Sylvester Stallone: 10 Greatest movies of all time

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#9 – Demolition Man

Original Release Date: Demolition Man was released on 8 October 1993.

Box Office Earnings: A $57 million budget resulted in a cumulative worldwide gross of $159 million. Pretty good for such a ridiculous concept.

Critical Acclaim: There were several random nominees, including an MTV movie award. No surprises.

About the Role: A cryogenically frozen super-criminal named Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes) is thawed out in a relative utopia similar to Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel, Brave New World. Phoenix doesn’t care about the peace and prosperity, starts killing people, and there is only one cop for the job: John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone). It just so happens, however, that Spartan is from the same bygone era as Phoenix, for a crime he didn’t commit. When the modern-day police get torn through like wet, extra soft Charmin, there really is only one choice. They decide to fight fire with fire and get Spartan on the case. Along the way he has to adapt to an era that is incredibly foreign to him.

Simply the Best: First of all, this is Rambo versus Blade. How can it not be good?! Perhaps the best scene in Demolition Man isn’t even related to the action. It’s a scene with a bathroom gag about three seashells that replaced toilet paper in the future. In addition to this oddity, Spartan gets several fines for breaking the moral parameter of cursing. F that.