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Heavy Metal (1981)

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A glowing orb terrorizes a young girl with a collection of stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Grimaldi (segment "Grimaldi") / Co-Pilot (segment "B-17") / Barbarian (segment "Taarna") (voice)
Caroline Semple ...
Girl (segment "Grimaldi") (voice)
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Girl (segment "Harry Canyon") / Satellite (segment "Harry Canyon") (voice)
Al Waxman ...
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Alien (segment "Harry Canyon") / Henchman (segment "Harry Canyon") (voice)
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Desk Sergeant (segment "Harry Canyon") / Dan (segment "Den") / Den (segment "Den") / Robot (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice)
Glenis Wootton Gross ...
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Whore (segment "Harry Canyon") / Queen (segment "Den") (voice)
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Katherine (segment "Den") (voice)
Martin Lavut ...
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Norl (segment "Den") / Taarak (segment "Taarna") (voice)
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Prosecutor (segment "Captain Sternn") (voice)
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Sternn (segment "Captain Sternn") / Male Reporter (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") / Edsel (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice)
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Lawyer (segment "Captain Sternn") / General (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice)
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Storyline

A sweeping story of the battle of good against evil is told through an anthology of short animated films about a glowing green orb (the Loc-Nar) that is the personification of ultimate evil in the universe. Based loosely on the American magazine "Heavy Metal," and the French magazine "Métal Hurlant". Written by Christopher E. Meadows <cmeadows@nyx.cs.du.edu>

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Louder And Nastier Than Ever See more »


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7 August 1981 (USA)  »

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$9,300,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Elmer Bernstein's theme for Taarna was actually written for the character of Alex in Saturn 3 (1980). The theme was never heard in the film, so Bernstein used it for this film. See more »

Goofs

When the pilot lands on the South Seas island, Howler Monkeys can be heard in the background. They are native to South America, not the South Pacific. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: A shadow shall fall over the universe, and evil will grow in its path, and death will come from the skies.
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Referenced in Dreamscape (1984) See more »

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Heartbeat
Performed by Riggs
Written by Jerry Riggs
Publisher: Mr. Sunshine Inc, BMI
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Comic fantasy ... and nothing more
2 April 2001 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Trying to con Harry Canyon in futuristic New York City ("big deal"), striking a deal with Den, having sex with a robot (or, as he puts it, using "mechanical assistance"), bribing Hanover Fiste to testify on your behalf in court, praying for Taarna to save you. None of these things have anything in common except for the Loch-nar, a green ball supposedly containing the essence and entirety of evil.

It doesn't matter if none of this makes complete sense or if it's even that good in terms of plot construction. This is Heavy Metal!

The concept of this 1981 animated experiment is two-fold: show good and evil in a constant state of flux, and bring to life the richness and erotic energy of the popular animated magazine. Add to that some science fiction, a slight reverence for history (in the beautiful ghoul scene in the WWII B-17) and a juvenile insight into drugs and sex, and you have the definition of my '80s youth culture.

I was one of those kids who'd sneak an issue of Heavy Metal, found on the magazine stands in the local drug store next to the grocery store where my father did his weekly shopping, inside another magazine and stare at the drawings, looking for some violence and humor ... and naked women with bi g breasts. I did the same thing whenever I got my hands on a National Lampoon and, if I was lucky, Hustler.

It's pre-pubescence at its hormonal best! And seeing it again as an adult brings all that excitement back to me. Every story, every piece of music ... God, every shot for that matter -- they all bring me back to being 10 years old and wrestling with my older cousin as she tried to block my eyes when the chick Harry Canyon picks up off the street strips and slides into bed with him to the tune of Journey's "Open Arms."

This movie wasn't meant to be cinematic greatness. It was meant to be a boy's fantasy and his coming of age. Sometimes we take these things too seriously. A good movie is a good movie, and a good memory is a good memory. Let's leave it at that ... and let me get a whiff of that stuff the spaceship pilots have lined along the floor...


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