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Demolition Man

Rated R 115 minutes 1993

A police sergeant (Sylvester Stallone) convicted of involuntary manslaughter and a psychopathic criminal (Wesley Snipes) are frozen into cryogenic stasis for "rehabilitation," then unfrozen in 2032. Society, lorded over by someone called Raymond Cocteau (Nigel Hawthorne), has become virtually nonviolent, and a police officer (Sandra Bullock) decides that a 90s cop is needed to defeat a 90s criminal. Would-be satirist Daniel Waters (Heathers, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, Hudson Hawk) scripted this 1993 picture, and nearly all the SF premises are accorded the status of Andrew Dice Clay one-liners—which means that they, along with the characters, keep changing from one scene to the next. Lots of plate glass gets broken, and there's a fine warehouse explosion in the opening—if that's what you're looking for. TV commercial director Marco Brambilla is credited with putting the actors through their paces, and Peter M. Lenkov and Robert Reneau share the writing credit.

Film Credits

Director: Marco Brambilla

Producer: Joel Silver, Michael Levy and Howard Kazanjian

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock, Nigel Hawthorne, Benjamin Bratt, Bob Gunton, Glenn Shadix and Denis Leary

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