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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Cast overview, first billed only:
President McCloskey
Charlie (of 'Chat with Charlie')
John Klaxon
Dr. Eisenstock
Peter Boretski ...
David Calderisi ...
Commissioner Benson
Cindy Cook ...
Roger Dunn ...
Ms. Newbound
Hal Eisen ...
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"All men are not created equal. It is the purpose of the Government to make them so." This is the premise of the Showtime film adaption of Kurt Vonnegut's futuristic short story Harrison Bergeron. The film centers around a young man (Harrison) who is smarter than his peers, and is not affected by the usual "Handicapping" which is used to train all Americans so everyone is of equal intelligence. Written by Glenn Kurtzrock <glennk@pegasus.rutgers.edu>

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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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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cast members Marc Marut and Marilyn Smith were together in another movie, the TV movie Goosebumps: Welcome to Dead House. See more »


Harrison Bergeron: Anyway, I don't think you're all that stupid.
Alma Starbuck: Thanks! Well I don't think that you're all that smart.
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References North by Northwest (1959) See more »


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Music by Louis Natale
Performed by Pat La Barbara
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A disturbing view of the future
15 November 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is not the movie to watch right before you trust the government to do something that they say is in your best interest.

Living some years from now, Harrison Bergeron is a smart young man. So smart, in fact, that he's had to repeat grades, several times. That's because A's are bad, C's are good. Everyone is to be rendered average by a headband that moniters brainwaves and keeps intelligence level to average. Harrison, however, is so smart that the headband does not work for him. Recruited by the government, he learns that people have so much more potential than is allowed. Armed with this new knowledge, he feels compelled to act.

In a wonderfully hilarious supporting role, Eugene Levy plays the randomly selected president, who has no idea how to lead a country but loves wielding power. His conversations are little sub-gems sprinkled throughout a gem of a movie. This one is well worth the while, though quite disturbing.

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