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Heavy Metal (1981)

A glowing green orb - which embodies ultimate evil - terrorizes a young girl with an anthology of bizarre and fantastic stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror.

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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)
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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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An astronaut brings home a glowing green orb for his daughter. However, the green orb wipes him out and corners the girl for its purposes. Claiming to embody ultimate evil, the malevolent sphere, known as the Loc-Nar, terrorizes the little girl by showing a series of bizarre and fantastic stories it has influenced. The first is "Harry Canyon", a cynical taxi driver in a squalid futuristic New York who finds himself involved with a damsel in distress who is relentlessly pursued by murderous thugs who desire the Loc-Nar her archaeologist father found. The second is "Den", which chronicles the adventures of a nerdish teenager who is thrown into the fantasy world of Neverwhere, where he is transformed into a studly naked muscle man, desired by beautiful women, who must get involved in a conflict revolving around possession of the Loc-Nar. The third is "Captain Sternn", where the title character is a handsome but irredeemable scoundrel who stands accused in a trial that Loc-Nar throws into... Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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Columbia Pictures takes you beyond the future into a universe you've never seen before. A universe of mystery. A universe of magic. A universe of sexual fantasies. A universe of awesome good. A universe of terrifying evil. See more »


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7 August 1981 (USA)  »

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Métal hurlant  »

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$9,300,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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 »

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The color of the Queen's hair and robe. 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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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Fire and Ice (1983) See more »

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Passachaglia
composed by Krzysztof Penderecki
Original recording #1 performed by Andrés Segovia
Produced by Lawrence Collingwood
Original recording #2 performed by the Krakow Chamber Orchestra and Chorus
Produced by Stanislaw Gaflowski
Recordings remixed and compiled for this film and score cue performed by Ross Bagdasarian Jr. and Roger Waters
Produced by Steve Vining, Howard Pfeifer and John McClure
(Neverwhere Land sequence in 1996 reissue version)
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Trippy little piece of art; waycool soundtrack to boot
4 April 2003 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

HEAVY METAL (1981) **1/2 (Voices of : John Candy, Eugene Levy, Joe Flaherty, Harold Ramis, John Vernon) {Featuring songs by : Devo, Sammy Hagar, Blue Oyster Cult, Donald Fagan, Stevie Nicks, Nazareth, Grand Funk Railroad, Journey, Cheap Trick, Black Sabbath, Don Felder, Riggs, Trust} Landmark animated adaptation of the cult magazine "Heavy Metal" is a dizzying soup of noir, science fiction, fantasy and sex vignettes all strung together by the shared element of a glowing green meteorite of pure evil called Loc-Mar {which by the way has parallels to the glowing suitcase in "Pulp Fiction" and the eerie car trunk of "Repo Man"; just food for thought} that threatens a little girl as it recalls the stories for her. Somewhat dated by today's standards but nonetheless a trippy little piece of art. It's recent release on video (1996) was held up primarily by music rights for all the songs being used; includes THX sound and an excised segment "Neverwhere Land" that was cut due to running time. Executive produced by Ivan Reitman ("Ghostbusters"). Directed by Gerald Potterton.


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