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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 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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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)  »

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

The late Harold Ramis, the voice of Zeke in "So Beautiful, So Dangerous", went on to direct both John Candy and Eugene Levy in the film National Lampoon's Vacation (1983). See more »

Goofs

The two final scenes of "So Beautiful, So Dangerous" are reversed. The robot and the secretary exit the ship onto the space station before the ship lands. If you look closely at the lower right corner of the screen as the ship grinds to a halt in the hangar bay, the escalator ramp used by the robot and the secretary only seconds before is deployed. 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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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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References A Boy and His Dog (1975) See more »

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Taking a Ride (on Heavy Metal)
Performed by Don Felder
Written by Don Felder
Publisher: Fingers Music, ASCAP
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Take it for what it is
26 December 2003 | by See 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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