Demolition Man
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Demolition Man

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Director: Marco Brambilla

Cast: Marco Brambilla, Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock

     
 

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The plot of this action film begins in 1996, with Los Angeles in a violence-crazed conflagration. One of the LAPD's most notorious cops, John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone), known as "the demolition man," is in hot pursuit of blonde-haired psychopath Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes), who is so nasty he even kills sometimes just because he feels cranky. John captures Simon,… See more details below

Overview

The plot of this action film begins in 1996, with Los Angeles in a violence-crazed conflagration. One of the LAPD's most notorious cops, John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone), known as "the demolition man," is in hot pursuit of blonde-haired psychopath Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes), who is so nasty he even kills sometimes just because he feels cranky. John captures Simon, but not before Simon kills innocent hostages. John is blamed for the deaths of the hostages, and both he and Simon are cryogenically frozen to remove their brand of ultra-violence from a society that is simply just too violent. The film shifts to the future world of 2032, where Los Angeles has become a megalopolis called San Angeles. There is no poverty, Arnold Schwarzenegger was (at one time) president of the United States, and Taco Bell is the sole survivor of the Franchise Wars. Into this peaceful and bland society, Simon is summarily defrosted by reigning benevolent dictator Dr. Cocteau (Nigel Hawthorne) to have Simon murder Edgar Friendly (Denis Leary), the leader of a group of underground rebels. But Cocteau bites off more than he can chew when the melted-down Simon proceeds to go on a murder-and-looting spree. Reluctantly, Cocteau defrosts John to hunt down his old adversary. As John adjusts to self-driving cars and having sex wearing helmets, he pairs up with Lenina Huxley (Sandra Bullock), a bored cop with a nostalgic fascination for 20th-century culture.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Two years before Sylvester Stallone tried his hand at a real comic-book franchise with the somewhat dreadful Judge Dredd, he'd already hit the nail on the head with Demolition Man, an action romp that has a kind of outrageous playfulness that is inherently tied to the comic format. Sly knows exactly how to pull off this material and does so with the help of a star-studded supporting cast that includes Nigel Hawthorne, Benjamin Bratt, and another charming performance from Sandra Bullock. Clocking in at completely over-the-top speed is Wesley Snipes, whose Simon Phoenix villain might as well be The Joker for all intents and purposes. Though set in the future, the flick does seem a bit dated, if only because of Denis Leary's old rehashed ramblings that tend to take one out of the movie's universe. Still, with the film's satirical nods to a politically correct utopia where Taco Bell rules all and government machines bill citizens for cursing, the filmmakers had more on their mind than just big explosions and one-liners (which they gratuitously threw in as well). For a shoot-'em-up to work on that kind of level while still being a pleasingly fun time at the movies it must command some sort of respect -- though not that much, since it is, after all, just Demolition Man.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/16/2011
UPC:
0883929184828
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:55:00
Sales rank:
20,111

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sylvester Stallone Sergeant John Spartan
Wesley Snipes Simon Phoenix
Sandra Bullock Lenina Huxley
Nigel Hawthorne Dr. Raymond Cocteau
Benjamin Bratt Alfredo Garcia
Bob Gunton Chief George Earle
Glenn Shadix Associate Bob
Denis Leary Edgar Friendly
Ferne Cassel Actor
Melinda Dillon Actor
Lori Petty Actor
Joy Todd Actor
Grand L. Bush Zachary Lamb "Young"
Pat Skipper Helicopter Pilot
Stephen Kahan Captain Healy
Paul Bollen TRF Officer
Andre Gregory Warden William Smithers "Aged"
John Enos Prisoner
Troy Evans Tough Cop
Don Charles McGovern Prison Guard
Bill Cobbs Zachary Lamb "Aged"
Kristopher Logan Troubled Guy
Paul Perri Squad Leader
Susan Lentini TV Reporter
Michael Tennessee Lee Boggle Guard
Brett Jones Museum Guard
Dan Cortese Taco Bell Entertainer
Lara Harris Taco Bell Patron
Alex Chapman Taco Bell Scrap
Ken Baldwin Wasteland Scrap
Jack Black Wasteland Scrap
Carlton Wilborn Wasteland Scrap
Billy Lucas CryoCon
Rhino Michaels CryoCon
Toshishiro Obata CryoCon
Vanna Bonta Computers
Rob Schneider Erwin (uncredited)
Jesse Ventura CryoCon
Brandy Sanders Fiber Op Girl

Technical Credits
Marco Brambilla Director
Pete Antico Stunts
Stuart Baird Editor
Steven J. Bratter Executive Producer
Ferne Cassel Casting
Tim Cooney Musical Direction/Supervision
Louis D'Esposito Asst. Director
Steven E. de Souza Screenwriter
Scott Eddo Makeup
Steven Fazekas Co-producer
Jacqueline George Co-producer
Alec Gillis Special Effects
Elliot Goldenthal Score Composer
Jim Halty Stunts
James Herbert Co-producer
Howard Kazanjian Producer
Etta Leff Set Decoration/Design
Peter M. Lenkov Original Story,Screenwriter
Michael Levy Producer
Walter Paul Martishius Art Director
Michael J. McAlister Special Effects
Tony Munafo Associate Producer
Kimberly K. Nelson Special Effects
Charlie Picerni Stunts
Steve Picerni Stunts
Mark Poll Set Decoration/Design
Tom Priestley Cinematographer
Robert Scott Reneau Original Story,Screenwriter
Natalie Richards Set Decoration/Design
Bob Ringwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Aaron Schwab Executive Producer
Faye Schwab Executive Producer
Craig Sheffer Executive Producer
Jeffrey Silver Producer
Joel Silver Producer
David Snyder Production Designer
Carl Stensel Set Decoration/Design
Sting Songwriter
Alex Thomson Cinematographer
Joy Todd Casting
Daniel Waters Screenwriter
Tom Woodruff Special Effects

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Commentary by director Marco Brambilla and producer Joel Silver ; Theatrical trailer

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