Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal
Heavy Metal
  • R
  • 1h 30m
  • 1981
Fresh61%
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Based on the fantastical illustrated magazine Heavy Metal, producer Ivan Reitman enlists the help of some of Hollywood's animation masters to create the otherworldly tale of a glowing green orb from outer space that spreads destruction throughout the galaxy. Only when encountered by its one true enemy, to whom it is inexplicably drawn, will goodness prevail throughout the universe. Richly and lavishly drawn, the vignettes of the orb's dark victories include the character voices of John Candy, Harold Ramis and a pounding soundtrack by Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Devo, Donald Fagen, Don Felder, Grand Funk Railroad, Sammy Hagar, Journey, Nazareth, Stevie Nicks, Riggs, and Trust. Highly imaginative and full of surprising special effects, Heavy Metal set the standard for alternative contemporary animation. An intoxicating experience not to be missed!
© 1981 Guardian Trust Company. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Fresh61%
Critics Consensus: It's sexist, juvenile, and dated, but Heavy Metal makes up for its flaws with eye-popping animation and a classic, smartly used soundtrack.
Reviews
Time Out
Derek Adams
Rotten

Fantasies that are gratuitously sexist and Fascist (macho whoring and warmongering), and whose roo...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Janet Maslin
Fresh

Heavy Metal has been animated with great verve, and scored very well, with music much less ear-spl...

June 21, 2017
Film.com
Jeff Gilbert
Fresh

Regardless of its dated stylishness (which still holds up remarkably well a decade plus later), He...

June 16, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Gory, sexy animated fantasy is too much for most teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Heavy Metal is an animated film aimed at teens, but its sexual and violent content makes it inappropriate for most. There are horrifying images of young characters dying, plus fighting, shooting with guns, and slicing with swords. A terrified young girl is a central, disturbing image. Several big-breasted women remove their clothes to sleep with men. There's strong innuendo, toplessness, and full-frontal nudity (mostly women, but men too). Language is strong (including "f--k," "s--t," and "a--hole"). Two aliens snort huge lines of a white powder that makes them spacey.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Fantasy, Sci-Fi
  • Release Date:August 7, 1981
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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