Harrison Bergeron (film)

Infobox Television Film
name = Harrison Bergeron
format = Satire, Drama
runtime = 99 minutes


writer = Kurt Vonnegut (story)
Arthur Crimm
Jon Glascoe (uncredited)
director = Bruce Pittman
starring = Sean Astin
Christopher Plummer
Eugene Levy
Miranda de Pencier
Howie Mandel
music = Louis Natale
country = USA
language = English
network = Showtime
released = August 13, 1995
website = http://www.cypressfilms.com/filmography.html#6
imdb_id = 0113264

"Harrison Bergeron" is a 1995 cable television movie film loosely adapted from Kurt Vonnegut's 1961 short story of the same name (see Harrison Bergeron). It was produced for Showtime, and first screened on August 13, 1995.

Premise

The film takes place in a dystopic future in which the US government mandates total egalitarianism in all things, by having everyone attach wearable mind "handicapping" devices to their heads and showing only mind numbing shows on TV. The story centers on a high school student named Harrison Bergeron whose extreme intelligence makes him something of a pariah. He is ultimately recruited by a secret organization whose purpose is to operate the functions of society that cannot be handled by the unintelligent.

While he thrives in this environment for a time and even meets a girlfriend there, he ultimately pays a personal price and comes to see the true social structure as unethical and immoral, and thus rebels - even if it means making a sacrifice.

Plot

Harrison Bergeron lives in a typical suburban town in the near future. The audience is told that after the second American Revolution—a war begun due to an ongoing economic depression that was a result of a combination of technological advancement and a widening disparity between the very rich and the very poor—it was mandated that all people be equal in all things. To this end, the social norm of this society has become egalitarianism. Citizens strive to be of equal wealth, intelligence, athletic prowess and social status to all around them. Through a process of selective breeding, mankind is perfecting the perfectly average human being. What is not accomplished through arranged marriages is made up for through technological means, the most prominent of which are only showing mind numbing shows on TV, and a headband device worn by all citizens which modulates intelligence, dialing up or down a person's IQ in order to arrive at a 'perfect' 100.

There are limits to the success of the devices, however, and Harrison Bergeron is one such case. He is a total failure in school, consistently receiving A's (C is the desired grade). Even though he has been held back four years and his headband is consistently modified to dampen his intelligence, he still continues to excel to the embarrassment of him and his family.

Harrison goes to see a doctor about his intelligence problem, and after several tests it is determined that the headband is unsuccessful because Harrison's synaptic connections reroute themselves after each adjustment in order to overcome the inhibitions the headband is designed to place on the thought process. He is told that he will have to have an operation akin to a lobotomy in order to permanently lower his intelligence.

In his last day with a fully functioning brain, he goes to a "head house", where illegal device-free women are paid to play chess and conduct intelligent conversations with the clients. Unfortunately, his first intelligent conversation ever (with "mind whore" Phillipa) is interrupted by a police bust. While being held captive in the police station, he is approached by a special agent who offers him an alternative to the lobotomy - to join what turns out to be the secret elite that runs the government.

Harrison falls in love with Phillipa there, but he illegally impregnates her and she is lobotomized for trying to escape. He feels he can no longer continue to betray his values and decides to take action. He breaks into a TV studio and reveals the truth about the secret society to the viewers. Eventually, the guards break through, and later on he is forced to make an appearance on TV and pretend the broadcast was not real. Instead, he uses his chance to commit suicide in front of the viewers. Bergeron's parents are too distracted to be shocked by it.

In a final scene, a young boy and his friend get together in his bedroom to watch the first four hours of Bergeron's broadcast, without their bands. Downstairs, one boy's mother looks up the stairs with a look of recognition on her face; she is seen to be Phillipa.

"2081" (remake for 2009)

"2081" will be a remake of the 1995 movie Harrison Bergeron that will be set for release between Summer-Fall of 2009.

Based on the short story Harrison Bergeron by celebrated author Kurt Vonnegut, 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, Narnia), Julie Hagerty (Airplane!, What About Bob?) and Armie Hammer (Justice League).

2081 Trailer and Information at:

www.finallyequal.com [http://www.finallyequal.com]

Production

"Harrison Bergeron" was filmed in Ontario, Canada and the University of Toronto Scarborough campus.

Awards

"Harrison Bergeron" was nominated in four categories at the 1996 Gemini Awards:
* Best Direction
* Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
* Best Production Design or Art Direction
* Best Sound

External links

*
*


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Harrison Bergeron (film) —  Cet article concerne le film de 1995. Pour la nouvelle originale de Kurt Vonnegut, voir Harrison Bergeron. Harrison Bergeron Acteurs principaux Sean Astin Christopher Plummer Eugene Levy Miranda de Pencier Howie Mandel Sc …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Harrison Bergeron - IQ Runner — In diesem Artikel oder Abschnitt fehlen folgende wichtige Informationen: Vollständige Handlung Du kannst Wikipedia helfen, indem du sie recherchierst und einfügst …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Harrison Bergeron – IQ Runner — In diesem Artikel oder Abschnitt fehlen folgende wichtige Informationen: Vollständige Handlung Du kannst Wikipedia helfen, indem du sie recherchierst und einfügst …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Harrison Bergeron — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel Harrison Bergeron – IQ Runner Originaltitel Harrison Bergeron …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Harrison Bergeron — Infobox short story | name = Harrison Bergeron title orig = translator = author = Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. country = USA language = English series = genre = Dystopia, Science fiction, Political Fiction, short story published in = The Magazine of… …   Wikipedia

  • Harrison Bergeron (téléfilm) — Cet article concerne le film de 1995. Pour la nouvelle originale de Kurt Vonnegut, voir Harrison Bergeron. Harrison Bergeron Données clés Réalisation Bruce Pittman Scénario Kurt Vonnegut (story) Arthur Crimm Jon Gl …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Harrison Bergeron — Pauvre surhomme Auteur Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Genre Dystopie, Science fiction, Fiction politique, Nouvelle Version originale Titre original Harrison Bergeron Langue originale …   Wikipédia en Français

  • 2081 (film) — Infobox Film name = 2081 image size = caption = director = Chandler Tuttle producer = Thor Halvorssen writer = Chandler Tuttle narrator = Patricia Clarkson starring = James CosmoJulie HagertyArmie Hammer music = Lee Brooks, as performed by the… …   Wikipedia

  • Mother Night (film) — Mother Night Directed by Keith Gordon Written by Kurt Vonnegut (novel) Robert B. We …   Wikipedia

  • Next Door (1975 film) — Next Door is the name of a short 1975 film written and directed by Andrew Silver. The 24 minute black and white film starred Matthew Bradley and Paul Guilfoyle. Kurt Vonnegut is also credited with writing the story. External links Next Door (1975 …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.