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
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The first scene shot was one of the meetings between Dr. Angelo and government executives. See more »
When Timms is upbraiding Angelo for being naive, he says that money has been dirty "...since the Catholic Church got involved in banking 300 years ago." But in fact, the Knights Templar (an arm of the Catholic Church) first began banking in 1129 A.D. Timms was off by 600 years. See more »
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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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 »
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.
Not an absolute masterpiece, but well worth the rental
I got 'The Lawnmower Man' as part of one of those 'Buy a pizza and get a free movie' deals, and I put off watching it. And put it off more. And more, until finally I had nothing else to do, so I popped it in the VCR and sat back. Two and half hours later (It was the director's cut- don't see the normal version as it is not nearly as good) it instantly became one of my favorite movies, so I rewound it and watched it again.
To date I have seen it four of five times, as it has problems, it's not very fast paced, but is terribly engaging and Fahey is superb in the lead. The writing isn't great, but is passable, and the computer effects, though far from the center of the story, are excellent.
If you haven't seen it yet, or have only seen the normal version, it is well worth the rental, or even purchase.
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