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The Lawnmower Man (1992)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 6 March 1992 (USA)
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A simple man is turned into a genius through the application of computer science.

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Father Francis McKeen
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Caroline Angelo
Jim Landis ...
Ed Walts
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Storyline

A scientist performs experiments involving intelligence enhancing drugs and virtual reality on a simple-minded gardener. He puts the gardener on an extensive schedule of learning, and quickly he becomes brilliant. But at this point the gardener has a few ideas of his own on how the research should continue, and the scientist begins losing control of his experiments. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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God made him simple. Science made him a god.

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for language, sensuality and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Stephen King's The Lawnmower Man  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$32,101,000 (USA)
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During the scene where Dr. Angelo first brings Jobe to VSI. A sample was used by Phace in the song Brainwave. See more »

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Dr. Angelo, remarking on Jobe's progress with Latin, says that he himself took a year to learn just the Latin alphabet, which is still in use, plus a few letters, as the English alphabet. (In mitigation, he could be referring to the difficulty in reading ancient manuscripts, or how long a child takes to learn how to read, though this seems unlikely in context.) See more »

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Dr. Lawrence Angelo: This is all so new.
Jobe Smith: It's not new. I realized that nothing we've been doing is new. We haven't been tapping into new areas of the brain - we've just been awakening the most ancient. This technology is simply a route to powers that conjurers and alchemists used centuries ago. The human race lost that knowledge and now I'm reclaiming it through virtual reality.
Dr. Lawrence Angelo: You're moving too fast. Even with all these new abilities, there are dangers. Man may be able to evolve a thousand-fold through this ...
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This Film is Dedicated to the Memory of Our Co-Producer MILTON SUBOTSKY See more »

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State of Shock
Written by John Hayes, Lyn Vaus
Performed by Carnal Garage
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Let's party like it's 1992
14 September 2010 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

This effect-laden sci-fi horror film looked pretty impressive back in 1992. But of course times move on, and such movies have a tendency to look dated quicker than most as technology marches on to new levels. I guess The Lawnmower Man is one of these films. But in fairness, it can be quite fun to look back at old special effects and see what was cutting edge back in the day. In truth, today if you were to give a 12 year old child a computer game with graphics similar to those in The Lawnmower Man, that child would turn around and laugh in your face. Such is the speed of computer technology. So yes, The Lawnmower Man no longer looks cutting-edge but neither does it look terrible, its effects work within themselves and are only occasionally atrocious, such as the burning priest.

As most people already know, the story is about a simpleton who is turned into a genius via virtual reality technology. The side effect of this method is that it turns the, otherwise good natured man into an insane evil psychotic.

The Lawnmower Man is neither a particularly good film, nor an especially bad one. There's certainly nothing special here, and the effects were by far its chief selling point. Without them this would almost certainly be a forgotten B-movie. Pierce Brosnan and Jeff Fahey are reasonable enough in their roles, but they were always going to play second fiddle to the CGI. At the heart of it all it's a simple clichéd story that doesn't really hold very many surprises to be perfectly honest. But it's still quite good fun in a silly kind of a way.


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