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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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Details

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

Harrison Bergeron: Anyway, I don't think you're all that stupid.
Alma Starbuck: Thanks! Well I don't think that you're all that smart.
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Connections

Version of 2081 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 9 in D Major
by Ludwig van Beethoven
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I can still remember
11 February 2004 | by matt0tallonSee all my reviews

It's been over two years since Ive seen this movie and I can still remember it. the movie was just so mezmerizing, I couldn't stop watching it if I wanted to! I had to know what happened to harry. The movie was able to be depressing and funny at the same time, great tongue and cheek stuff. Its all in how you take it with this film. it can be precieved in so many ways. In short I loved it! this deserves to be a classic.


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