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The Iron Giant (1999)

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A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Annie Hughes (voice)
... Dean McCoppin (voice)
... The Iron Giant (voice)
... Foreman Marv Loach / Floyd Turbeaux (voice)
... Mrs. Tensedge (voice)
... Kent Mansley (voice)
... General Rogard (voice)
... Hogarth Hughes (voice)
... Earl Stutz (voice)
... Additional Voices (voice)
... Additional Voices (as Robert Bergen)
... Additional Voices (voice)
Michael Bird ... Additional Voices (voice)
Devon Cole Borisoff ... Additional Voices (voice) (as Devon Borisoff)
... Additional Voices (voice)
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Storyline

This is the story of a nine-year-old boy named Hogarth Hughes who makes friends with an innocent alien giant robot that came from outer space. Meanwhile, a paranoid U.S. Government agent named Kent Mansley arrives in town, determined to destroy the giant at all costs. It's up to Hogarth to protect him by keeping him at Dean McCoppin's place in the junkyard. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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It came from outer space!


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for fantasy action violence, language, some thematic material and smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 August 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El gigante de hierro  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,732,614, 8 August 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,159,305, 21 November 1999

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$80,000,000
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| (Signature Edition)

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(Technicolor)

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The film shows the U.S.S. Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine. However, the sub was an attack boat (SSN), not a boomer (SSBN), which it is shown as when firing the bomb at the Giant. See more »

Goofs

When Hogarth is talking to the Giant in the clearing shortly after bumping into the branch, it shows the Giant's head without the dent, shows Hogarth, then shows the Giant's head again this time with the dent. See more »

Quotes

Dean McCoppin: Thanks for the scrap, Floyd. I'm sorry I can't pay you more, but it's got... it's got this large "bite" out of it.
Floyd Turbeaux: That's why I'm selling it. It's got a large bite out of it.
Dean McCoppin: Yeah, right. What could have done this?
Earl Stutz: I told you what.
Dean McCoppin: Oh, yeah. Strange invaders.
Earl Stutz: Thanks for believin' me. I really did call the government. They're sending someone over to take care of the whole thing.
Dean McCoppin: Jeez, Earl, you really are crazy. I mean, who in the hell would the government send?
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Crazy Credits

The Warner Brothers logo is done in 50's art deco, as the Sputnik signal is heard. See more »

Connections

Referenced in DVD (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Do the Cha Cha
Written by Willie Boyd and Richard Nance
Performed by The Magnificents
Courtesy of Vee-Jay Limited Partnership
By Arrangement with Rhino Entertainment Company and Warner Special Products
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Guns kill.
2 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

An ambitious take on Ted Hughes' 1968 children's book The Iron Man, director Brad Bird's The Iron Giant works well as both archetype-infused allegory and heartstring-tugging tale of friendship. Set in small town Maine in the 1950s at the height of Cold War paranoia, the film explores the relationship between a lonely, fatherless boy (a photo on a nightstand hints that the father was a combat pilot killed in WWII) and a monstrously huge, hulking metal behemoth (the origins of which are brilliantly left to the imagination). The animation marks a welcome contrast from the virtually ubiquitous Disney template, with the human characters bearing a stylized, comic book exaggeration that fits perfectly with the story material. The Iron Giant has more than enough imagination and sparkle to interest kids and adults, and nicely balances its action-adventure aspirations with a solidly-crafted sense of moral purpose.


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