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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Bringelson ...
Terry McKeen
Jeremy Slate ...
Father Francis McKeen
The Director
Colleen Coffey ...
Caroline Angelo
Jim Landis ...
Ed Walts
Lieutenant Goodwin
Carla Parkette
Security Chief
Patrolman Cooley
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Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


God made him simple. Science made him a god.


Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

6 March 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's The Lawnmower Man  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)


$32,101,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


| (director's cut)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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One Version Good, One Version Bad
13 October 2002 | by (Minneapolis, MN) – See all my reviews

When many people (who have seen it) hear of Lawnmower Man, they immediatelycringe and think of a poor rendition of a movie and wonder why the actors who were in it... were in it. The Director's Cut fills in so many blanks left out by the "normal" version that it isn't even funny to think about the "normal" version anymore. The Director's Cut should have been the one to reach press, and the public... The show was done well with excellent storyline.

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