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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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Cast

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Terry McKeen
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Father Francis McKeen
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The Director
Colleen Coffey ...
Caroline Angelo
Jim Landis ...
Ed Walts
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Lieutenant Goodwin
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Carla Parkette
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Patrolman Cooley
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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

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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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6 March 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's The Lawnmower Man  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$32,101,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There are three video games based on the movie. Scrolling action game The Lawnmower Man (1993) for Game Boy, Genesis and SNES loosely follows the plot of the movie. FMV adventure game The Lawnmower Man (1993) for DOS, Macintosh and SEGA CD uses clips from the movie and is a direct sequel to the movie, since Its plot begins where the movie ends. Adventure game Cyberwar (1994) for DOS and PlayStation is a non-FMV sequel to the FMV game. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Dr. Lawrence Angelo: This is all so new.
Jobe Smith: It's not new. I realized that nothing we've been doing is new. We haven't been tapping into new areas of the brain - we've just been awakening the most ancient. This technology is simply a route to powers that conjurers and alchemists used centuries ago. The human race lost that knowledge and now I'm reclaiming it through virtual reality.
Dr. Lawrence Angelo: You're moving too fast. Even with all these new abilities, there are dangers. Man may be able to evolve a thousand-fold through this ...
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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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State of Shock
Written by John Hayes, Lyn Vaus
Performed by Carnal Garage
Courtesy of Scraping By Music
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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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