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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Bringelson ...
Terry McKeen
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 <esutton@mindspring.com>

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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the scene where Dr. Angelo first brings Jobe to VSI. A sample was used by Phace in the song Brainwave. See more »


As Dr. Angelo is telling Caroline that she doesn't understand what he is going through, he rubs his eyes with his empty left hand in close-up. In the next shot, a cigarette has suddenly appeared in his hand as he pulls his hand from his eyes. See more »


Dr. Lawrence Angelo: All this power isn't meant to be in the hands of one person!
Jobe Smith: You're wrong! You need to be led, just like everyone else, it's a basic need.
Dr. Lawrence Angelo: This technology was meant to expand human communication, but you're not even human any more! What you've become terrifies me. You're a freak!
Jobe Smith: Your naive idiocy makes me VERY ANGRY!
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Crazy Credits

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


Man Wants
Written by Gregg Leonard, Joel Hazard, Elizabeth Presley
Performed by Creative Rite
Courtesy of Reality Buffers Music
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User Reviews

Was a good movie at the time and it still is
8 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

I went to see this movie in the theater when it was released. At the time the graphics were not dated in any way shape or form. Where is VR today? I recently bought the DVD and after watching it and remembering that it was an eight (8) year old movie, I still enjoyed it. I have seen a few VR games in arcades and to be honest the graphics today aren't much better than they were in this movie. I have seen a lot of comments about the effects being dated and I think that should be common sense when watching an older movie. When I watch Tron I don't think that the graphics are dated, I just remember that the movie was made in 1982 and effects and computer animation weren't the same back then as they are today. Most older movies have that look when compared to today's special effects. I always take that into account when watching older movies. I enjoyed Lawnmower Man then, now and I will the next time I watch it. I will keep it in my DVD collection.

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