Continuity mistake: When Phoenix throws Spartan over the bonnet of the red car in the museum, Spartan lands in a puddle that soaks his hair. In the next few shots, the hair keeps changing from being soaked to being dry. (00:50:15)
Plot hole: When Spartan jumps through the window in the excavation scene of the museum, he crashes into a room with bottles of drink on the shelves. Surely this room too would have been filled in and the window smashed during the earthquake, and the museum wouldn't have bothered to excavate it as it can't be seen from above due to the blanked out window. So what is that room doing there? (00:49:20)
Factual error: During the fight in the museum, Spartan gets three shots out of a shotgun which only holds two shells. (00:48:35)
Continuity mistake: When Phoenix blows up the door sealing the Armory, it is just about the size of a normal door, but when he runs through it to escape into the main hall, the door is four times larger. (00:47:40 - 00:48:40)
Other mistake: When Simon Phoenix kicks through the windshield of the police car during his first fight with the SAPD, the windshield easily breaks into several large segments, as opposed to spider-webbing like real windshields made from safety glass do. Glass that would completely shatter and collapse into the car from a simple kick would be completely unsafe and illogical for a society that's supposed to be more technologically advanced than ours.Phaneron
Continuity mistake: When Phoenix first gets out he makes his way to a computer and the police come to arrest him. Phoenix takes one of the policeman and pushes his head through the side glass pane and walks away to fight the other officers, but when Phoenix goes back over to the computer the glass is not broken. (00:26:50 - 00:27:40)MCKD
Factual error: Simon Phoenix uses the warden's removed eye to escape from the cryoprison. The eye is on a pen, and since the retina includes the back portion of the eye, the pen's nib would have not only destroyed the shape of the retina, but blocked the scanner from reading the complete retina as well. There's no way the retinal scanner would have let him pass. (00:18:45)
Continuity mistake: When Spartan is initially frozen in the cyro-liquid, air bubbles and ripples are in the ice around his mouth. Any following shot of him in the ice block shows no bubbles or ripples. (00:10:15)
Continuity mistake: When Phoenix is fighting the police at the kiosk, he knocks the sunglasses off of one officer, but in the next shot the glasses are back when the cop is knocked out. (00:27:00)
Character mistake: In the scene where John Spartan goes into the sewers, he has a conversation with a Spanish-speaking woman. At the end of their conversation the woman says "Gracias" (correct Spanish) to which Spartan replies "Prego", which is Italian. Up until that point Spartan spoke perfect Spanish. (01:23:30)fatpigsittinonacouch1
Continuity mistake: When Spartan is swearing at the verbal morality machine and pulls out several citations at once (the last ones he grabs), an actor and actress standing directly behind him start to walk away and go off screen to the right behind Spartan. The view snaps to Huxley and Garcia, then back to Spartan. When it snaps back to Spartan, the same two are standing directly behind Spartan again and start to walk away to the right again.x12o
Trivia: Demolition Man contains several references to the novel "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley. Sandra Bullock's character's name is Lenina Huxley, from Lenina Crowne, a main character in the book, and the author's name. Sylvester Stallone's character is also named for a character in Brave New World, John the Savage.
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