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The Iron Giant

Director: Brad Bird Run Time: 86 min. Format: 35mm Rating: PG Release Year: 1999

Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Eli Marienthal, Harry Connick Jr., Vin Diesel, Christopher McDonald, James Gammon

Brad Bird’s classic tale of a child who befriends something scary that the government wants to kill. Taking place at the height of Cold War hostilities, Hogarth, a nine-year-old Mainer hopped up on comic books & cornball sci-fi, investigates a meteor that crashed into a nearby forest. Eager to find an invader from Mars, or at least a space rock, Hogarth discovers a massive iron robot with no memory of its purpose or its origin — naturally, they become fast friends. Trouble arises, though, when a paranoid government agent rides into town determined to find and destroy the Giant.