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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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Taglines:

Sex and crime and rock 'n' roll! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heavy Metal See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$204,660, 10 March 1996

Gross USA:

$546,545

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$546,545
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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

The date on Harry Canyon's copy of "The New York Times" is July 3, 2031. 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

The DVD version has rough cut versions of an alternate frame story. This story shows the Grimaldi (the astronaut) bringing his daughter to a carousel. The carousel has the loknar at the center and the horses are replaced by elements of the stories. When Taarna is tortured in the last sequence, the action cuts to the carousel where the girl reacts with pain. The ending is similar, with the girl becoming the new protector. See more »


Soundtracks

Passachaglia
composed by Krzysztof Penderecki
Original recording #1 performed by Andrés Segovia
Produced by Lawrence Collingwood
Original recording #2 performed by the Krakow Chamber Orchestra and Chorus
Produced by Stanislaw Gaflowski
Recordings remixed and compiled for this film and score cue performed by Ross Bagdasarian Jr. and Roger Waters
Produced by Steve Vining, Howard Pfeifer and John McClure
(Neverwhere Land sequence in 1996 reissue version)
(reissue version only)
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A true Cult Classic, and well worth seeing.
1 February 2001 | by mushromSee all my reviews

I have to admit, I loved this movie from when I first saw it. A true cult classic, and second in Midnight Movie viewing only to Rocky Horror.

I think one reason that this movie was looked forward to for so long is that it was unavailable for so long. I remember around 1984 when a release was planned, and a dispute with the multiple musicians caused it to be pulled. But thankfully this was finally resolved, so we can own it again.

I bought a pirate copy when i was in Japan in 1988 (On Beta no less), and almost played it to death. And having been a fan of the comic when I could find it, I think it told the stories very well. I admit that the "green sphere" link was silly and did not work, and that the original "carousel" concept would have been much better (watch the DVD release for details on this). The simple fact that I have bought 3 copies of this time and still own all 3 of them says something about the movie.

Harry Canyon, Den, and Taarna are the be the most remembered pieces of this movie. Each in itself could even be fleshed out to hour long length, and still be enjoyable. So Beautiful, So Dangerous is enjoyable, and Harold Ramis and John Candy steal the show with their voices ("Hey man, you got any of that plutonium niborg left?"). And I admit, the film version of the story was MUCH more enjoyable then the original one from the comic.

PS: Watch for the cameo of a destroyed USS Enterprise. I love pointing that out to people that miss it.


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