Harrison Bergeron by Kurt VonnegutIt is the year 2081. Because of Amendments 211, 212, and 213 to the Constitution, every American is fully equal, meaning that no one is stupider, uglier, weaker, or slower than anyone else. The Handicapper General and a team of agents ensure that the laws of equality are enforced.
One April, fourteen-year-old Harrison Bergeron is taken away from his parents, George and Hazel, by the government.
2081 - the film
"2081" Based on: Harrison Bergeron (Full Movie)
They had hoped to destroy any trace of the extraordinary in me, and in time I came to share that hope. But the extraordinary, it seems, was simply out of their reach. It is a poetic tale of triumph and tragedy about a broken family, a brutal government, and an act of defiance that changes everything. George Bergeron James Cosmo wears weights to weaken him physically and earpieces to disturb his mind from thinking, from remembering. His worn leather recliner affords him a view of the television and the door, a perfect symmetry to his conflict. George receives flickering ghostly images of his young son being drug fighting out of the apartment by men is SWAT gear with guns.
As I said in my post about , that film belongs to George Bergeron in that his reactions to the events of the story are the main ones we get to see. Also, just as in , the Harrison is different than he was in the Vonnegut story. Good grades? Well, yes. Got a D on your last vocabulary test? You can do better. Got a B?
From the SparkNotes Blog
In a future America, all exceptional human intelligence and achievement is stamped out in order to eliminate the destructive consequences of envy. Based on the Kurt Vonnegut story, Harrison Bergeron. Note: the full film can typically be found online via YouTube or Google search. As a parable on the price of silence and the fate of those who prefer security and passivity over independence and freedom, it is one of the best films I have ever seen. Fans of the original short story should enjoy the time spent on keeping the story as accurate as possible without direct mimicry, and the performances are all done rather well.