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Demolition Man (1993)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Kahan ...
Paul Bollen ...
Andre Gregory ...
Prisoner (as John Enos)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Sound Mix:

(4 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Simon Pheonix is confined in the museum, he is confined in Section 8. Section 8 is the informal name of a psychiatric discharge from the US Armed Forces. See more »


When Phoenix is fighting the police at the information/teller machine right after he escapes, the fourth cop he engages gets his sunglasses punched off. They change the angle and he has them on again (as he gets shoved to the ground). See more »


Troubled Guy: I don't know... lately I just don't feel like there's anything special about me.
Booth: You are an incredibly sensitive man, who inspires joy-joy feelings in all those around you.
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References The Love Boat (1977) See more »


Demolition Man
Written and Performed by Sting
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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User Reviews

Not as bad as people say!
9 February 2002 | by (Woking, England) – See 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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