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Heavy Metal (1981)

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A glowing green orb - which embodies ultimate evil - terrorizes a young girl with an anthology of bizarre and fantastic stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror.

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Daniel Goldberg (screenplay) (as Dan Goldberg), Len Blum (screenplay) | 9 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Francks ... Grimaldi (segment "Grimaldi") / Co-Pilot (segment "B-17") / Barbarian (segment "Taarna") (voice)
Caroline Semple Caroline Semple ... Girl (segment "Grimaldi") (voice)
Richard Romanus ... Harry Canyon (segment "Harry Canyon") (voice)
Susan Roman ... Girl (segment "Harry Canyon") / Satellite (segment "Harry Canyon") (voice)
Al Waxman ... Rudnick (segment "Harry Canyon") (voice)
Harvey Atkin ... Alien (segment "Harry Canyon") / Henchman (segment "Harry Canyon") (voice)
John Candy ... Desk Sergeant (segment "Harry Canyon") / Dan (segment "Den") / Den (segment "Den") / Robot (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice)
Glenis Wootton Gross Glenis Wootton Gross ... Whore (segment "Harry Canyon") (voice)
Marilyn Lightstone ... Whore (segment "Harry Canyon") / Queen (segment "Den") (voice)
Jackie Burroughs ... Katherine (segment "Den") (voice)
Martin Lavut Martin Lavut ... Ard (segment "Den") (voice)
August Schellenberg ... Norl (segment "Den") / Taarak (segment "Taarna") (voice)
John Vernon ... Prosecutor (segment "Captain Sternn") (voice)
Eugene Levy ... Sternn (segment "Captain Sternn") / Male Reporter (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") / Edsel (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice)
Joe Flaherty ... Lawyer (segment "Captain Sternn") / General (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice)
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Storyline

An astronaut brings home a glowing green orb for his daughter. However, the green orb wipes him out and corners the girl for its purposes. Claiming to embody ultimate evil, the malevolent sphere, known as the Loc-Nar, terrorizes the little girl by showing a series of bizarre and fantastic stories it has influenced. The first is "Harry Canyon", a cynical taxi driver in a squalid futuristic New York who finds himself involved with a damsel in distress who is relentlessly pursued by murderous thugs who desire the Loc-Nar her archaeologist father found. The second is "Den", which chronicles the adventures of a nerdish teenager who is thrown into the fantasy world of Neverwhere, where he is transformed into a handsome muscleman, desired by beautiful women, who must get involved in a conflict revolving around possession of the Loc-Nar. The third is "Captain Sternn", where the title character is a handsome but irredeemable scoundrel who stands accused in a trial that the Loc-Nar throws into ... Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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Louder and nastier than ever. See more »


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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Métal hurlant See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,300,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is made up of eight segments.
  • Soft Landing: A 1959 fiberglass-bodied Chevy Corvette is deployed from a space shuttle, lands on Earth, and drives up to a mansion.
  • Grimaldi: The astronaut goes into the mansion and shows his daughter what he found. When he opens his case, a green glowing orb rises out and melts him.
  • Harry Canyon: A 21st-century New York taxicab driver finds himself involved between a covetous gangster, the beautiful daughter of an archaeologist, and a green glowing orb called the Loc-Nar.
  • Den: A nerdish teenager is transported through space and time to another world into the body of a muscular warrior, and becomes involved in a power struggle revolving around possession of the Loc-Nar.
  • Captain Sternn: A square-jawed space pirate is on trial for numerous serious charges and only his character witness can save him.
  • [Neverwhere Land]: Deleted segment about how the Loc-Nar guided the evolution of life on Earth through violence and anger.
  • B-17: The remaining crew of a damaged World War II B-17 bomber must survive the machinations of the Loc-Nar.
  • So Beautiful, So Dangerous: A voluptuous secretary transported by accident onboard a spaceship when its crew retrieves its android.
  • Taarna: The Loc-Nar corrupts a tribe of human outcasts, turning them into vicious marauders that will overwhelm the world with cold, murderous violence. The last scion of a warrior race, seeking to avenge the deaths of the people she was sworn to protect, is the only being that can stop them.


The Grimaldi segment is the link device that ties this movie together. The Loc-Nar features in some way in the six stories that follow. It narrates to the captive girl tales about its great power before it begins to devour her. See more »

Goofs

The color of the spaceship's thrusters in "So Beautiful and So Dangerous" changes from green to red between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: A shadow shall fall over the universe, and evil will grow in its path, and death will come from the skies.
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Crazy Credits

The rolling text of the credits stutter upwards in rhythm with the machine sound that opens the song "Working in the Coal Mine" performed by Devo. See more »

Alternate Versions

Because of time constraints, a segment called "Neverwhere Land" was deleted; in this film, this would have connected "Captain Sternn" to "B-17". The story follows the influence of the Loc-Nar upon the evolution of a planet, from the Loc-Nar landing in a body of water, influencing the rise of the industrial age, and a world war. This original story was created by Corny Cole. The original rough animatics are set to a loop of the beginning of the song "Time" by Pink Floyd. The 1996 VHS release included this segment at the beginning of the tape. On the DVD release, this segment is included within the bonus features and is dedicated "In memory of Dawn M. Cole - 1931-1985". In both released versions, the sequence is set to the music of "Passacaglia" (from Magnificat), composed and conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki. See more »

Connections

Spin-off Heavy Metal F.A.K.K.2 (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Prefabricated
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Performed by Trust
Written by Bernie Bonvoisin, Norbert Krief and Jimmy Pursey
Publisher: April Music CBS Disques
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User Reviews

Take it for what it is
26 December 2003 | by jdjnknsSee all my reviews

Sure, it's not the best animation by today's standards. However, for when it was made the animation was top notch. It does have a great voice cast and the music is great. I graduated highschool in 1991 with long hair down my back. I went to my senior prom wearing a Motley Crue t-shirt--so nothing more to be said. I think anyone like me must appreciate Heavy Metal at least on some level. I also appreciate it for the art work and the small details. Watching a beatiful warrior godess slowly don her ridiculously sexy red outfit before wielding a sword to gut a bunch of mutants--it couldn't get any better. The movie as a whole, a conglomerate of strangley unrelated yet joined stories, makes this movie a cult classic--as true as they come. Perhaps that is what is lacking in Heavy Metal 2000--truely a sad attempt as a sequel, with no potential of ever being a worthy classic to sit on a shelf next to the original. The FAKK sword is the coolest thing about the movie, besides the Simon Beasley cover art. At least I think that's Simon's work and not Royo's--perhaps someone could confirm that. Okay, but not to stray from the topic of Heavy Metal (1981)---take it for what it is--don't over analyze it. Sit back, have a few laughs, poke fun at it, and at the end I think it's worth the watch.


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