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Heavy Metal (29-Jul-1981)

Director: Gerald Potterton

Writers: Len Blum; Richard Corben; Dan Goldberg; Angus McKie; Dan O'Bannon; Bernie Wrightson

Music by: Elmer Bernstein

Producer: Ivan Reitman

Keywords: Musical, Sci-Fi, Action/Adventure, Rock and Roll, Anthology

Anthology of five animated stories, their common thread a glowing green orb, "Locnar." Much coveted, Locnar will give its possessor much more than he or she bargained for. Based on a classic adult fantasy/sci-fi magazine, with a healthy dose of eroticism and nudity. Exceptionally good soundtrack. The ultimate fare for the stoner with discriminating tastes.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Rodger Bumpass
1-Jan-1951   Voice of Squidward Tentacles
John Candy
31-Oct-1950 4-Mar-1994 Uncle Buck
Joe Flaherty
21-Jun-1941   SCTV
Don Francks
28-Feb-1932 3-Apr-2016 Walter on La Femme Nikita
Doug Kenney
10-Dec-1946 27-Aug-1980 National Lampoon cofounder
Eugene Levy
17-Dec-1946   Earl Camembert from SCTV
Harold Ramis
21-Nov-1944 24-Feb-2014 Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters
August Schellenberg
25-Jul-1936 16-Aug-2013 Black Robe
John Vernon
24-Feb-1932 1-Feb-2005 Dean Wormer in Animal House
Al Waxman
2-Mar-1935 18-Jan-2001 Lt. Samuels on Cagney and Lacey


Soft Landing -- story by Dan O'Bannon; art by Thomas Warkentin
Don Francks   ...   Grimaldi
Caroline Semple   ...   Girl
Harry Canyon -- story by Dan Goldberg and Len Blum
Richard Romanus   ...   Harry Canyon
Susan Roman   ...   Girl
Al Waxman   ...   Rudnick
Harvey Atkin   ...   Alien
John Candy   ...   Desk Sergeant
Harvey Atkin   ...   Henchman
Susan Roman   ...   Satellite
Glenis Wootton Gross   ...   Whore
Marilyn Lightstone   ...   Whore
Den -- original art and story by Richard Corben
John Candy   ...   Dan
John Candy   ...   Den
Marilyn Lightstone   ...   Queen
Jackie Burroughs   ...   Katherine
Martin Lavut   ...   Ard
August Schellenberg   ...   Norl
Captain Sternn -- original art and story by Berni Wrightson
John Vernon   ...   Prosecutor
Eugene Levy   ...   Sternn
Joe Flaherty   ...   Lawyer
Rodger Bumpass   ...   Hanover Fiste
Doug Kenney   ...   Regolian
B-17 -- original story by Dan O'Bannon
George Touliatos   ...   Pilot
Don Francks   ...   Co-Pilot
Zal Yanovsky   ...   Navigator
So Beautiful & So Dangerous -- original art and story by Angus McKie
Patty Dworkin   ...   Woman Reporter
Eugene Levy   ...   Male Reporter
Warren Munson   ...   Senator
Joe Flaherty   ...   General
Rodger Bumpass   ...   Dr. Anrak
Alice Playten   ...   Gloria
John Candy   ...   Robot
Harold Ramis   ...   Zeke
Eugene Levy   ...   Edsel
Taarna -- original story by Dan Goldberg and Len Blum
Vlasta Vrana   ...   Barbarian Leader
Mavor Moore   ...   Elder
Thor Bishopric   ...   Boy
August Schellenberg   ...   Taarak
Don Francks   ...   Barbarian
Zal Yanovsky   ...   Barbarian
George Touliatos   ...   Barbarian
Len Doncheff   ...   Barbarian
Cedric Smith   ...   Bartender
Joseph Golland   ...   Councilman
Charles Jolliffe   ...   Councilman
Ned Conlon   ...   Councilman


Review by Crazy Quagga (posted on 10-Feb-2005)

Heavy Metal is one of the classic underground cult films, and one of the most popular in Columbia/TriStar's video collection. Heavy Metal is a grown-up version of Saturday morning-style cartoons-- complete with gratuitous nudity and drug content. The movie (based on the comic book series of the same name) centers around the Loc-Nor, a green-glowing ball of pure evil that tells of its spread of misery. Each story is told as a segment, and each segment has a different animation style and content. Although obstesibly "sci-fi", the movie successfully blends humor, drama, and fantasy in an entertaining way.

The plot is a bit incoherent in places, juvenile in others, and always a bit over the top. This may be why many consider it to be a "stoner" film, a reputation which it probably does deserve.

Although somewhat "primitive" by today's standards of CGI animation, the campy concept, style, and classic rock soundtrack give Heavy Metal a great deal of charm. However, the recent sequal, Heavy Metal 2000, is considerably less inspired.

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