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Demolition Man (1993)

 -  Action | Crime | Sci-Fi  -  8 October 1993 (USA)
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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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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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The 21st Century's most dangerous cop. The 21st Century's most ruthless criminal. See more »


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

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$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,432,191 (UK) (12 November 1993)

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£6,182,820 (UK) (14 January 1994)
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Trivia

Though the movie was released in 1993, Simon Phoenix and John Spartan were supposed to have been imprisoned in the cryo-prison in 1996. In the scene where Wesley Snipes' character Simon Phoenix is releasing the other cryo-prisoners, he makes a reference to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Dahmer was killed in prison in 1994, after the film's release but before the cryo-prison would have been built. During TV replays, the Dahmer references were edited out because they seemed anachronistic. See more »

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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. See more »

Quotes

Edgar Friendly: You got big balls coming down here, cop after the kind of show *you* put on.
Lenina Huxley: We are looking for a murder-death-killer. Are you gonna help us or bully us with your primitive weapons?
[Friendly then raises his twin barrelled pistol and fires it to show it's not primitive]
Lenina Huxley: Oh, maybe they're not so primitive.
Edgar Friendly: So, you think you're taking me in huh? Guess what, not happening. Yeah, you can tell Cacteau he can kiss my ass. That's right, tell him that it's gonna take a whole *army* of assholes to get ...
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Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz
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Stallone-fun
30 July 2003 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

'Demolition Man' is a lot of fun to watch. A lot of things in the movie don't make any sense but those things create opportunities for some nice action and some funny moments. I am not sure if all the laughs in the movie were meant to be funny, but if you laugh, what does it actually matter.

In the future in the city San Angeles (the area from San Diego to Los Angeles) after the earthquake people live in a perfect world. For a long time no murder has committed. Then Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes)escapes. Over 40 years ago he was a criminal arrested by John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone). Spartan killed a lot of people during Phoenix' arrest, so he was punished as well. They both were frozen, possible in 1996 in a cryo-prison. Now Phoenix has escaped (how he does this is a secret that will be revealed later in the movie) the police can't handle him because they are not used to his violent behavior. The only thing they can come up with is Spartan. With the help of Lt. Lenina Huxley (Sandra Bullock) he must catch Phoenix and learn to know the new world.

The story above sounds ridiculous which it sometimes is. But you can understand there must be a lot of funny moments. Almost everything Spartan used to do is illegal now and he just can't get used to it. Snipes is a great villain, Stallone is nice as long as he is in this kind of movie and Bullock has some fine lines. I enjoyed it very much.


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