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
The scene where Cocteau invites John and Lenina to Taco Bell was actually filmed just across the 405 freeway from the international headquarters of Taco Bell in Irvine, California. See more »
Several times during the movie, Simon Phoenix's shoulder pads (one side resembles an ATV tire) switch sides. Not only that, but Phoenix has two different color eyes - left blue and right brown - which also switch sides. See more »
We'll look at you. You get a bump on the noggin, and you think you're Pancho Villa?
[Garcia looks confused]
[Spartan shaking his head]
Time to take a stand pal.
Well good. While you're doing that, loan me a gun.
[Edgar hands Spartan a gun]
Loan me two guns.
[Wastelander hands Spartan a waste belt with a gun in it. Spartan puts the belt over his shoulder]
Chief George Earle:
[to Edgar and Wastelanders]
You'de use the weapons of mass destruction against men and women who ...
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I thought it was one of the greatest movies of all time. As a social commentary, it's extraordinarily on-target. I mean, come on, this is the movie where the joke was made that Schwarzenegger would be president and Taco Bell would win the franchise wars, and what do you know? Now people want the constitution amended so Arnold can run for president and Taco Bell is winning the franchise wars (they merged with Pizza Hut and KFC).
The story parallels Brave New World and there are numerous references to it. It's the best "Big Brother" film to ever be made. It's got great laughs, great action, and just great stuff. The basic plot is pretty mediocre when you get right down to it, but when you factor in all the detail and the very well-thought script, it's a must-see movie. It's like the anti-movie, it's great, but nobody likes it, apparently.
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