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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first scene shot was one of the meetings between Pierce Brosnan's character and government executives. 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 »


Jobe Smith: Mind over matter Dr. Angelo, not a miracle - a fact.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in The Night Flier (1997) See more »


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Written by Gregg Leonard, Joel Hazard, Elizabeth Presley
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User Reviews

A film to fuel the imagination.
14 August 2004 | by (Ontario, Canada) – 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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