The Iron Giant (1999)

PG   |    |  Animation, Action, Adventure


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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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  • Vin Diesel and Eli Marienthal in The Iron Giant (1999)
  • Allison Abbate and Brad Bird in The Iron Giant (1999)
  • Vin Diesel and Eli Marienthal in The Iron Giant (1999)
  • Vin Diesel and Eli Marienthal in The Iron Giant (1999)
  • Vin Diesel and Eli Marienthal in The Iron Giant (1999)
  • Vin Diesel and Eli Marienthal in The Iron Giant (1999)

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Director:

Brad Bird

Writers:

Tim McCanlies (screenplay by), Brad Bird (screen story by), Ted Hughes (based on the book "The Iron Man" by)

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2 August 1999 | pooch-8
Guns kill.
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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Release Date:

6 August 1999

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,732,614 8 August 1999

Gross USA:

$23,159,305

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,180,087

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