Demolition Man

  • 15
  • Marco Brambilla (1993)
  • US
  • 110 min
Demolition Man
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Film Review
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4 out of 5

This slick vision of the future comes pretty close to being Sylvester Stallone's best ever picture. Wisely keeping his tongue stuck firmly in his cheek, Stallone plays a tough cop whose unconventional methods land him in a cryogenic prison. Decades later, he is defrosted to hunt down an old sparring partner, the spectacularly psychopathic Wesley Snipes (complete with blond thatch), who has escaped from his deep frozen state and is creating havoc in the now crime-free Los Angeles (renamed San Angeles). The writers have a lot of fun sending up modern-day political correctness in this caring vision of the future - violence, red meat and sex are among the items on the banned list - and director Marco Brambilla delivers the goods when it comes to the all-important action set pieces. Of the supporting cast, Sandra Bullock has an early run at a role she would later perfect in Speed, Denis Leary gets to deliver one of his thinly disguised stand-up routines, while Nigel Hawthorne plays the doctor overseeing this 21st-century Utopia.

Plot Summary

Science-fiction thriller starring Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes and Sandra Bullock. After failing to defuse a situation where villainous Simon Phoenix has taken 30 people hostage, Los Angeles Police sergeant John Spartan, known as the "Demolition Man", stands jointly accused of their manslaughter and the pair are imprisoned and frozen in a cryo penitentiary. When Phoenix escapes several decades later, Spartan is woken and sent to apprehend his old enemy in the futuristic city of San Angeles.

Cast and crew


John Spartan
Sylvester Stallone
Simon Phoenix
Wesley Snipes
Lenina Huxley
Sandra Bullock
Dr Raymond Cocteau
Nigel Hawthorne
Alfredo Garcia
Benjamin Bratt
Chief George Earle
Bob Gunton
Associate Bob
Glenn Shadix
Edgar Friendly
Denis Leary
Young Zachary Lamb
Grand L Bush
Captain Healy
Steve Kahan
Old Zachary Lamb
Bill Cobbs
Rob Schneider


Marco Brambilla

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Violence, swearing and nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 15