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The Lawnmower Man (1992)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 6 March 1992 (USA)
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Airs Mon. Jul. 02, 1:00 PM on TMC

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A simple man is turned into a genius through the application of computer science.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jobe Smith
... Dr. Lawrence Angelo
... Marnie Burke
... Sebastian Timms
... Terry McKeen
... Father Francis McKeen
... The Director
... Caroline Angelo
Jim Landis ... Ed Walts
... Lieutenant Goodwin
... Carla Parkette
... Peter Parkette
... Security Chief
... Patrolman Cooley
... 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.

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

6 March 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's The Lawnmower Man  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Several of the symbols Jobe (Jeff Fahey) sees flying at him, during his first VR treatment, are demon evocation seals taken from the infamous Key of Solomon. See more »

Goofs

Dr. Angelo, remarking on Jobe's progress with Latin, says that he himself took a year to learn just the Latin alphabet, which is still in use, plus a few letters, as the English alphabet. (In mitigation, he could be referring to the difficulty in reading ancient manuscripts, or how long a child takes to learn how to read, though this seems unlikely in context.) See more »

Quotes

Jobe Smith: Ah, there he is. The "good" Father McKeen. Took in the poor idiot nobody wanted.
Father Francis McKeen: The devil has gotten inside you, Jobe. I can see it. It's that Dr. Angelo. He's corrupted you.
Jobe Smith: JUDGEMENT DAY IS HERE!
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Crazy Credits

This Film is Dedicated to the Memory of Our Co-Producer MILTON SUBOTSKY See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Babe Ruth Story (2014) 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

 
an early look at the coming power of computers
12 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Stories about a simple person getting turned into something more seem pretty common in movies, but none are like "The Lawnmower Man". Portraying scientist Pierce Brosnan turning retarded Jeff Fahey into a super-genius (with unintended consequences), this is one movie destined to blow your mind. The visual effects were beyond impressive even for 1992, but they never dominate the movie. We might say that the movie deals with the dangers of people relying too much on technology, and also the dangers of militarism, but even aside from that, this is a movie worth seeing. Check it out.

Oh, and I think that we can all agree that the sequel needs to be avoided at all costs.


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