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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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Taglines:

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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Color
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The film was shot on 35mm, mostly donated by Kodak. See more »

Quotes

Hazel Bergeron: I think I'd make a good Handicapper General...
George Bergeron: You would.
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Connections

Version of Between Time and Timbuktu (1972) See more »

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In my opinion, this is as good as film gets.
24 October 2010 | by thesaucepanSee all my reviews

Sometimes in an effort to stretch a film out to 90 minutes plus or to show off or to pander to their audience or I don't even know what else, film makers lose sight of what film is - it is ART. Art should, at its essence, be a concretization of abstracts (themes, emotions, virtues). When the film is an adaptation of a work of literature, this common fault can become even more glaring. Harrison Bergeron is a short story with a single, universal theme. As a story, it is no longer than it needs to be to concretize that theme and it does it well. As a film, I can say the same of 2081. Combine the flawless simplicity with excellent casting, a moving score and good directorial choices and cinematography, and the result is a short film that I consider about as good as film gets.

This is not for the faint of heart, however. I am still shaking. Knowing the story before hand, I knew I would be moved, and I was. This film, this theme, is oh so relevant today. It's nice to see that some people understood this well enough to make this perfect work of art. To them, I say thank you.


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