The Lawnmower Man

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A simple man is turned into a genius through the application of computer science.

Release Year: 1992

Rating: 5.1/10 (15,808 voted)

Brett Leonard

Stars: Jeff Fahey, Pierce Brosnan, Jenny Wright

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.

Writers: Stephen King, Brett Leonard


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

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

God made him simple. Science made him a god.

Release Date: 6 March 1992

Filming Locations: Brandeis-Bardin Institute – 1101 Pepper Tree Lane, Simi Valley, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $10,000,000


Opening Weekend: $7,751,971
(8 March 1992)
(1 Screen)

Gross: $150,000,000

Technical Specs


(director's cut)

Did You Know?


Early versions of the film claimed that they were related to a Stephen King work. King did write a short story called "The Lawnmower Man", but it was completely different to the movie. King sued the film makers, and had his name removed from the film.


Factual errors:
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.


Jobe Smith:
Ah, there he is. The "good" Father McKeen. Took in the poor idiot nobody wanted.

Father Francis McKeen:
The devil has gotten inside you, Jobe. I can see it. It's that Dr. Angelo. He's corrupted you.

Jobe Smith:

User Review

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.