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The Iron Giant

When the rooftop TV antenna is mysteriously broken, Little Hogarth Hughes (Eli Marienthal) sets out with his loaded bb-gun to find the culprit. But no matter what his imagination may have suggested, the responsible party is a big surprise. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: A
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: B+
Run Time: 86
Theater Release: 05 Aug 1999
Video Release: 15 Nov 2004
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

This story is set in the cold war era and includes references to the duck and cover drills that may be unfamiliar to children. How did inaccurate information about nuclear missiles leave citizens in a vulnerable situation? Does a lack of correct information about the nature of the Giant make the characters in this movie vulnerable?

Iron Giant didn’t want to fight, yet when provoked he found it difficult to control his violent response. What can we learn to avoid conflict and control our responses toward others?

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