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Harrison Bergeron (1995)

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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4 nominations. See more awards »

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Phillipa
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President McCloskey
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Charlie (of 'Chat with Charlie')
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John Klaxon
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Dr. Eisenstock
Peter Boretski ...
Newman
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Commissioner Benson
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Jeannie
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Eric
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Ms. Newbound
Hal Eisen ...
TV Announcer - San Quentin
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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.

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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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Trivia

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

Quotes

Reynolds: Mr. President, I believe it to be critical that an extension be given to this particular situation.
President McCloskey: [via videoconference] No. No way.
Reynolds: But Mr. President, the Premier is only asking for another 24 hours. He wants the approval of the Moroccan parliament. He fears a civil war if he acts without their backing.
President McCloskey: Fuck 'em. I told them two weeks ago-if they didn't agree to dismantling that factory under our supervision-we'd bomb the shit out of it. They got one hour to agree-otherwise, bombs away.
Reynolds: But Mr...
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Connections

References Casablanca (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 9 in D Major
by Ludwig van Beethoven
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A fascinating look at our times
22 April 1999 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

Even though the film takes place in the future, it is an interesting and frightening look at our own times. It's a combination of 1984 and MATRIX with a 50s-style movie. The fact that we allow ourselves to be told what to think and do is played out in an interesting fashion. The Thoreau-like character sees the facade and learns how to break through. Sean Austin does a great job as the naive innocent who sees into the darkness behind the facade. Christopher Plummer is very effective as the "big brother" who actually has a soul. The film makes us confront the dilemma of whether we want to be "normal" or to be who we really are.


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