Heavy Metal (1981)

R  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Fantasy  |  7 August 1981 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Grimaldi (segment "Grimaldi") / Co-Pilot (segment "B-17") / Barbarian (segment "Taarna") (voice)
Caroline Semple ...
Girl (segment "Grimaldi") (voice)
Girl (segment "Harry Canyon") / Satellite (segment "Harry Canyon") (voice)
Al Waxman ...
Alien (segment "Harry Canyon") / Henchman (segment "Harry Canyon") (voice)
Desk Sergeant (segment "Harry Canyon") / Dan (segment "Den") / Den (segment "Den") / Robot (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice)
Glenis Wootton Gross ...
Whore (segment "Harry Canyon") / Queen (segment "Den") (voice)
Katherine (segment "Den") (voice)
Martin Lavut ...
Norl (segment "Den") / Taarak (segment "Taarna") (voice)
Prosecutor (segment "Captain Sternn") (voice)
Sternn (segment "Captain Sternn") / Male Reporter (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") / Edsel (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice)
Lawyer (segment "Captain Sternn") / General (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice)


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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Release Date:

7 August 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Heavy Metal: Universo em Fantasia  »

Box Office


$9,300,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was inspired by a long-running science fiction magazine of the same title, which began in Europe as Metal Hurlant. Most of the story segments are based on stories or characters featured in the magazine. See more »


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 »


[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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Crazy Credits

The rolling text of the credits stutter upwards in rhythm with the machine sound that opens the song "Working In A Coal Mine" performed by Devo. See more »


Referenced in The City of Lost Children (1995) See more »


All of You
Performed by Don Felder
Written by Don Felder
Publisher: Fingers Music, ASCAP
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User Reviews

6 August 2004 | by (AL) – See all my reviews

A lot of reviews of this film are negative, and I spotted one that said this film is merely for the older generation. Well, I just have to say that this comment is incorrect. I myself was not produced until after the film had been around for some years (*raises hand* 1986), and I highly enjoy this wonderful flick.

I got the chance to sit down and watch the movie with my mother when I was 13, and I instantly fell in love with it. I love the way the green orb links the stories together, the humor, the music, and yes - even the animation.

True, the animation is nothing compared to the stuff that's out there these days, but this film is a classic. If you don't understand the film's stories, then you clearly weren't paying attention.

Heavy Metal magazine is fantastic, and this movie is nothing short of the magazine's beautiful creativity.

Also? Comparing Heavy Metal to its sequel, Heavy Metal 2000, is simply wrong. Heavy Metal 2000 pales in comparison to the original. Sure, the soundtrack is amazing, but in my opinion, that's about it.

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