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2081 (2009)

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A short film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron, 2081 depicts a dystopian future in which, thanks to the 212th Amendment to the Constitution and the unceasing vigilance of the ... See full summary »

Director:

Chandler Tuttle

Writers:

Chandler Tuttle (screenplay), Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (based on the short story "Harrison Bergeron" by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Cosmo ... George Bergeron
Julie Hagerty ... Hazel Bergeron
Armie Hammer ... Harrison Bergeron
Patricia Clarkson ... Narrator (voice)
Tammy Bruce ... Handicapper General
James C. Burns ... Lead HG Man (as James Burns)
Yuris Skujins Yuris Skujins ... Stuttering TV Anchor
David Healy David Healy ... Replacement TV Anchor
Alina Faye Alina Faye ... Lead Ballerina
Beckie King ... 'Prima' Ballerina (as Becky King)
Ira Gold Ira Gold ... Lead Usher
Florian Kashani Florian Kashani ... Lead Security Guard
David Conner David Conner ... Solo Cellist
Thor Halvorssen ... Bomb Specialist
Kareem Ferguson ... Bomb Specialist
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A short film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron, 2081 depicts a dystopian future in which, thanks to the 212th Amendment to the Constitution and the unceasing vigilance of the United States Handicapper General, everyone is "finally equal...." The strong wear weights, the beautiful wear masks and the intelligent wear earpieces that fire off loud noises to keep them from taking unfair advantage of their brains. It is a poetic tale of triumph and tragedy about a broken family, a brutal government, and an act of defiance that changes everything. Featuring an original score performed by the world-renowned Kronos Quartet (Requiem for a Dream) and narration by Academy Award Nominee Patricia Clarkson (Far From Heaven, Goodnight and Good Luck), 2081 stars James Cosmo (Braveheart, Trainspotting), Julie Hagerty (Airplane!, What About Bob?) and Armie Hammer (The Social Network). Written by Anonymous

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Everyone Will Finally Be Equal

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Short | Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 2009 (USA) See more »

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Moving Picture Institute See more »
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Given the enormity of the theater house, the filmmakers used inflatable extras for the crowd. See more »

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Harrison Bergeron: They had hoped to destroy any trace of the extraordinary in me, and in time I came to share that hope. But the extraordinary, it seems, was simply out of their reach.
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Version of Harrison Bergeron (2006) See more »

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Lost in Translation
13 October 2010 | by jessi0031See all my reviews

While this film stuck closely to Vonnegut's story (which is why I give it five stars instead of one), I couldn't help but find it lacking. I'm not sure exactly what was missing, but I did not find it as moving as the original story of Harrison Bergeron. Most of the acting was flat and unemotional. The whole thing was overly dry and serious, yet somehow managed to seem overdone. It was like a delicious recipe for chocolate brownies that was baked until all the flavor was gone. Overall, I have to say that something important was lost in this translation. There just wasn't enough feeling. This film just sucked all the emotion and humor right out of the story.


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