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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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A step beyond science-fiction. See more »


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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

England, UK

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Budget:

$9,300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color (Metrocolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Apparently, Elon Musk was (is) a huge fan of this movie, as his Tesla with Starman at the wheel mounted atop the Falcon Heavy launched 2/06/2018 is nearly identical to the Corvette with the astronaut aboard in the opening segment, Soft Landing. See more »

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In the Den segment, when Katherine is first going to be sacrificed, she goes from being tied up to untied and struggling to tied up again. See more »

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[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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Comic fantasy ... and nothing more
2 April 2001 | by aharmonSee all my reviews

Trying to con Harry Canyon in futuristic New York City ("big deal"), striking a deal with Den, having sex with a robot (or, as he puts it, using "mechanical assistance"), bribing Hanover Fiste to testify on your behalf in court, praying for Taarna to save you. None of these things have anything in common except for the Loch-nar, a green ball supposedly containing the essence and entirety of evil.

It doesn't matter if none of this makes complete sense or if it's even that good in terms of plot construction. This is Heavy Metal!

The concept of this 1981 animated experiment is two-fold: show good and evil in a constant state of flux, and bring to life the richness and erotic energy of the popular animated magazine. Add to that some science fiction, a slight reverence for history (in the beautiful ghoul scene in the WWII B-17) and a juvenile insight into drugs and sex, and you have the definition of my '80s youth culture.

I was one of those kids who'd sneak an issue of Heavy Metal, found on the magazine stands in the local drug store next to the grocery store where my father did his weekly shopping, inside another magazine and stare at the drawings, looking for some violence and humor ... and naked women with bi g breasts. I did the same thing whenever I got my hands on a National Lampoon and, if I was lucky, Hustler.

It's pre-pubescence at its hormonal best! And seeing it again as an adult brings all that excitement back to me. Every story, every piece of music ... God, every shot for that matter -- they all bring me back to being 10 years old and wrestling with my older cousin as she tried to block my eyes when the chick Harry Canyon picks up off the street strips and slides into bed with him to the tune of Journey's "Open Arms."

This movie wasn't meant to be cinematic greatness. It was meant to be a boy's fantasy and his coming of age. Sometimes we take these things too seriously. A good movie is a good movie, and a good memory is a good memory. Let's leave it at that ... and let me get a whiff of that stuff the spaceship pilots have lined along the floor...


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