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
Jake Simpson


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 <>

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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| (director's cut)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jenny Wright did only the close-ups in the VR strobe scene because the strobe light made her sick. Her wide-angle shots were done using a double, and the close-ups to her face were done with a blue screen so that she didn't have to move. See more »


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 »


Dr. Lawrence Angelo: Jobe, listen to yourself right now. The first sign of psychosis is a Christ complex.
Jobe Smith: CyberChrist.
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Crazy Credits

This Film is Dedicated to the Memory of Our Co-Producer MILTON SUBOTSKY See more »


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Jobe's Fury
Written and Performed by Sterling
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Not an absolute masterpiece, but well worth the rental
12 April 2000 | by (In shame (2005 update)) – See all my reviews

I got 'The Lawnmower Man' as part of one of those 'Buy a pizza and get a free movie' deals, and I put off watching it. And put it off more. And more, until finally I had nothing else to do, so I popped it in the VCR and sat back. Two and half hours later (It was the director's cut- don't see the normal version as it is not nearly as good) it instantly became one of my favorite movies, so I rewound it and watched it again.

To date I have seen it four of five times, as it has problems, it's not very fast paced, but is terribly engaging and Fahey is superb in the lead. The writing isn't great, but is passable, and the computer effects, though far from the center of the story, are excellent.

If you haven't seen it yet, or have only seen the normal version, it is well worth the rental, or even purchase.

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