Excerpts From the Movie
- Equality of Outcome
- To Hear All the Different Sounds
- What Counts is That You Try
- Bergeron Has Escaped
- Bergeron’s Introduction
- Ignorance Without the Bliss
Equality of Outcome
The year was 2081, and everybody was ﬁnally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law, you see. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. And all this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of the United States Handicapper General.
To Hear All the Different Sounds
You know, it must be very interesting to hear all the different sounds—all the things they think up.
Hazel, if I take them off, I’m gonna want to keep them off. And we both know how we would feel about that.
I’d hate it.
So, nothing to be done, then.
What Counts is That You Try
Well, that’s all right—he tried. That’s the important thing. I think he should get a nice big raise for trying so hard.
Bergeron Has Escaped
Replacement T.V. Anchor:
Good evening. We’ve just received warning from the ofﬁce of the Handicapper General that suspected-anarchist Harrison Bergeron has escaped from custody. Arrested six years ago for propagandist vandalism, broadcast piracy, refusal to report for his quarterly handicapping evaluations, and for the blatant removal of his handicaps in a public place, Mr. Bergeron had been awaiting trial in a maximum security prison here in Washington, D. C., when he, miraculously, disappeared from his cell earlier this evening. Please be advised that Bergeron is a genius and an athlete, is underhandicapped, and is considered extremely dangerous.
My name is Harrison Bergeron. I am a fugitive, and a public threat. I am an abomination of the able. I am an exception to the accepted. I am the greatest man you have never known. And for the last six years, I have been held prisoner by the state—sentenced, without trial, to torture without end.
Ignorance Without the Bliss
Hun? You look upset; what’s wrong?
(all choked up) I don’t know. Something, uh…sad…on the television, I think.
Oh, well, you should forget sad things, anyway; I always do.
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