Stallone play off each other well as the forces of bad and good -- old foes that have come out of chryo-generic storage hundreds of years into the future.

Sandra Bullock as the nostalgia [for Stallone's time, naturally] struck cop isn't even rubbish and annoying -- a first time for everything!

Watch out for a fun performance by Nigel Hawthorne also.


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