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Demolition Man (1993)

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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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The 21st Century's most dangerous cop. The 21st Century's most ruthless criminal. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

8 October 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El demoledor  »

Box Office


$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,432,191 (UK) (12 November 1993)


£6,182,820 (UK) (14 January 1994)

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2.35 : 1
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an action classic!!
25 March 2002 | by (Marlow, England) – See 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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