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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.

Director:

Brett Leonard

Writers:

Stephen King (title only), Brett Leonard (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Fahey ... Jobe Smith
Pierce Brosnan ... Dr. Lawrence Angelo
Jenny Wright ... Marnie Burke
Mark Bringelson ... Sebastian Timms
Geoffrey Lewis ... Terry McKeen
Jeremy Slate ... Father Francis McKeen
Dean Norris ... The Director
Colleen Coffey ... Caroline Angelo
Jim Landis Jim Landis ... Ed Walts
Troy Evans ... Lieutenant Goodwin
Rosalee Mayeux ... Carla Parkette
Austin O'Brien ... Peter Parkette
Michael Gregory ... Security Chief
Joe Hart ... Patrolman Cooley
John Laughlin ... 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

Taglines:

God made him simple. Science made him a god.

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sensuality and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's The Lawnmower Man See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$32,101,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$150,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The first of five times Troy Evans played a member of law enforcement. The others being Demolition Man (1993) and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998). He first appeared in ER as a police officer in 2004, and then joined the show as a regular, playing the desk clerk after he retired from the police force. Edit: He also played a cop in one of the Halloween films. He played a cop in Near Dark (1987). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Patrolman Cooley: Two bizarre murders in one night.
[Shortly thereafter he sees Jobe staring at him]
Patrolman Cooley: Two bizarre accidents in one night.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

A director's cut was released with 39 minutes of additional footage which included the following material:
  • When Rosco 1138 was shot in the theatrical version he died, but in the directors cut he survived
  • A scene when Jobe Smith meets Rosco 1138 by Rosco attacking him, but Rosco looks at his pupils and sees he is not a threat
  • Dr. Angelo gives some soliders a briefing on capturing Rosco.
  • Jobe speaks to Rosco thinking he is a comic book super hero called Cyboman.
  • Father McKeen finds Rosco with Jobe and calles V.S.I., Dr. Angelo's place of work.
  • The soliders go to Jobe's house and Dr. Angelo wants to get Rosco alive, but the soldiers kill Rosco and Jobe goes nuts and starts to cry.
  • Father McKeen talks to Jobe and tells him how he endangered the church by letting Rosco in his house.
  • Jobe and Terry McKeen are at the gas station and Jobe tells Terry and Jake about Cyboman and Jake makes fun of him while Terry just doesn't make fun of him at all.
  • Dr. Angelo talks into his audio journal and wonders why Rosco bonded with the retarded man Jobe.
  • In the theatrical version Dr. Angelo's wife leaves him, but in the director's cut she goes out with her friends. Dr. Angelo follows her to her car and she leaves; then he talks to Peter's mom [Carla Parkett] and they talk about how Peter reminds him of himself at that age.
  • Terry McKeen and Jobe are in a diner and Jake starts harrassing him about Cyboman.
  • Father McKeen sees Jobe reading and yells at him and Terry defends him and tells Father McKeen to let Jobe be a man. Then Father McKeen leaves and tells Jobe he'll teach him to drive, but he learnt how already with the V.R. treatments hes been getting from Dr. Angelo.
  • Jobe is with Dr. Angelo on the way to V.S.I. and asks if he is going to do to him what he did with Rosco.
  • Jobe is scared because he can read minds; he asks Mrs. Angelo where Dr. Angelo is and he reads her mind (she thinks that "the asshole is probably jerking off with his computer").
  • Dr. Angelo asks his wife where Jobe is and she does not respond because she is under Jobe's control.
  • Dr. Angelo is tied up and his wife asks if he and Jobe need anything, still being under his control.
  • The agents are going to pick up Jobe and Dr. Angelo when Jobe tells Dr. Angelo "Now you will witness the impossible" and makes Dr. Angelo watch his wife kill an agent and then is killed by the other two while he watches through V.R.
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Homoti (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

State of Shock
Written by John Hayes, Lyn Vaus
Performed by Carnal Garage
Courtesy of Scraping By Music
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User Reviews

Not bad, especially the second time around
17 November 2001 | by gknuthSee all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was 13 or 14, and didn't understand it at all. I was enamored by the visual effects. This time around, I'm 22, and have an electronics background, so I understand some of the concepts a little more. It really isn't a bad movie, it speculates what the world will become in 2001, which is obviously a little innaccurate, considering it's almost 2002, but still. The concept is completely science fiction, and, for all we know, could be a sign of things to come. Maybe not now, but in the future. It won't be as obvious as a mainframe with open I/O ports letting a purely electronic being out into the world's data networks, but it could be a precursor to some AI developments. In 50 years, people may think this movie was worthless, or they could think that it was a vision into the future.

Either way, the movie makes you think, and that is more than can be said for a lot of movies (i.e. Dude Where's My Car). Good movie. Rent it or watch it on the Sci-Fi channel.


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