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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

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Annie Hughes (voice)
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Dean McCoppin (voice)
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The Iron Giant (voice)
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Mrs. Tensedge (voice)
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Kent Mansley (voice)
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General Rogard (voice)
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Hogarth Hughes (voice)
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Earl Stutz (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!


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

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6 August 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El gigante de hierro  »

Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,732,614 (USA) (8 August 1999)

Gross:

$23,159,305 (USA) (21 November 1999)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Among the comics Hogarth shows the Giant, is an issue of "The Spirit." In the 1990s, Brad Bird attempted to get backing for a "Spirit" animated film. See more »

Goofs

A scene midway through the movie reveals a sign on the side of Dean's tow truck that reads "McCoppin Scrap". The end credits offer us an alternate spelling: Dean McCoppen. See more »

Quotes

Hogarth Hughes: Hey, big metal guy! I got food here for ya! Metal! Crunchy, delicious metal! Come and get it!
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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 »

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References The War of the Worlds (1953) See more »

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Blue Rumba
Written by Bobby Black
Performed by Pepe Dominguin
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Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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a masterpiece, plain and simple
29 December 1999 | by (St. John's, Newfoundland) – See all my reviews

I'm 25 years old. I have no children. So why am I praising a 'kid's movie' which nobody saw? Because I have never seen a film pack the emotional wallop 'The Iron Giant' provided.

The film's plot is similar to 'E.T.' - a young boy meets an alien robot from outer space, who is stranded on earth, and runs afoul of paranoid government agents. Not to knock the Spielberg film, but what makes 'The Iron Giant' the better film is that the young boy is the teacher. It is he who has to teach the Giant about the beauty of life, the difference between good and evil, and choices we have to make. The Iron Giant, it turns out, is a weapon, who has to struggle against his own nature. The film has an obvious (and timely) gun control message, but its real message is about the choice we make when dealing with other people. We can use our powers for good or lash out at everyone around us.

I dare not give away the climax. All I will say is that it features a sacrifice absolutely breaktaking and emotionally shattering (albeit somewhat blunted by the ending). The animation is gorgeous, Michael Kamen's score is perfect, and the film beautifully evokes the 1950s.

Sadly, poor marketing kept audiences away in droves. All I can say is, to heck with the box office gross. Despite Warner's appearant desire to pretend the film never existed, the word is getting around about what a magical film this is, and I have no doubt it will join 'It's a Wonderful Life' as a film which bombed in theatres but became a classic over the years. See it now, so you can say you discovered it before everyone else did.


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