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Demolition Man

itv London at 10:45pm (Other show times...)

Demolition Man

In the year 1996, violent criminal Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes) and wrongly accused cop John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone) are found guilty of murder, and cryogenically frozen for the course of their sentences. Thirty-six years later, the crime-ridden streets of LA are no more, replaced with a newly designed utopia known as San Angeles. During a parole hearing, Phoenix manages to escape, wreaking havoc in a city now ill-prepared to deal with violent crime. But Lieutenant Lenina Huxley (Sandra Bullock) recalls legendary frozen officer John Spartan, and suggests he might be capable of combating Phoenix's rampage.

Spartan is released to battle his old adversary, but finds life back on the streets of the much-changed city difficult to negotiate.

Stallone and Snipes have great fun in this futuristic action movie that makes the most of its preposterous plot with a good dose of humour and satire. The supporting cast is full of familiar faces including Nigel Hawthorne as San Angeles' corrupt creator Cocteau, outspoken comedian Denis Leary and early appearances from Rob Schneider and Jack Black. With tons of high-tech, high-octane fun, Demolition Man is a thoroughly entertaining slab of Sly and Snipes action.

Did you know? Sylvester Stallone wanted the Simon Phoenix character to be played by Jackie Chan. Chan refused, since Asian audiences don't like the idea of actors who have always played heroes suddenly playing evil characters.

Cast

Image for Sylvester StalloneSylvester Stallone...John Spartan
Image for Wesley SnipesWesley Snipes...Simon Phoenix
Image for Sandra BullockSandra Bullock...Lt. Lenina Huxley
Image for Nigel HawthorneNigel Hawthorne...Dr. Raymond Cocteau
Image for Benjamin BrattBenjamin Bratt...Alfredo Garcia
Image for Bob GuntonBob Gunton...Chief George Earle
Glenn Shadix...Associate Bob
Image for Denis LearyDenis Leary...Edgar Friendly
Grand L. Bush...Zachary Lamb
Pat Skipper...Helicopter Pilot
Steve Kahan...Cap. Healy
Paul Bollen...T.F.R. Officer
Mark Colson...Warden William Smithers
Andre Gregory...Warden William Smither
John Enos III...Prisoner

Directed by

Marco Brambilla

Written by

Peter M. Lenkov
Robert Reneau
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Frozen in 1996, Simon Phoenix a convicted killer is 'thawed' pending parole some time in the 21st century. After escaping Phoenix resumes his murderous rampage. Spartan, the cop wh...