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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.

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Brett Leonard

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Stephen King (title only), Brett Leonard (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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>

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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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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

Gross USA:

$32,100,816

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,100,816
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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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Trivia

The eight minutes of computer generated effects took seven people eight months to complete on a budget of five hundred thousand dollars. 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: By the year 2001, there won't be a person on this planet who isn't hooked into it, and hooked into me.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

When Stephen King pushed for his name to be removed from the movie, his short story credit was dropped on some editions. On home video, it's still included on some versions of the 1992 4:3 director's cut (but not others) and the 1997 widescreen director's cut laserdisc. It's absent on the old New Line DVD and 2017 Shout Blu-rays (theatrical and director's cut). If the credit is there, it appears shortly after the four executive producers, over a shot of Angelo and the next shot of Peter getting smacked; it says "Based on a Short Story by STEPHEN KING". If it's not there, the same footage is seen, just without any text. See more »


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Let's party like it's 1992
14 September 2010 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

This effect-laden sci-fi horror film looked pretty impressive back in 1992. But of course times move on, and such movies have a tendency to look dated quicker than most as technology marches on to new levels. I guess The Lawnmower Man is one of these films. But in fairness, it can be quite fun to look back at old special effects and see what was cutting edge back in the day. In truth, today if you were to give a 12 year old child a computer game with graphics similar to those in The Lawnmower Man, that child would turn around and laugh in your face. Such is the speed of computer technology. So yes, The Lawnmower Man no longer looks cutting-edge but neither does it look terrible, its effects work within themselves and are only occasionally atrocious, such as the burning priest.

As most people already know, the story is about a simpleton who is turned into a genius via virtual reality technology. The side effect of this method is that it turns the, otherwise good natured man into an insane evil psychotic.

The Lawnmower Man is neither a particularly good film, nor an especially bad one. There's certainly nothing special here, and the effects were by far its chief selling point. Without them this would almost certainly be a forgotten B-movie. Pierce Brosnan and Jeff Fahey are reasonable enough in their roles, but they were always going to play second fiddle to the CGI. At the heart of it all it's a simple clichéd story that doesn't really hold very many surprises to be perfectly honest. But it's still quite good fun in a silly kind of a way.


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