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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

Writers:

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.

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sensuality and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Details

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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:

$32,101,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$150,000,000
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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

During the scene where Dr. Angelo (Pierce Brosnan) first brings Jobe (Jeff Fahey) to VSI. A sample was used by Phace in the song Brainwave. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the film text appears explaining virtual reality; one of the very first words printed is 'Millenium' which should have been spelled 'Millennium'. See more »

Quotes

Jobe Smith: Mind over matter Dr. Angelo, not a miracle - a fact.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

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 is attacked by Rosco 1138, but Rosco looks at his pupils and sees he is not a threat
  • Dr. Angelo gives some soldiers 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 calls V.S.I., Dr. Angelo's place of work
  • The soldiers go to Jobe's house and Dr. Angelo wants to get Rosco alive, but the soldiers kill Rosco and Jobe 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
  • 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 harassing 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 he has 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
  • 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.
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Virtual Reality Explored. In Reality, Poorly Executed
24 June 2014 | by view_and_reviewSee all my reviews

The Shop is at it again. Who is The Shop? The same clandestine government organization that was responsible for the Firestarter. Their goal is the same though the technology is slightly different: create a weapon from a human subject.

The Lawnmower Man was Flowers for Algernon mixed with Tron. Dr. Angelo (Pierce Brosnan) developed a drug and virtual reality technique to increase intelligence. After his experiments failed with a chimp he decided to tweak things a bit and try again on Jobe (Jeff Fahey), a mentally challenged lawnmower man. The experiments worked to increase Jobe's intelligence but it also awakened another side of him as well.

Initially I was attributing this movie to Stephen King, but after reading more on this site I found that Stephen King sued because this movie had almost nothing to do with his self-same titled short. I watched this initially in the early 90's and wasn't impressed. In the attempts to be futuristic Lawnmower Man came off as cheesy. In their attempts to apply virtual reality technology and effects on screen it made for terrible graphics. I know that virtual reality was all the buzz in the early 90's as we were rapidly progressing in the computer field as a people, but the graphics and special effects were still a ways off. What were supposed to be riveting, scary or jaw dropping scenes-were no more than cartoonish. I'm not saying this because CGI today is so breathtakingly real, I mean even in 1992 this movie never moved the needle on the scales. Consider that in 1991 we had T2 which was revolutionary as far as on screen effects, and in '93 (a year after Lawnmower Man) we were treated to Jurassic Park, another titan in the CGI department.

The movie ended with an opening for a part 2 (which was done though I never saw it) but why? It would seem that a remake would make this movie so much better but the concept of virtual reality yet again wouldn't go over well. That drum has been beat too many times I'm afraid it's lost its effect.


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