Heavy Metal (1981)
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Title Heavy Metal
Production Year 1981
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Synopsis Die Rahmenhandlung des Films beginnt mit dem Astronauten Grimaldi, der die Ladeluke eines Space Shuttles in einer Corvette C1 Convertible verlässt und die Atmosphäre der Erde damit durchquert. Er landet an einem Bremsschirm bei einem Herrenhaus, wo ihn seine junge Tochter begrüßt.
Im Haus angekommen zeigt er ihr einen hermetisch dichten Behälter, in dem sich eine grüne Kugel befindet. Kurze Zeit nachdem er diesen geöffnet hat, beginnt die Kugel schwebend zu glühen und lässt den Astronauten schmerzvoll zerschmelzen. Die Kugel stellt sich dem entsetzten Mädchen als „Der ‚Loc-Nar‘, die Summe alles Bösen“ vor. Bevor sie das Mädchen tötet, will die Kugel ihr zeigen, wie sie die Gesellschaft durch Zeit und Raum beeinflusst hat. Der Loc-Nar zwingt das Mädchen dann, mehrere teils sehr beängstigende Geschichten anzusehen, in der die grüne Kugel stets als böse treibende Kraft eine zentrale Rolle einnimmt.
Die Geschichte gliedert sich in folgende Episoden:-
- Sanfte Landung (Intro von Dan O’Bannon)
- Grimaldi (Rahmenhandlung)
- Harry Canyon (nach einem Storyboard von Juan Giminez)
- Den (von Richard Corben)
- Captain Sternn (von Berni Wrightson)
-  B-17 (von Dan O’Bannon)
- So schön und so gefährlich (von Angus McKie)
- Taarna (angelehnt an Moebius’ „Arzach“)
- (Neverwhere Land (Cornelius Col)
  wurde aus Gründen der Filmlänge herausgenommen,
  ist jedoch auf der DVD vorhanden.

Soundtrack zum Film:

- Heavy Metal (Original Version) - Sammy Hagar
- Heartbeat - Jerry Riggs)
- Working in the Coalmine  -Devo
- Veteran of the Psychic Wars - Blue Öyster Cult
- Reach Out - Cheap Trick
- Heavy Metal (Takin’ A Ride) - Don Felder
- True Companion (Donald Fagen)
- Crazy (A Suitable Case For Treatment) - Nazareth
- Radar Rider - Jerry Riggs
- Open Arms - Journey
- Queen Bee - Grand Funk Railroad
- I Must Be Dreamin' - Cheap Trick
- The Mob Rules (Alternate Version) - Black Sabbath
- All of You - Don Felder
- Prefabricated - Trust
- Blue Lamp - Stevie Nicks

Leading Role Don Francks - Grimaldi (segment "Grimaldi") / Co-Pilot (segment "B-17") / Barbarian (segment "Taarna") (voice); Caroline Semple - Girl (segment "Grimaldi") (voice); Richard Romanus - Harry Canyon (segment "Harry Canyon") (voice); Susan Roman - Girl (segment "Harry Canyon") / Satellite (segment "Harry Canyon") (voice); Al Waxman - Rudnick (segment "Harry Canyon") (voice)
Supporting Role Harvey Atkin - Alien (segment "Harry Canyon") / Henchman (segment "Harry Canyon") (voice); John Candy - Desk Sergeant (segment "Harry Canyon") / Dan (segment "Den") / Den (segment "Den") / Robot (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice); Glenis Wootton Gross - Whore (segment "Harry Canyon") (voice); Marilyn Lightstone - Whore (segment "Harry Canyon") / Queen (segment "Den") (voice); Jackie Burroughs - Katherine (segment "Den") (voice); Martin Lavut - Ard (segment "Den") (voice); August Schellenberg - Norl (segment "Den") / Taarak (segment "Taarna") (voice); John Vernon - Prosecutor (segment "Captain Sternn") (voice); Eugene Levy - Sternn (segment "Captain Sternn") / Male Reporter (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") / Edsel (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice); Joe Flaherty - Lawyer (segment "Captain Sternn") / General (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice); Rodger Bumpass - Hanover Fiste (segment "Captain Sternn") / Dr. Anrak (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice) (as Roger Bumpass); Douglas Kenney - Regolian (segment "Captain Sternn") (voice); George Touliatos - Pilot (segment "B-17") / Barbarian (segment "Taarna") (voice); Zal Yanovsky - Navigator (segment "B-17") / Barbarian (segment "Taarna") (voice); Patty Dworkin - Woman Reporter (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice); Warren Munson - Senator (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice); Alice Playten - Gloria (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice); Harold Ramis - Zeke (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice); Vlasta Vrana - Barbarian Leader (segment "Taarna") (voice); Mavor Moore - Elder (segment "Taarna") (voice); Thor Bishopric - Boy (segment "Taarna") (voice); Len Doncheff - Barbarian (segment "Taarna") (voice); Cedric Smith - Bartender (segment "Taarna") (voice); Joseph Golland - Councilman (segment "Taarna") (voice); Charles Jolliffe - Councilman (segment "Taarna") (voice) (as Charles Joliffe); Ned Conlon - Councilman (segment "Taarna") (voice); Percy Rodrigues - Loknar (voice) (uncredited)
Crew Gerald Potterton - Director; Len Blum - Screenplay Writer/Screenplay Writer: Story) (Segment "Harry Canyon"/Screenplay Writer: Story) (Segment "Taarna"; Daniel Goldberg - Screenplay Writer: Screenplay) (as Dan Goldberg/Screenplay Writer: Story) (Segment "Harry Canyon") (as Dan Goldberg/Screenplay Writer: Story) (Segment "Taarna") (as Dan Goldberg/Post-Production Supervisor; Dan O'Bannon - Screenplay Writer: Original Story) (Segment "Soft Landing"/Screenplay Writer: Story) (Segment "B-17"; Richard Corben - Screenplay Writer: Original Story) (Segment "Den"; Bernie Wrightson - Screenplay Writer: Original Story) (Segment "Captain Sternn"; Angus McKie - Screenplay Writer: Original Story) (Segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous"; Jean Giraud - Characters and Situations (Segment "Taarna"); Vic Atkinson - Sequence Producer (Segments "Harry Canyon" and "B-17"); John Coates - Sequence Producer (Segment "Soft Landing"); Michael C. Gross - Associate Producer/Production Designer; John Halas - Sequence Producer (Segment "Grimaldi"); Jerry Hibbert - Sequence Producer (Segment "Den"); Peter Lebensold - Associate Producer; Leonard Mogel - Executive Producer; Lawrence Nesis - Associate Producer; Ivan Reitman - Producer; W.H. Stevens Jr. - Sequence Producer (Segments "Harry Canyon" and "B-17"); Elmer Bernstein - Music Composer; Ian Llande - Editor: Segment "Den"; Mick Manning - Editor: Segment "Soft Landing"; Gerald Tripp - Editor: Segments "Harry Canyon" and "B-17"; Pat Gavin - Art Director: Segment "Den"; Dominic Anciano - Production Manager (Segment "Soft Landing"); Francis Gallagher - Production Manager: Live Action Shoot (Segment "Taarna"); Valerie Gifford - Production Manager (Segment "Taarna"); Andrew Gryn - Unit Manager: Live Action Shoot (Segment "Taarna"); Susan Kapigian - Production Manager (Segment "Captain Sternn"); Jack King - Production Manager (Segment "Grimaldi"); Christine Larocque - Production Supervisor; Philip Lynch - Production Manager (Segments "Grimaldi" and "So Beautiful and So Dangerous"); Elizabeth Murdoch - Assistant Production Supervisor; Bob Yuile - Production Manager (Segments "Harry Canyon" and "B-17"); Marc Chiasson - Sound Effects Editor; Rod Crawley - Sound Effects Editor; Austin Grimaldi - Sound Re-Recordist; Joe Grimaldi - Sound Re-Recordist; Joanne Hovey - Assistant Sound Editor/Sound Effects Editor; Peter Jermyn - Synthesized Sound Effects; Andy Malcolm - Post Sync Sound Effects; Peter McBurnie - Post Sync Sound Effects; Tony Reed - Dialogue Editor; Nick Rotundo - Assistant Sound Editor; Peter Thillaye - Supervising Sound Editor; Gord Thompson - Assistant Sound Editor/Sound Effects Editor; Don White - Foley Recording Mixer/Sound Re-Recording Mixer