Kurt Vonnegut


2081
Format: DVD

Directed by Chandler Tuttle
Starring Patricia Clarkson, James Cosmo, Julie Hagerty

Chances are that if you’ve attended High School in the last 15 years or so you’ve probably read the short story Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut. Originally published in the early sixties, Harrison Bergeron is a staple of American classrooms, and a much beloved work by the second greatest American author, after Mark Twain.

The story tells the tale of Harrison Bergeron, who lived in a time when all people are equal. Not just in terms of rights and privileges, but in every way imaginable. No one is stronger, faster, or smarter than anyone else. Those with talents or skills are all handicapped with weights and mental disruptors to keep them from taking unfair advantage of their brains.

Harrison, an extraordinarily gifted young man, refuses to be handicapped, and as such he is arrested, locked away, and then escapes. Harrison takes over a television studio, declares himself the emperor of America, then flies with a ballerina.
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