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A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.

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Annie Hughes (voice)
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Dean McCoppin (voice)
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The Iron Giant (voice)
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Mrs. Tensedge (voice)
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Kent Mansley (voice)
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General Rogard (voice)
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Hogarth Hughes (voice)
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Earl Stutz (voice)
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Storyline

This is the story of a nine-year-old boy named Hogarth Hughes who makes friends with an innocent alien giant robot that came from outer space. Meanwhile, a paranoid U.S. Government agent named Kent Mansley arrives in town, determined to destroy the giant at all costs. It's up to Hogarth to protect him by keeping him at Dean McCoppin's place in the junkyard. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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It came from outer space!


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Rated PG for fantasy action violence, language, some thematic material and smoking | See all certifications »

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6 August 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El gigante de hierro  »

Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,732,614 (USA) (6 August 1999)

Gross:

£2,456,310 (UK) (4 February 2000)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kent drives a 1949 Chevy Fleetmaster, and the car that he borrows is a 1954 Oldsmobile 98. See more »

Goofs

There are a few misspelled items that are unlikely to be in-universe errors: a shop Hogarth rides by at the start is spelled "BOUTIQE"; Dean's newspaper talks about a "SATELITE". See more »

Quotes

Dean McCoppin: I'm gonna have coffee. What do you want, some milk, or... what? Milk?
Hogarth Hughes: Coffee's fine.
[Dean looks at Hogarth skeptically]
Hogarth Hughes: Yeah, I drink it. I'm hip.
Dean McCoppin: I dunno. This is espresso, you know? It's like Coffee-zilla.
Hogarth Hughes: I said I'm hip.
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Crazy Credits

The Warner Brothers logo is done in 50's art deco, as the Sputnik signal is heard. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Honeycomb
Written by Bob Merrill
Performed by Jimmie Rodgers
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Guns kill.
2 August 1999 | by (Fargo, North Dakota) – See all my reviews

An ambitious take on Ted Hughes' 1968 children's book The Iron Man, director Brad Bird's The Iron Giant works well as both archetype-infused allegory and heartstring-tugging tale of friendship. Set in small town Maine in the 1950s at the height of Cold War paranoia, the film explores the relationship between a lonely, fatherless boy (a photo on a nightstand hints that the father was a combat pilot killed in WWII) and a monstrously huge, hulking metal behemoth (the origins of which are brilliantly left to the imagination). The animation marks a welcome contrast from the virtually ubiquitous Disney template, with the human characters bearing a stylized, comic book exaggeration that fits perfectly with the story material. The Iron Giant has more than enough imagination and sparkle to interest kids and adults, and nicely balances its action-adventure aspirations with a solidly-crafted sense of moral purpose.


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