You don't have to be a gun. You are what you choose to be. You choose. Choose.
[Giant is about to kill Hogarth.] No, wait! It's me. Hogarth, remember? It's bad to kill. Guns kill, and you don't have to be a gun. You are what you choose to be. You choose. [closes his eyes, bracing for impact] Choose. [Giant: [his eyes return to normal] Hogarth.][Giant returns to normal and moans.] It's okay. It's okay. We've gotta show them you're good.
Two nights ago, at approximately 1900 hours, S.A.T com radar detected an unidentified flying object entering Earth's atmosphere, losing contact with it two-and-a-half miles off the coast of Rockwell. Some assumed it was a large meteor, or a downed satellite, but my office in Washington received a call from someone reporting an actual encounter with the object. This is no meteor, gentlemen! This is something much more serious.
(the film begins) A very peaceful, stay-at-home kind of day in a town very much like your own. But then, suddenly, without warning...(the bomb in the film explodes in a similar way to the nukes of Soviet Union and the bomb Little Boy which destroyed Hiroshima)ATOMIC HOLOCAUST!!
[Singing] Time to Duck and Cover. The bombs are coming down. A radiation shower will pour throughout your town. Hands up your head, keep low to the ground. Time to Duck and Cover. The bombs are coming down. Duck and Cover. Duck and Cover. Get under the desk with your sister and your brother. Duck and Cover. Duck and Cover. That goes double for your dad and your mother. So, hands over your head, keep low to the ground. 'Cause all the kids who don't will cease to be around.
Hogarth: Hey, Mom! You won't believe our good luck. Guess what I found?
Annie: Hogarth, we've been through this before: No pets.
Hogarth: But he's not a pet, Mom. He's a friend.
Annie: Hogarth, we've got to rent a room this year if we're gonna make ends meet, and no one wants to live in a place with shredded upholstery.
Hogarth: You'll never know he's there. I'll keep him in a cage.
Annie: Until you feel sorry for him, and set him free in the house. You remember the raccoon, Hogarth? [shudders]I remember the raccoon.
Hogarth:[to the Giant] Do you talk? You know, words, "Blah, blah, blah" like that? Can you do that? Blah, blah, blah.
Giant:[in a rusty voice] Blah, blah, blah.
Hogarth: Well... you get the idea anyway. [picks up a rock] See this? This is called a rock. Rock.
Giant:[picks up a boulder] Rock?
Giant:[picks up a tree] Rock!
Hogarth: No, no. That is a tree. [points to boulder] Rock... [points to tree] tree. Get it?
Giant:[looks at boulder] Rock... [looks at tree] tree.
Hogarth: That's right!
[Kent is talking Marv about the power surge]
Kent: Frankly, I'm not entitled to reveal the specifics of the division I work for, and all that that implies.
Marv: You mean, uh, [whispers] national security?
Kent: Let's put it this way. Every once in a while, things happen that just can't be rationalized in a conventional way. But the people want to know that their government has a response. I am that response. So, were there any witnesses?
Marv: Well, sir, if you'll just follow me.
[Kent is on the phone with Rogard.]
General Rogard: Damn it, Mansley, you call me at home for this?
Kent: You don't understand, sir. It-it-it-- It ate my car!
General Rogard: And you saw this happen?
Kent: No, I didn't actually see it. It ran off into the... woods.
General Rogard: So you don't have any evidence?
Kent: But-But sir, I've got an eyewitness!
General Rogard: An eyewitness with a concussion.
Kent:[shouts]This thing i--![covers his mouth and lowers his voice] This thing is a menace. It-It-It-It tore up a power station and-- [phone falls, and he picks up] And caused a train wreck!
General Rogard: What did? Tell me again, Mansley, and this time, listen to yourself.
Kent:[sighs; wearily] A giant metal monster. [Rogard guffaws on the other end. Kent turns around a kitchen mitt that seems to mock him.] Please, sir. I've got a feeling about this one.
General Rogard: That's lovely, Kent. But let me try to explain how this works: If you told me you'd found, say...um, a giant footprint, I might send over a expert to make a plaster cast of it. Hell, you get me a photograph of this thing and I could probably get some troops over there! But you tell me you have a feeling.
Kent: All right, then fine. You want evidence? I'll get you evidence, and when I do, I'm gonna want a memo distributed.
General Rogard: That's just swell, Kent.
Kent: I'm gonna want that memo carbon [yells]COPIED AND RE-DISTRIBUTED,[Rogard hangs up.]AND--
Hogarth:[has just had espresso with Dean, and is not used to its effects] So she moved me up a grade because I wasn't fitting in, so now I'm even more not fitting in. I was getting good grades, you know, like all A's. So my mom says, "You need stimulation" and I go, "No, I'm stimulated enough right now."
Dean: That's for sure.
Hogarth: So she says, "Uh-uh. You don't have a challenge. You need a challenge." So now I'm challenged, all right. I'm challenged to hold on to my lunch money because of all the big moochers who want to pound me, because I'm a shrimpy dork who thinks he's smarter than them. But I don't think I'm smarter, I just do the stupid homework. If everyone else just did the stupid homework, they could move up a grade and get pounded too. Is there any more coffee?
Dean:[sees the Giant eating some metal junk and shakes with fear as he is about to take a sip of his coffee] So...where'd, uh-- Where'd he come from?
Hogarth: He doesn't remember. He's like a... little kid.
Dean: Little. Yeah. [starts chuckling, then stops] Wait a minute. You can talk to him?
Hogarth: Kinda. He can't say a lot of words yet, but he understand things pretty good.
Dean: Oh, yeah, I see.
[Hogarth and Dean start chuckling as the Giant is still eating some metal junk, then they stop]
Hogarth: He needs food and shelter. [Dean gets up from his chair, pours his coffee onto the ground, and walks back into his office, slamming the door. 37 minutes later, Hogarth is still pleading to Dean to let the Giant stay in the junkyard, but to no avail.] You got plenty of room here. This place is perfect!
Dean: Go away.
Hogarth: I can have him push the door down. You know I can!
Dean:[finally tired of Hogarth's pleading; opens the door] Hogarth! I-I-I can't hide it here!
Hogarth:Him. Not it.
Dean: Whatever. You don't even know where he came from, or-or-or what the hell he is!
Hogarth:He's my friend.
Dean: Yeah, yeah. What am I? Am I your friend? [starts walking back into his office] Bring some Franken-bot with out-of-state plates over here and make me change my tune. I don't like that jazz. [lays down on his couch] God, I'm tired.
Hogarth: So, he can stay?
Dean: Tonight. Tomorrow-- I-I don't know about tomorrow.
[Hogarth closes the door and breathes a sigh of relief]
[At the pharmacy]
Hogarth: First, you take a chocolate bar. Any bar'll do. Do you mind if I...?
Kent: No, knock yourself out, skipper.
Hogarth:[crumbles up coca-lax] You crumble up the chocolate into little pieces. [stirs the ice cream] Then you kind of just stir it into the ice cream. See?
Kent: Yes, I see. What do you call this again?
Hogarth: Landslide. It's new. Very new. [drops the coca-lax wrapper in the garbage.]
Kent: Mmmm. Landslide. Topnotch. Mmmm. [while Hogarth makes himself a Landslide with a regular chocolate bar] You know, Hogarth, we live in a strange and wondrous time: the Atomic Age. But there's a dark side to progress, Hogarth. Ever hear of Sputnik?
Hogarth: Yeah, it's the first satellite in space.
Kent:Foreign satellite, Hogarth, and all that that implies. Even now, it orbits overhead - Boop! Boop! - watching us. We can't see it, but it's there. Much like that giant thing in the woods. We don't know what it is or what it can do. I don't feel safe, Hogarth. Do you?
Hogarth:[puzzled] What are you talking about?
Kent: What am I talking about? [loses patience] What am I talking about?![everyone turns to Kent berating Hogarth] I'm talking about your goldarned security, Hogarth! While you're snoozing in your widdle jammies, back in Washington we're wide awake and worried! Why? Because everyone wants what we have, Hogarth! Everyone! You think this metal man is fun, but who built it? The Russians? The Chinese? The Martians? Canadians?! I don't care! All I know is we didn't build it, and that's reason enough to assume the worst and blow it to kingdom come! Now, you are going to tell me about this thing, you are going to lead me to it, and we are going to destroy it before it destroys us![his stomach starts gurgling] Just hold that thought and stay right there! Uh-oh. [he rushes to the bathroom when Hogarth has already left the pharmacy]
[Hogarth sees the Giant, looking upset about the deer, which was shot]
Hogarth: I know you feel bad about the deer, but it's not your fault. Things die. It's part of life. It's bad to kill. But it's not bad to die.
Giant: You... die?
Hogarth: Well... [walks onto the Giant's arm] yes, someday.
Giant: I die?
Hogarth: I don't know. You're made of metal. But you have feelings. [sits down on its arm] And you think about things. And that means you have a soul. And souls don't die. [the Giant looks up in the sky]
Hogarth: Mom says it's something inside of all good things. And that it goes on forever and ever.
[Hogarth pats the Giant's face and leaves. The Iron Giant lays back to look at the stars]
Giant: Souls don't die.
General Rogard:[furious with Kent] You'll be chief inspector of subway toilets by the time I'm finished with you! Now pack up. I'll expect you back in Washington to clear out your office.
Kent: Yes, sir.
Nautilus Sailor:Nautilus to Rogard. Missile armed and ready.
General Rogard: What are you saying? He's friendly?
Dean McCoppin: Yes. Attacking him is triggering a defense mechanism.
Kent Mansley: Don't listen, General! Destroy the monster while we still have the chance!
[soldiers arm their rifles, after hear the Giant's footsteps]
Dean McCoppin: General, you shoot now, and the whole thing starts all over again!
Kent Mansley: Stop it now, General! Our future's at stake!
Soldier: Orders, sir?
Dean McCoppin: Which is why you have got to stop, General.
Kent:[starts the car] Hogarth? What an embarrassing name. Might as well call him Zeppo or something. [after thanking Hogarth's family] What kind of a sick person would name their kid Hogar-?
[stops and looks over to Hogarth's smashed B-B gun which says "Hog Hug," instead of "Hogarth Hughes." ] Hog Hug. HOG HUG?!HOGARTH HUGHES![stops the car he was driving, and knocks on door]
Hogarth:[opens the door for Kent] Kent Mansley. You work for the government.
Kent: I...wasn't gonna say that. I have something for you, Hogarth. [hands out Hogarth's BB gun]
Annie: Your BB gun. Where did you find that?
Kent: Up at the power station.
Annie: Hogarth was out there the other night.
Kent: Really? See anything unusual, Hogarth?
Hogarth: No thing...unusual. really.
[The Giant looks down to Hogarth]
Giant: Hogarth. You stay. I go. No following.
[The Giant faces the missile]
Hogarth: I love you.
[As the Giant is about to sacrifice himself to save the town]
Hogarth:[voiceover] You are who you choose to be.
Giant:[last words]Superman. [closes his eyes as the atomic bomb hits the Giant, supposedly killing him.]
Annie: Would you say grace, please?
Hogarth:[rolls his eyes, then sees the Giant's hand walking through his kitchen] Oh, my God! [his mother looks up at him] Um... Uhh, O my God...we, uh... thank you for the, uh... food...that... Mom has put in front of us and- STOP! ...Uh, uh- the devil! From doing bad things? And uh- get out of here, uh... Satan. Go! Go...so...that we may live in peace. Amen.
Annie: Amen. That was... hmm... really unusual, Hogarth.