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The Lawnmower Man (1992)

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

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3 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Marnie Burke
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Sebastian Timms
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Father Francis McKeen
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The Director
Colleen Coffey ...
Jim Landis ...
Ed Walts
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Lieutenant Goodwin
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Carla Parkette
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Peter Parkette
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Security Chief
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Jake Simpson
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

God made him simple. Science made him a god.

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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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,751,971, 8 March 1992, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$32,101,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$150,000,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

New Line Cinema had obtained the rights to the Stephen King short story "The Lawnmower Man", and the producers also had an unrelated script called "Cyber God". They simply placed King's title on the production of "Cyber God". King was furious at this abuse of his name, and he sued the studio to have his name and title removed from the film and promotion. They refused, until the studio was ordered to pay ten thousand dollars and full profits. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jobe Smith: By the year 2001, there won't be a person on this planet who isn't hooked into it, and hooked into me.
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

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

 
A film to fuel the imagination.
14 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

Forget the Stephen King connection. Their take on aspects of computers may be a bit off, but it's fiction, let it be fun. And for god's sake, lay off the special effects.

What you end up with is a fantastic film about the possibilities and dangers of technology in a hypothetical world. You see the hopes and dreams of a brilliant scientists, and the manipulation of a militaristic government. You get to see a great example of "power corrupting" a human being.

I've seen this film a lot, from 15 to 25 years old, and the last scene of the movie never fails to give me shivers.

But please, please, please don't watch the sequel. Really.


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