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A boy makes friends with an innocent alien giant robot 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 and mild language | 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:

£196,079 (UK) (17 December 1999)

Gross:

£2,456,310 (UK) (4 February 2000)
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Among the comics Hogarth shows the Giant is an issue of "The Spirit". Since the comic-book version ended in 1950 ("The Spirit" was a newspaper comic originally), it's unlikely that, in real life, Hogarth would have had any issues. But before Brad Bird made "Iron Giant", he tried (but failed) to get backing for a "Spirit" animated film. See more »

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One of Hogarth's classmates calls him Pointdexter, most likely in reference to a character in Felix the Cat. The story takes place in 1957, three years before that show went on the air. See more »

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Annie Hughes: Strange. He's so tight-lipped now, and yesterday he wouldn't stop talking. I mean, hundred-foot robots and whatnot.
Kent Mansley: Hundred-foot robot? He, he. That's nutty.
[they both laugh]
Kent Mansley: What else did he say?
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References Forbidden Planet (1956) See more »

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The Best of Two Worlds: Adult and Kid
9 August 1999 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

All too often, "family films" are only infantile, simplistic formulas with a few self-referential and pop-culture jokes thrown in to try and keep adults awake. But then along comes something like "The Iron Giant", which is sophisticated enough to demand respect while maintaining a mythic and pure-hearted tone that actually does appeal to the kid in everybody.

"The Iron Giant" is refreshingly non-Disney in no end of ways. Characters seem real and chosen to fit the story, instead of being a superficial reshuffling of an old formula. The animation definitely has its eye-popping moments, but there are also scenes of great wonderment, pathos, and humour that only top-drawer animation can convey. The Giant itself is a great character, who only becomes MORE interesting as the film continues (another huge break from Disney). No scene is wasted in this film, either; every set piece, even the really funny ones, helps either to establish the "world" of the movie, or to advance the plot. At no time do you feel that you are merely waiting for the story to crank up again.

"The Iron Giant" is funny, exhilarating, and touching as well. It's sad to see it failing at the box office, as a blunt reminder that the success of films is often in direct proportion to their publicity budget. Hopefully, though, word-of-mouth will come to its rescue. Go see it! Tell your friends! Then go again! (Repeat as necessary.)

P.S. I find myself comparing the Iron Giant character to Martin Donovan's character in "Amateur". If there is anyone else on earth who has seen both films you may wish to entertain the notion yourself.


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