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Wednesday Matinee: Harrison Bergeron

Next year, “Everyone Will Finally Be Equal”.

That’s the tag line for 2081, a short film version of Kurt Vonnegut’s story “Harrison Bergeron”.

This is not the first adaptation, though. In 1995, Showtime aired a star-studded version of “Harrison Bergeron”, which you can watch right here. It is described thusly:

Welcome to the future. It’s a no-brainer. “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.

[via Jesse Willis of SFF Audio]

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3 Comments on Wednesday Matinee: Harrison Bergeron

  1. Harrison Bergeron was also part of “Between Time & Timbuktoo” in 1972.

  2. Cool…thanks Pam.

  3. Matt Lozenge // September 26, 2008 at 8:17 am //

    Between Time and Timbuktu was a seriously mind twisting TV show. Fractured and mordant, lurching from boredom to pathos to hilarity. They should free it from the museum and release it on DVD.

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