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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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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)  »

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$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

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

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The same license plate (345ZZ) is used for two separate cars in the movie. See more »

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Hogarth Hughes: [opens the door for Kent] Kent Mansley, you work for the government.
Kent Mansley: I... wasn't going to say that. I have something for you, Hogarth.
Annie Hughes: Your B-B gun. Where did you find it?
Kent Mansley: Over at the power station.
Annie Hughes: Hogarth was there the other night.
Kent Mansley: Really? See anything unusual there, Hogarth?
Hogarth Hughes: No... thing unusual, really.
[the toilet upstairs flushes]
Hogarth Hughes: Gotta use the bathroom!
[the toilet upstairs flushes]
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The Warner Brothers logo is done in 50's art deco, as the Sputnik signal is heard. See more »

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Comin' Home Baby
Written by Bob Dorough and Ben Tucker
Performed by Mel Tormé
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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