Heavy Metal (film)

Heavy Metal
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byGerald Potterton
Produced byIvan Reitman
Screenplay by
Based on
Original art and stories
by
Starring
Narrated byPercy Rodriguez
Music byElmer Bernstein
Edited by
  • Ian Llande ("Den")
  • Mick Manning ("Soft Landing")
  • Gerald Tripp ("Harry Canyon" and "B-17")
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • August 7, 1981 (1981-08-07)
Running time
90 minutes[1]
CountryCanada[2]
United States[2]
LanguageEnglish
Budget$9.3 million
Box office$20.1 million[3][4]

Heavy Metal is a 1981 Canadian-American adult animated sci-fi-fantasy film directed by Gerald Potterton, produced by Ivan Reitman and Leonard Mogel, who also was the publisher of Heavy Metal magazine, which was the basis for the film, and starring the voices of Rodger Bumpass, Jackie Burroughs, John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Don Francks, Martin Lavut, Marilyn Lightstone, Eugene Levy, Alice Playten, Harold Ramis, Percy Rodriguez, Susan Roman, Richard Romanus, August Schellenberg, John Vernon, and Zal Yanovsky. The screenplay was written by Daniel Goldberg and Len Blum.

The film is an anthology of various science fiction and fantasy stories adapted from Heavy Metal magazine and original stories in the same spirit. Like the magazine, the film features a great deal of graphic violence, sexuality, and nudity. Its production was expedited by having several animation houses working simultaneously on different segments.

A sequel titled Heavy Metal 2000 was released in 2000.