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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... John Spartan
... Simon Phoenix
... Lenina Huxley
... Dr. Raymond Cocteau
... Alfredo Garcia
... Chief George Earle
... Associate Bob
... Edgar Friendly
... Zachary Lamb - Young
... Helicopter Pilot
... Captain Healy
Paul Bollen ... T.F.R. Officer
... Warden William Smithers - Young
... Warden William Smithers - Aged
... 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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In the 21st Century, the police aren't equipped to handle Simon Phoenix. Their only chance has a name: John Spartan. But are HE and the 21st Century equipped to handle each other? 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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,973,850, 11 October 1993, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$58,055,768

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$159,055,768
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(4 channels)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Peter M. Lenkov wrote the movie when he was a production assistant. His inspiration came as he would drive his salvaged car with a broken boom box chained to the backseat repetitively playing Demolition Man by the police. The lyric, "Don't mess around with the Demolition Man" would stand out. Also combined with his love for cop tv shows and his obsession in wondering if Walt Disney was frozen would be his launching pad. See more »

Goofs

Huxley states that because salt is harmful, it has been made illegal. In truth, the minimum requirement of sodium necessary to sustain life has been estimated at 500 mg per day; in other words, without salt, you would die. If you're active and therefore perspire a lot (as is perhaps the case with John Spartan), your need for salt increases significantly. See more »

Quotes

Lenina Huxley: [sotto voce] Sanctimonious asshole.
Machine on wall: Lenina Huxley, you are fined one-half credit for a sotto voce violation of the Verbal Morality Statute.
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Connections

Featured in Shooting the Police: Cops on Film (2006) See more »

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Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz
Written by Tom Dawes and Bob Wilvers
Courtesy of Miles, Inc.
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Awesome movie
15 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

I first saw this movie in the theater when it came out in 93 and loved it. The cool futuristic toys and Stallone and Sandra Bullock make a great on-screen couple. Snipes delivers as the bad guy, and Stallone is the cop who is frozen but thawed out 36 years later to stop him once again. Plenty of one-liners and action.


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