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The Lawnmower Man (1992)

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A simple man is turned into a genius through the application of computer science.



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Ed Walts
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God made him simple. Science made him a god.


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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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1.85 : 1
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an early look at the coming power of computers
12 July 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Stories about a simple person getting turned into something more seem pretty common in movies, but none are like "The Lawnmower Man". Portraying scientist Pierce Brosnan turning retarded Jeff Fahey into a super-genius (with unintended consequences), this is one movie destined to blow your mind. The visual effects were beyond impressive even for 1992, but they never dominate the movie. We might say that the movie deals with the dangers of people relying too much on technology, and also the dangers of militarism, but even aside from that, this is a movie worth seeing. Check it out.

Oh, and I think that we can all agree that the sequel needs to be avoided at all costs.

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