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Character: Lenina Huxley
Release Date:October 8, 1993
Director: Marco Brambilla
Writer: Peter M. Lenkov, Robert Reneau
MPAA Rating: R
Co-starring: Silvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Benjamin Bratt
The future isn’t big enough for the both of them.
Frozen in 1996, Phoenix, a convicted killer is “thawed” out for parole well into the 21st century. Revived into a crime free society, Phoenix resumes his murderous rampage, and no one can stop him. Spartan, the cop who captured Phoenix in 1996 has also been cryogenically frozen, this time for a crime he didn’t commit. In desperation they turn to Spartan to help recapture Phoenix.
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Trivia & Facts
Sandra Bullock replaced Lori Petty after a few days filming.
At one point, Lenina Huxley (Sandra Bullock) says to John Spartan “While you were sleeping… “, referring to the time he was frozen. Bullock later starred in the movie While You Were Sleeping (1995).
Lenina Huxley tells John Spartan about the Arnold Schwarzenegger Presidential Library, explaining that, based on the sheer popularity of his movies, a Constitutional amendment was passed in order for Schwarzenegger to run for president, which, according to Huxley, he did. In 2003, ten years after this film’s release, Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor of California and shortly after his election, three senators separately proposed amendments to the US Constitution to allow naturalized citizens to become president. Additionally, Stallone, along with Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and Demi Moore backed the opening of the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain.
Sandra Bullock’s costume during the Taco Bell sequence was made of stones and gems weighing approximately 40 pounds. After the fight scene outside the restaurant when her character gleefully jumps and replays the action, her dress actually started to rip, which is why she is holding her arms to her sides after Stallone walks away.
Lenina Huxley’s name is a combination of Lenina Crowne and Aldous Huxley. Crowne is a character in Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’, a novel about a future society where everything is predetermined for you so as not to offend others(among other reasons) and where showing even moderate emotion is considered to be unusual and possibly even illegal.
Lenina Huxley: I was wondering if you would like to have sex?
John Spartan: [surprised] Here? With you? Now?
Lenina Huxley: [nervously, nodding] Mm-hmm.
John Spartan: Oh yeah.
[after futuristic, contact-free "sex"]
John Spartan: Look, Huxley, why don’t we just do it the old-fashioned way?
Lenina Huxley: [stands up, shocked] Eeewww, disgusting! You mean… *fluid transfer*?
Lenina Huxley: [stamping her foot] You are a savage creature John Spartan, and I wish for you to leave my domicile now!
Lenina Huxley: Let’s go blow this guy.
John Spartan: Away! Blow this guy *away*!
Lenina Huxley: Whatever.
[after Spartan crashes in a police car]
Lenina Huxley: Look at you, you’re a shambles!
John Spartan: Don’t worry, I can fix it. All I need is a needle and thread.
[pause] John Spartan: I really didn’t say that, did I? Damn!
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.
Lenina Huxley: He’s finally matched his meet. You really licked his ass.
John Spartan: That’s *met* his match and kicked… *kicked* his ass…
Lenina Huxley: The exchange of bodily fluids, do you know what that leads to?
John Spartan: Yeah, I do! Kids, smoking, a desire to raid the fridge.
Lenina Huxley: [sotto voce] Sanctimonious asshole.
Machine on wall: Lenina Huxley, you are fined one-half credit for a sotto voce violation of the Verbal Morality Statute.
Lenina Huxley: No, John Spartan, you do not accuse the savior of our city of being in league with a multi-murder-death-killer like Simon Phoenix! It’s… rude!
John Spartan: I’ll be subtle. I’m good at subtle.
Lenina Huxley: I have, in fact, perused some newsreels in the Schwarzenegger Library, and the time that you took that car…
JohnSpartan: Hold it. The Schwarzenegger Library?
Lenina Huxley: Yes. The Schwarzenegger Presidential Library. Wasn’t he an actor when you…?
JohnSpartan: Stop! He was President?
Lenina Huxley: Yes! Even though he was not born in this country, his popularity at the time caused the 61st Amendment which states…
JohnSpartan: I don’t wanna know. President…
John Spartan: But there’s just one thing I wanna know…
Lenina Huxley: Hm?
John Spartan: How’s that damn three seashell thing work?
The film maintains a 63% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 32 reviews. However, the film scored a 34/100 on Metacritic, based on 9 reviews.
On Siskel & Ebert, Gene Siskel gave the movie thumbs down for its routine violence, but did praise its “Funny offbeat script.” Roger Ebert praised the movie: “Unlike so many other movies of its genre, it really does have a satiric angle to it.”
In November 1993, Warner Home Video released Demolition Man on VHS and laserdisc formats.
In September 2010, it was released in Blu-Ray DVD
The theme song to the film is titled “Demolition Man” and is played over the end credits. It is a remix (heavier version) of the song originally written by Sting and recorded during his time as frontman for The Police. The song was first released in 1981, as the fifth track on the band’s fourth album, Ghost in the Machine. Sting released an EP featuring this song and other live tracks, entitled Demolition Man.
Acclaimed composer Elliot Goldenthal composed the score for the film; it was his second big Hollywood project after the Alien³ score.