Demolition Man

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. (01:30:25)

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" (00:11:30 - 00:12:15)

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. (01:19:25 - 01:30:30)

MCKD

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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. (01:38:35)

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. (01:47:30)

MCKD

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. (01:31:05)

MCKD

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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. (00:42:40)

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. (01:34:35)

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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. (00:10:15)

MCKD

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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 and head, it changes from the left side to the right side of his chest and head in almost every shot. (00:10:10)

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

MCKD

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. (00:49:15)

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. (01:06:50)

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Suggested correction: Maybe it's because Phoenix isn't coded, so the swear printer doesn't know who to fine, and for that matter, because of it, it may not even register that it actually is being said by a human (it might be assuming it is a recording) since there is no voiceprint/coding match to attach the fine to.

wb6vpm

False correction as when Simon was using the computer on the street (the "damn I'm possessed" scene) he curses there and it gives him a violation there. So therefore the machine in the leaders office should have given him a fine as well.

lartaker1975

True, but it may also be a technological limitation based on proximity, (when Phoenix is in the booth, it knows that the person who violated the rule is right there, as it can easily "triangulate" his position based on there being multiple microphones in the booth for better background noise rejection, vs in a room where there are potentially multiple people in the same room.

wb6vpm

This is too much of a stretch to justify a mistake in the film. You're making stuff up about non-existent technology that isn't fully explained in the film. The mistake stands, whether it was deliberate to keep the flow of the scene or a slip in dialog by the actor.

Bishop73

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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. (01:46:35)

MCKD

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. (00:44:30)

Revealing mistake: Towards the end of the movie, when Spartan goes after Phoenix in the cryolab, he fires several rounds at him with his Beretta 92 handgun and the slide locks back indicating he is out of rounds. The camera pans to a shot of a crane as he inserts a new magazine and is about to pull on the slide. However, when the camera returns to him, he pulls the slide back and a round can be seen ejecting out, indicating he hit the slide release before pulling the slide back.

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

MCKD

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. (00:03:00)

MCKD

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. (01:28:45)

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Trivia: The 'particle gun' that Phoenix picks up in the museum is actually a prototype of the real-life Heckler&Koch G11 rifle, the first gun ever to fire caseless ammunition. The gun and its ammo were developed in the Cold War to save the expenses for the cartridge case production. It was tested and modified for field use, but with the collapse of the Soviet state (which ended the Cold War) in 1991, the production program was cancelled. (00:45:30)

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Question: When the building with the hostages gets destroyed, Simon tells the police that he told John where the bodies were, with John responding that he didn't care. Clearly a blatant lie - why would the police actually take the word of a murdering psychopath like Simon considering that he would do or say anything to save himself?

Answer: Spartan didn't have authorization to go in and apprehend Phoenix to begin with. Depending on the time and manner of deaths of the hostages, it may have been impossible for the authorities to determine that they were already dead before Spartan went in guns blazing, so it would be determined that he was criminally negligent in their deaths. Whatever Phoenix had to say on the matter probably didn't even factor into Spartan's trial.

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Answer: They didn't. They found the bodies and knowing how badly John wanted to take down Simon, they assumed Simon was telling the truth. I always felt that there was an assumption that Simon also had other planted evidence to frame John but that is never confirmed, just my hunch.

The_Iceman

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