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FILM DETAILS
Certificate U
Cast
Jennifer Aniston
Harry Connick Jr.
Vin Diesel
James Gammon
Christopher McDonald
Directors
Brad Bird
Screenwriters
Tim McCanlies
Running Time
86 minutes

The Iron Giant
Brad Bird's fantastic adaptation of Ted Hughes story 'The Iron Man'.


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Plot
In 1957 youngster Hogarth Hughes finds a visitor from space in the form of a giant iron man. He rescues him and hides him in a junk yard, but the Iron Man has been constructed as a weapon, and instead of giving him a chance to transcend his role, government agent Kent provokes him into the violence he hates.


Verdict
Perhaps because it has a certain subversive tone, this was overlooked in America; it deserves a bigger audience overseas, where its message as much as its charm will most likely be far better received.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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