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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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The world's most dangerous cop. The world's most ruthless criminal. The 21st Century isn't big enough for both of them. 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

Nigel Hawthorne didn't get along with either Sylvester Stallone or Wesley Snipes. See more »

Goofs

The hole in Spartan's T-shirt. See more »

Quotes

Automated Announcer: The Armory exhibit is now sealed. All museum patrons still occupying the facility should remain calm. Help is imminent.
[the sealed Armory door is blown apart by a canon]
Simon Phoenix: The museum is no longer sealed, is it? Ha-ha! What can I say, I'm a blast from the past!
John Spartan: You should've stayed there.
Simon Phoenix: Oh boy, that voice sounds familiar. Who is that?
[opens fire]
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Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

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My Dog's Better Than Your Dog
Written by Dick Marx and Tom Paxton
Courtesy of Quaker Oats Company
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One of the most under-rated films ever!!
31 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

This film is phenomenal! Funny, action packed and in some ways has almost proved prophetic (check reference to Arnie Presidential library, a terrifying possibility which is looking almost possible!! Bear in mind that this movie was made well before Arnie was heavily involved in politics)! Wesley Snipes is at his hottest in this movie as the evil Simon Phoenix and Stallone is amazing as the "troubled past gunslinger" Spartan. When you factor in a cute and funny Sandra Bullock and Nigel Hawthorne as a fascist dictator, it is hard to see how this movie could have been any better. Also the vision of the future provided is both insightful and believable. Ending is a bit corny and "hollywood" but really I think that such a minor flaw is balanced out by the sheer entertainment value of the rest of the film. A brilliant Sci-Fi, much overlooked.


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