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Harrison Bergeron (1995)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Comedy, Sci-Fi  |  13 August 1995 (USA)
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In a distant future, egalitarianism has created a truly equal state. The cost? The sacrifice of everything great about humankind. The question: is peace worth the price?


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Welcome to the future. It's a no-brainer.


Comedy | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for language, and for some sexuality and violence | See all certifications »


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13 August 1995 (USA)  »

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Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron  »

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An overlooked and important little film
20 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie on TV one evening, probably even missed the start of it. I had no idea what it was, and it had the familiar TV-movie feel but it also had something compelling which kept my interest so I sat and watched it through.

I was amazed by this film, partly because of the scope, partly because of the parallels I could see in the world around me (which have only increased since), partly because it was so apparently innocent and unassuming and partly because I had never seen or heard of it before. It took me by surprise. I think I realised shortly after that it was written by the respected Sci-Fi author K.V. and that I should really have read the story sometime. Oh well. You can't catch them all.

However, much time passed and I forgot the name of the movie (it doesn't exactly stick in the mind) and I forgot which of the famous authors seeded it - but I didn't forget the content. From time to time I would ask somebody 'did you ever see that film...' and always got a blank response. I just remembered the author today and traced the name, which brings me here.

All I can say is this - watch it, and at the same time think about the last time you watched mainstream television 'entertainment'. If the parallels doesn't make your skin CRAWL, well - put the band back on...

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