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San Angeles will be the beacon of order with the purity of an ant colony and the beauty of a flawless pearl.
~ Dr. Raymond Cocteau explaining the Cocteau Plan.
That's who you remind me of, an evil Mr. Rogers.
~ Simon Phoenix to Dr. Raymond Cocteau before ordering his fellow criminals to shot him point blank.

Raymond Cocteau is the overarching antagonist of the 1993 live action film Demolition Man.

He was portrayed by the late Nigel Hawthorne, who also played Dr. Boycott in The Plague Dogs, Campion in Watership Down and Sir Humphrey Appleby in Yes, Minister.


Years after Sgt. John Spartan and Simon Phoenix are frozen, Dr. Cocteau (who is one of the same people who built the CryoPrison) creates what he believes to be the perfect society where crime is a virtually non-existent, and paternalistic society that forbids anything deemed unhealthy, including fatty foods and sexual intercourse. Even cursing is illegal: in one of the film's running gags, characters (typically Spartan) incur a fine each time he or she swears. Also, tobacco products and alcohol are illegal. All part of his personal dream he then calls the "Cocteau Plan". With this plan, he's able to began what became San Angeles, a clean and pacific version of what used to be the city of L.A. in California as well.

Spartan and Huxley face Phoenix at a museum, as both officer and criminal realized that would be the only place in the pacified society where lethal weapons still exist. As Phoenix escapes, he encounters Dr. Cocteau and threatens to kill him, but finds that he is physically unable to do so. Dr. Cocteau suggests that Phoenix kill Edgar Friendly, the leader of a resistance force called the Scraps that refuses to accept Cocteau's society, and agrees to release other prisoners from CryoPrison to help him. Spartan and Huxley check Phoenix's rehabilitation program and find that he had been "rehabilitated" with training in a number of violent skills and access codes (while Spartan was rehabilitated as a seamstress).

Huxley procures a video from a museum security camera which captured Phoenix's encounter with Dr. Cocteau, and though the audio is undecipherable, Spartan is suspicious when he sees that Phoenix had plenty of time to kill Cocteau. Upon confronting Cocteau, an arrest warrant is placed on Spartan. Despite this, Spartan is able to convince Huxley to help him hunt for Phoenix in the subterranean passages where Edgar Friendly's resistance force lives.

When Spartan encounters the resistance force, he learns they are refugees who have refused to give up their way of life as required by Dr. Cocteau's utopia and have been forced to live in the wastelands of old Los Angeles. Spartan deduces that during his CryoPrison stay Phoenix was given a mental block that prevents him from killing Dr. Cocteau and fed the suggestion to kill Friendly. This would eliminate the last resistance to the Cocteau regime, something that the pacifist San Angeles Police Department is incapable of doing. Phoenix and his gang attempt to kill both Spartan and Friendly, but Friendly has retained his combat skills, and the two of them and Huxley drive them off. Edgar Friendly and the armed Scraps have presumably defeated two of Simon Phoenix’s minions.

Phoenix returns to Dr. Cocteau with the remaining members of his gang, presumably to lie about stopping Friendly, and unable to harm Cocteau himself due to his rehabilitation, orders his men to kill him instead as Phoenix now saw the foolish pacifist as an evil Mr. Rogers. Cocteau is then shot to death and his corpse is thrown on the fire. Phoenix then sends his goons after Lenina Huxley and John Spartan. After Lenina Huxley knocks out a gang member of Simon Phoenix she kills another. 

After defeating more of Phoenix's men, they make their way into Cocteau's office and discover his corpse on the fire with Spartan remarking: "Looks like the Cocteau plan just went up in smoke!" This is when they have a stand-off as two more of the henchmen appear to vanish out of the picture with Lenina Huxley holding the stun baton like a machete following John Spartan's lead into the office with aiming the gun. There's a scene cut out when there's a Cocteau rerun played and John Spartan shoots the thing going up against newer henchmen of Simon Phoenix and fighting the killer of Raymond Cocteau.



  • According to a cut-out scene there was a holo projector in the cryo-prison playing a video image of him and John Spartan shoots the thing just before killing newer henchmen and fighting that goon (played by Jesse Ventura) who did the work for Simon Phoenix in killing Raymond Cocteau.
  • Dr. Cocteau's actor, the late Nigel Hawthorne took his role to prove that he had screen presence for the producers of The Madness of King George. Nigel Hawthorne wanted to reprise the stage role for the movie version. As it transpired, this was not required to be done. As such, Nigel Hawthorne was the producers' automatic choice for the lead.
  • Sir Nigel Hawthorne did not get along with Wesley Snipes (who plays Simon Phoenix) during filming.