Heavy Metal (1981)

90m, 2475 metres
35mm film, Metrocolor, 1.37:1 (negative ratio), 1.85:1 (intended ratio)
Dolby, English

A Canadian animated science fiction film directed by Gerald Potterton.

Plot Summary

An animated anthology featuring stories adapted from the Heavy Metal comic. An green alien orb, the Loc-Nar, the sum of all evil in the universe, terrorizes a young girl with its stories: Harry Canyon: a taxi driver in a future finds himself protecting a young woman from a gang of thugs; Den: a teenage boy is transported to a fantasy world where he becomes a mighty hero; Captain Sternn: a disgraced spaceship pilot prepares to stand trial; B-17: the crew of a doomed World War II bomber are revived by the Loc-Nar as ; So Beautiful, So Dangerous: a secretary at the Pentagon is abducted by and meets a sexually charged robot; Taarna: the Loc-Nar turns a peaceful tribe on a future Earth into ruthless barbarians.


Directed by: Gerald Potterton
An Ivan Reitman-Leonard Mogel production. Atkinson Film Arts Ltd, Canadian Film Development Corporation, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Famous Players, Guardian Trust Company
Executive Producer: Leonard Mogel
Produced by: Ivan Reitman
Associate Producers: Michael Gross, Peter Lebensold, Lawrence Nesis
Screenplay by: Dan Goldberg & Len Blum
Supervising Editor: Janice Brown
Music: Elmer Bernstein
Production Designers: Michael Gross, Alex Tavoularis

Sequence Director: Jimmy T. Murakami
Sequence Producer: John Coates, T.V. Cartoons Ltd.
Based on an Original Story by: Dan O'Bannon
And Art by: Thomas Warkentin
Animators: Joanna Fryer, Hilary Audus
Cameraman: Peter Turner
Editor: Mick Manning
Special Effects: Camera Effects

Sequence Director: Harold Whitaker
Sequence Producer: John Halas, Halas & Batchelor Animation Ltd.
Animation Director: Harold Whitaker

Roger Bumpass (Hanover Fiste/Dr Anrak)
John Candy (desk sergeant/Dan/Den/robot)
Jackie Burroughs (Katherine)
Joe Flaherty (lawyer/general)
Don Francks (Grimaldi/co-pilot/barbarian)
Martin Lavut (Ard)
Marilyn Lightstone (whore/Queen)
Eugene Levy (Sternn/male reporter/Edsel)
Alice Playten (Gloria)
Harold Ramis (Zeke)
Susan Roman (girl/satellite)
August Schellenberg (Nort/Taarak)
Richard Romanus (Harry Canyon)
John Vernon (prosecutor)
Zal Yanovsky (navigator/barbarian)

Harvey Atkin (alien/henchman))
Thor Bishopric (boy)
Ned Conlon (councilman)
Len Doncheff (barbarian)
Patty Dworkin (woman reporter)
Joseph Golland (councilman)
Glenis Wootton Gross (whore)
Charles Joliffe (councilman)
Douglas Kenney (Regolian)
Mavor Moore (elder)
Warren Munson (senator)
Caroline Semple (girl)
Cedric Smith (bartender)
George Touliatos (pilot/barbarian)
Vlasta Vrana (barbarian leader)
Al Waxman (Rudnick)

Alternative Titles

Heavy Metal – Universo em Fantasia – Brazilian title
Métal hurlant – French title

Heavy Metal 2000 (2000)

Extracts included in
Imagining Heavy Metal (1999)


Film Review 1982-1983 by F. Maurice Speed (ed.) pp.152-153 – credits, review