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The Iron Giant

6. THE IRON GIANT

FROM The Iron Giant (1999)

PLAYED BY Vin Diesel (voice)

PROGRAMMING He may have been designed as an interstellar weapon, but the alien android makes an ideal companion for a fatherless boy, Hogarth Hughes, who in turn teaches the massive robot that he actually has a soul.

SPECIAL FEATURES Like any alien invader in a movie set in the early Atomic Age, this metal-munching robot can take on an entire army. Also, he can fly, learn a few English words, and make believe he's Superman.

MEMORABLE LINE ''I am not a gun.''

WHY HE PUSHES OUR BUTTONS We like his retro-cool design, but we also choke up at his self-sacrificing stand against a paranoid army, a tearjerking climax worthy of E.T.

EW MOVIE GRADE: A-

Originally posted Jul 14, 2004