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The Iron Giant (1999)

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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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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)
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


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$23,159,305 (USA) (19 November 1999)

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Russian Sergei P. Korolev masterminded the Sputnik launch, the world's first artificial satellite. The launch has also been dramatized in The Right Stuff (1983) and October Sky (1999). See more »


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 »


Hogarth Hughes: Hey, I thought you were in trouble. I had this weird guy following me around, it took me hours to shake him, I kill myself getting out here, and you have him doing... arts and crafts.
Dean McCoppin: You have a problem with arts and crafts, little man?
Hogarth Hughes: He's a giant robot. It's a little undignified.
Dean McCoppin: It is? Well then, smart guy, what would you have him do?
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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 »


Referenced in Atop the Fourth Wall: All-Star Batman and Robin #8 (2014) See more »


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

22 November 2000 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

The Iron Giant is a critically acclaimed piece of animated cinema. I wasn't expecting it to be that good, but The Iron Giant was an amazing movie, it is easily the most exquisite animated movie I have ever seen.

Hogarth Hughes (Eli Marenthal) is obsessed by the opportunites offered by science fiction, the possibility of an alien take-over or, at the very least, an attack from outer space. The original story, which the late Poet Laureate had set in England, saw the innocent Titan of the title emerge from the sea; here he is a visitor from another galaxy.

The Iron Giant is an amazing piece of animation, the voice-overs were done perfectly, the actors obviously enjoyed themselves, the animated art direction and cinematography was beautiful and the giant itself is just...breathtaking.

The Iron Giant is not just another silly little kiddies movie, it is perfection in filmmaking. Please, for the love of God, make your life better and see this brilliant film.

I rate The Iron Giant 10 out of 10.

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