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Harrison Bergeron (1995)

In a distant future, egalitarianism has created a truly equal state. The cost? The sacrifice of everything great about humankind. The question: is peace worth the price?

Director:

Bruce Pittman

Writers:

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (story), Arthur Crimm
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Astin ... Harrison Bergeron
Miranda de Pencier ... Phillipa
Eugene Levy ... President McCloskey
Howie Mandel ... Charlie (of 'Chat with Charlie')
Andrea Martin ... Diana Moon Glampers
Christopher Plummer ... John Klaxon
Nigel Bennett ... Dr. Eisenstock
Peter Boretski ... Newman
David Calderisi ... Commissioner Benson
Emmanuelle Chriqui ... Jeannie
Hayden Christensen ... Eric
Cindy Cook Cindy Cook ... Weatherperson
Roger Dunn ... George Bergeron
Jayne Eastwood ... Ms. Newbound
Hal Eisen Hal Eisen ... TV Announcer - San Quentin
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Storyline

"All men are not created equal. It is the purpose of the Government to make them so." This is the premise of the Showtime film adaption of Kurt Vonnegut's futuristic short story Harrison Bergeron. The film centers around a young man (Harrison) who is smarter than his peers, and is not affected by the usual "Handicapping" which is used to train all Americans so everyone is of equal intelligence. Written by Glenn Kurtzrock <glennk@pegasus.rutgers.edu>

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Welcome to the future. It's a no-brainer.

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Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, and for some sexuality and violence | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Cypress Films home page

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Cast members Marc Marut and Marilyn Smith were together in another movie, the TV movie Goosebumps: Welcome to Dead House. See more »

Quotes

Reynolds: Mr. President, I believe it to be critical that an extension be given to this particular situation.
President McCloskey: [via videoconference] No. No way.
Reynolds: But Mr. President, the Premier is only asking for another 24 hours. He wants the approval of the Moroccan parliament. He fears a civil war if he acts without their backing.
President McCloskey: Fuck 'em. I told them two weeks ago-if they didn't agree to dismantling that factory under our supervision-we'd bomb the shit out of it. They got one hour to agree-otherwise, bombs away.
Reynolds: But Mr...
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A vision of the future
18 December 1998 | by 29055See all my reviews

Kurt Vonnegut's story turned into an intriguing movie. Not a sci-fi classic but worthy of particular praise for its grim vision of the future. Not a future dominated by machines because man has taught them to evolve (Terminator), nor a future inhabited by docile, lazy epicures who have even lost the ability to read (The Time Machine). This is somewhere in between, a future where the average prevails and where excellence is looked upon with scorn.

After a second civil war, America's leaders have realised that war is idealistic, so they look to an age where ideology was at its lowest point. The golden age of mass consumerism - the 1950s. Children are taught at school to achieve mediocrity, grade C is best, grade A is very bad. Adults are force fed tv with no stimulating content, and strive to buy the newest durable product they see advertised. All brain patterns are controlled by thought suppressing headbands.

The premise is marvellous and keeps the viewer hooked. It is darkly comic, but seriously thought provoking. Not brilliantly acted but certainly worth a look.


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