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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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4,408 ( 612)
3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Marnie Burke
Sebastian Timms
Father Francis McKeen
The Director
Jim Landis ...
Ed Walts
Lieutenant Goodwin
Carla Parkette
Peter Parkette
Security Chief
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)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jobe's hair was initially going to be red, but was changed to bleached-blond, because red hair didn't look realistic on Jeff Fahey. See more »


At the start of the film text appears explaining virtual reality; one of the very first words printed is 'Millenium' which should have been spelled 'Millennium'. See more »


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

At the start of the movie, just after the New Line Cinema logo, the following Virtual Reality 'statement' is given (the director stated that this was rewritten many times): By the turn of the millenium a technology known as VIRTUAL REALITY will be in widespread use. It will allow you to enter computer generated artificial worlds as unlimited as the imagination itself. Its creators foresee millions of positive uses - while others fear it as a new from of mind control... See more »


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Jobe's Fury
Written and Performed by Sterling
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Frequently Asked Questions

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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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