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The Iron Giant (1999)

PG  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure  |  6 August 1999 (USA)
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A boy makes friend with a robot from outer space, but the army are not happy with a robot in the city.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Annie Hughes (voice)
Dean McCoppin (voice)
The Iron Giant (voice)
Mrs. Tensedge (voice)
Kent Mansley (voice)
General Rogard (voice)
Hogarth Hughes (voice)
Earl Stutz (voice)
Jack Angel ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Additional Voices (as Robert Bergen)
Mary Kay Bergman ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Michael Bird ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Devon Cole Borisoff ...
Additional Voices (voice) (as Devon Borisoff)
Additional Voices (voice)


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It came from outer space!

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

6 August 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El gigante de hierro  »

Box Office


$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£2,456,310 (UK) (4 February 2000)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Was originally meant to be a musical. Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff developed it as a stage musical, using songs from Pete Townshend's concept album "The Iron Man" (much like the stage version of The Who's Tommy (1975)). Des McAnuff decided it would work better as an animated feature and pitched it to Warner Bros. See more »


A US Army jeep pulls in and attacks the Iron Giant with a mounted M1919A4 .30 caliber machine gun. However, the one in the film is equipped with spade grips, while the actual M1919A4 would have had a single pistol grip. See more »


Kent Mansley: Launch the missile now!
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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 »


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Duck and Cover
Written by Teddy Newton
Arranged by Preston Oliver
Performed by Brad Bird, Shannon Gregory, and Dean Wellins
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User Reviews

a masterpiece, plain and simple
29 December 1999 | by (St. John's, Newfoundland) – See all my reviews

I'm 25 years old. I have no children. So why am I praising a 'kid's movie' which nobody saw? Because I have never seen a film pack the emotional wallop 'The Iron Giant' provided.

The film's plot is similar to 'E.T.' - a young boy meets an alien robot from outer space, who is stranded on earth, and runs afoul of paranoid government agents. Not to knock the Spielberg film, but what makes 'The Iron Giant' the better film is that the young boy is the teacher. It is he who has to teach the Giant about the beauty of life, the difference between good and evil, and choices we have to make. The Iron Giant, it turns out, is a weapon, who has to struggle against his own nature. The film has an obvious (and timely) gun control message, but its real message is about the choice we make when dealing with other people. We can use our powers for good or lash out at everyone around us.

I dare not give away the climax. All I will say is that it features a sacrifice absolutely breaktaking and emotionally shattering (albeit somewhat blunted by the ending). The animation is gorgeous, Michael Kamen's score is perfect, and the film beautifully evokes the 1950s.

Sadly, poor marketing kept audiences away in droves. All I can say is, to heck with the box office gross. Despite Warner's appearant desire to pretend the film never existed, the word is getting around about what a magical film this is, and I have no doubt it will join 'It's a Wonderful Life' as a film which bombed in theatres but became a classic over the years. See it now, so you can say you discovered it before everyone else did.

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