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Trivia / Demolition Man

For the movie itself:

  • Actor Allusion
    • Spartan's (i.e. Stallone's) expression on hearing the phrase "President Schwarzenegger".
    • See also the Celebrity Paradox entry.
    • "Excuse me, Rambo, I need to borrow this."
    • Edgar Friendly's rant in the film is almost identical to the rant in the middle of Leary's "Asshole".
  • The Cast Show Off:
    • This was one of the first movies to show off Snipes' martial arts skills. Much like Bruce Lee, he would have to slow down his moves so they would actually show up on camera.
    • Denis Leary, in the 1990's was famous for his motormouth rants in his comedy routine. His character falls into these.
  • Completely Different Title:
    • Desolation (Slovenia)
    • Tough Guy (Croatia)
    • Shredder (Estonia and Mexico)
  • Defictionalization: The Taco Bell logo seen in this movie was later used as a tie-in by the restaurant and eventually became the basis for their current logo. It turns out the heads of Taco Bell at the time were big fans of the movie and did so as a shout-out.
  • Doing It for the Art: Nigel Hawthorne, inexperienced in cinema, took the role of Cocteau to prove that he had screen presence for the producers of The Madness Of King George. Hawthorne wanted to reprise the stage role for the movie version. As it transpired this was unnecessary as Hawthorne was the producers' automatic choice for the lead.
  • Dueling-Stars Movie: Stallone vs. Snipes. Most of the posters had this phrase and nothing more.
  • Hey, It's That Gun!: The "neutron accelerator" is an HK G11 concept rifle from the 1980's.
  • Science Marches On: Among the things listed as "not good for you, hence illegal" are spicy foods. Since the movie came out, though, spicy foods have been shown to help burn calories and reduce blood pressure. Also, dark chocolate has been shown to have antioxidants which can reduce free radicals in the body, lowering risk of cancer.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The whole film's premise of a future society where everything bad you say and do is banned is a pretty clear product of the Early '90s backlash to the concept of "Political Correctness".
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Lenina Huxley was originally revealed to be John Spartan's daughter. Another draft of the script was for Spartan to have a daughter be a resident of the underground city and one of Friendly's Scraps.
    • Spartan was written with Jean-Claude Van Damme in mind, while Simon Phoenix was written for Steven Seagal.
    • When Stallone got on board, he tried to convince Jackie Chan to take the part of Phoenix, which would have made Huxley's Saw It in a Movie Once moment a whole lot funnier. He turned down the role, as he didn't want to confuse audiences by suddenly appearing as a villain.
    • Edgar Friendly was originally known as "Thomas Payne" in the original script, which would have made a hell of a shout-out considering the character.

For the pinball table:

  • Wag the Director: According to artist Doug Watson, his backglass artwork proposals were repeatedly rejected by Wesley Snipes, who wanted to ensure his career wasn't jeopardized by having him look like a crazed character. Linda Deal did the final backglass art.