Demolition Man

Demolition Man (1993)

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Continuity mistake: When Spartan and Huxley arrive at the cryogenics place to battle Phoenix and what remains of his gang, Phoenix sees them on the monitor walking into the building and you see Spartan on the left and Huxley on the right. The camera angle changes to an inside view and Spartan is now on the right.

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Continuity mistake: When Spartan and Phoenix are fighting in the sewers, Edgar Friendly shoots his gun at Phoenix and you see the catwalk that Phoenix was on tip to its side and Phoenix dropping down to the ground with the plank of the catwalk right below him. When Phoenix lands on the ground the plank is nowhere to be seen. It should have been right below him.

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Continuity mistake: When Spartan slams the Cryogenic pill on the ground he is about 3 feet in front of Phoenix, but when you see him jump up to grab the claw, he is seen much farther away.

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Continuity mistake: When Spartan drives the car through the glass window, you see glass everywhere. The camera angle changes to a wide shot and you see the car driving away but no glass on the ground.

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Factual error: The display on John Spartan's cryogenic reads, "August 3, 2032," which will fall on a Tuesday. Later that same day, Huxley says to Warden Smithers, "It's a beautiful Monday morning"

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Continuity mistake: When Simon Phoenix gets out of the sewer system (after gunning it out with the rebels and John Spartan) his left eye has the brown contact and his right eye has the blue one after going the entire movie with those contacts in the opposite eyes.

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Continuity mistake: When Spartan switches seats with Huxley in the police car, the outside shot shows him get into the back seat. When the shot switches to Huxley in the driver's seat, we can see the back and Spartan isn't seen anywhere in the car.

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Continuity mistake: After Spartan goes through the glass SAPD sign, the car flips over on its roof. But when they show the car up close its now right side up.

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Continuity mistake: When Spartan is hunting for Phoenix at the Cryogenics lab, the 2 scratches on his face appear and disappear throughout the scene.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Phoenix falls through the glass at the museum into the LA exhibit, you can see him sliding down a safety rope. His feet are even in the position to be sliding down the rope.

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Continuity mistake: When Spartan is frozen, his mouth is open, but when you see him in the block of ice his mouth is closed.

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Continuity mistake: During the final fight scene, Spartan grabs Phoenix and they land on top of the ice block and roll off in front of a few metal jugs. The camera angle changes to a close up and the jugs are not there anymore as you see Spartan punching Phoenix.

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Continuity mistake: The guard Phoenix throws through the glass case has on footwear which resembles socks. As he is smashing through the glass, he has on heavier leather boots.

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Continuity mistake: When John Spartan is frozen in the cryochamber, at the beginning of the movie, if you watch during the credits - while the time is going by the small circular monitor that is on his chest, it changes from the left side to the right side of his chest in almost every shot.

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Other mistake: During the scene where Phoenix is questioning the leader of the future society in his office, he says at least one word (hell) that he should have been fined for, and isn't. We see that there is a ticket printer in the room in a later scene, when Savage sets it off during his own confrontation.

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Continuity mistake: When they are in the Cryogenics lab, the tear and blood spot on Spartan's shirt changes throughout the scene.

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Continuity mistake: During the first fight scene between Phoenix and Spartan, Phoenix sticks his knife into several barrels of fuel and you see the fuel all over his knife but when he lays it on the table it's dry.

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Continuity mistake: In the opening scene as Spartan is getting ready to bungee down to the roof, he kicks a bag out of the chopper that pulls the cord out with it; the bag is never seen in any other shots of the cord as Spartan drops.

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Visible crew/equipment: This is during the firefight in the makeshift restaurant down in the sewer. When John Spartan grabs the table to use as a shield, you can see the cable going with the table that is used to set off the sparks for the bullet contacts.

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Factual error: During the fight in the museum, Spartan gets three shots out of a shotgun which only holds two shells.

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Continuity mistake: Several times during the movie, Simon Phoenix's shoulder pads (one side resembles an ATV tire) switch sides.

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Revealing mistake: Watch closely as Phoenix is about to fight the cops near the computer kiosk: the same two people wearing white robes pass behind the officer with the hand-held computer twice.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Revealing mistake: When Cocteau's corpse is thrown into the fireplace, you can see that it is a dummy due to the fact the the hair is longer and shaggy.

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Continuity mistake: During the glass floor shootout at the museum Spartan shoots a light that falls through the glass. Right after Spartan shoots the light it goes dark but the close up of the light falling and hitting the floor shows the light to be still lit.

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Audio problem: After John Spartan crashes through the police station sign he says, "All I need is a needle and a thread." But when the camera is behind him and he says the line, "I really didn't say that, did I?" his mouth doesn't move when his face is in frame.

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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.

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Audio problem: In the European version, Taco Bell is replaced by Pizza Hut, however, when Huxley says to John Spartan that they're going to Pizza Hut, her lips say "Taco Bell".

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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.

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Other mistake: It seems curious that the museum, even in the weapons display, would have functional firearms and LIVE munitions of any sort, even if no one would be interested in ever taking and using them.

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Revealing mistake: The cables Spartan slices in order to bring down the parasol, have quickreleases on them so that they snap in the right place. This is best visible with the second one.

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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.

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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.

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Continuity mistake: When Spartan and Huxley go to Raymond Cockto's place, Spartan shoots all of the monitors with a silver gun, yet when Spartan points the gun at Cockto's head, which we see on the surviving monitor, it's a black gun.

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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.

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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.

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Continuity mistake: When Huxley, Spartan and the other guy get in the police car to go to the museum they are all wearing sunglasses. In the very next shot all three are not wearing them.

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Continuity mistake: In the opening credits when Spartan is frozen, both hands are up either side of his head. In the very next shot his left hand is by his head, but his right arm is out stretched and in a down position, impossible as he is frozen. Also his mind altering sensors are on the left side of his head and body before freezing, next shot they are on the right side of his body.

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Revealing mistake: During the fight at the end the blood spot on Spartan's top looks more like an ironed on T-shirt transfer than a tear and cut, you can also see the shine from on it from the surrounding lights.

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Other mistake: The Verbal Morality Code seems to be applied in an almost haphazard fashion. Several times throughout the movie, both Spartan and Phoenix swear, and do so near an area where they should be vocally reminded of breaking the code, in fact have been previously reminded, and in spite of them not moving from that location are not warned again in the face of repeated swearing.

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Continuity mistake: When the Cryo-Prison worker opens the cabinet that holds the cylinders that contain the blue "freezing balls" to freeze Spartan's slush, the slot on the center left is empty. When the shot changes to the worker pulling the cylinder out, the slot to the lower left is now the empty one.

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Continuity mistake: During the Oldsmobile dealership scene two robed citizens are shown to be looking at small scale model cars on the rear wall (blue car) and side wall (red car) in the showroom. When Huxley and Spartan bust through the floor in the elevator the two citizens are missing.

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Other mistake: As Phoenix starts to say, "Spartan? John Spartan? They'll let anyone into this century," you can see the podium Phoenix is ducking behind shift to one side unnaturally, indicating an editing error.

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Revealing mistake: During the slo-mo portion of the fight between Spartan and Phoenix, Snipes intentionally slowed down his movements to allow Stallone more time to smash the glass tube; this is not consistent with the other fights in the film where Snipes was always quicker with his actions.

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Factual error: In the scene where Wesley Snipes has supposedly poured gasoline all over the floor, he lights a torch and holds it inches from the floor threatening to light it if Sylvester Stallone comes any closer. Had it been actual gasoline, with that much of it the fumes would have exploded as soon as he lit the torch. It's the fumes that are explosive, not the liquid.

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Lenina Huxley: Chief, you can take this job, and you can shovel it.
John Spartan: Take this job... And shovel it.
Lenina Huxley: Yeah?
John Spartan: Close enough.

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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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