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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Grimaldi (segment "Grimaldi") / Co-Pilot (segment "B-17") / Barbarian (segment "Taarna") (voice)
Caroline Semple ... Girl (segment "Grimaldi") (voice)
... Harry Canyon (segment "Harry Canyon") (voice)
... Girl (segment "Harry Canyon") / Satellite (segment "Harry Canyon") (voice)
... Rudnick (segment "Harry Canyon") (voice)
... Alien (segment "Harry Canyon") / Henchman (segment "Harry Canyon") (voice)
... Desk Sergeant (segment "Harry Canyon") / Dan (segment "Den") / Den (segment "Den") / Robot (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice)
Glenis Wootton Gross ... Whore (segment "Harry Canyon") (voice)
... Whore (segment "Harry Canyon") / Queen (segment "Den") (voice)
... Katherine (segment "Den") (voice)
Martin Lavut ... Ard (segment "Den") (voice)
... Norl (segment "Den") / Taarak (segment "Taarna") (voice)
... Prosecutor (segment "Captain Sternn") (voice)
... Sternn (segment "Captain Sternn") / Male Reporter (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") / Edsel (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice)
... 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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7 August 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$9,300,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the Taarna sequence, as the Barbarian hordes overrun Kraan, a bunny pops out of a barbarian's bedroll for one or two frames. See more »

Goofs

The color of the Queen's hair and robe. 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 »

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Soundtracks

I Must Be Dreamin'
Performed by Cheap Trick
Written by Rick Nielsen
Publisher: Adult Music, BMI
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Growing Up
11 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

I'd imagine a lot of people commenting on this site are within a certain demographic and age group as am I. I notice quite a few comments from people who were in their teens when they saw this movie and identified with it and now who cannot fathom it. To them I say, it's not for you now. It was for you then. This is one of those movies that is aimed at people from the ages of 16 to 20 who are just starting to see what the world is about and what a difference they can make if they try. It's about having dreams and pursuing them and it's about making sure that you don't get carried away in the process. It gives you an idea of what awaits you in the wide world and yet it tells you that if you hold true to what you are and make things happen you will get what you want out of life in the end. Now, the animation isn't as good as even the old Batman/Tarzan Saturday morning cartoons of the 70's, but it has style for days. The soundtrack has become a top selling CD although released years afterwards. The voice characterizations are as good as any animated film ever made. And last but not least, it has John Candy, who, in my book, just has to show up to make a movie. Whether you stay to watch the rest of that particular movie is entirely up to you ... 9 out of 10.


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