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The Lawnmower Man (1992)

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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 scene where the cop (Troy Evans) says that the missing piece of the dead man is in the bird bath, is the only thing in the movie that was taken from Stephen King's short story. 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 »

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

References Firestarter (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Jobe's Fury
Written and Performed by Sterling
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User Reviews

 
A film to fuel the imagination.
14 August 2004 | by martin-487See all my reviews

Forget the Stephen King connection. Their take on aspects of computers may be a bit off, but it's fiction, let it be fun. And for god's sake, lay off the special effects.

What you end up with is a fantastic film about the possibilities and dangers of technology in a hypothetical world. You see the hopes and dreams of a brilliant scientists, and the manipulation of a militaristic government. You get to see a great example of "power corrupting" a human being.

I've seen this film a lot, from 15 to 25 years old, and the last scene of the movie never fails to give me shivers.

But please, please, please don't watch the sequel. Really.


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