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Thunderbirds (2004)

When The Hood finds and invades International Rescue's secret base and traps most of the Tracy family, only young Alan Tracy and his friends can save the day.

Director:

Jonathan Frakes

Writers:

Gerry Anderson (television series), Sylvia Anderson (television series) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brady Corbet ... Alan Tracy
Debora Weston Debora Weston ... Teacher
Soren Fulton ... Fermat
Lou Hirsch Lou Hirsch ... Headmaster
Alex Barringer Alex Barringer ... Excited Kid
Demetri Goritsas ... News Anchor
Genie Francis ... Lisa Lowe
Philip Winchester ... Scott Tracy
Deobia Oparei ... Mullion
Bill Paxton ... Jeff Tracy
Kyle Herbert Kyle Herbert ... Know It All Kid
Dominic Colenso Dominic Colenso ... Virgil Tracy
Ben Torgersen Ben Torgersen ... Gordon Tracy
Sophia Myles ... Lady Penelope
Ron Cook ... Parker
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Storyline

The year is 2010. Teenager Alan Tracy, sent off to a distant boarding school, is the youngest of the sons of Jeff Tracy, a retired American astronaut. Jeff, a widower, has formed International Rescue, and raised his sons to act as a secret, volunteer organization which uses highly advanced technology to save lives worldwide. Jeff and his older sons John, Virgil, Scott, and Gordon, who like Alan were named after the Mercury Seven astronauts are joined in this effort by Lady Penelope and her butler/chauffeur Parker. Their futuristic hardware is largely developed by a genius scientist known as Brains, who lives at the International Rescue base on Tracy Island, somewhere in the Pacific. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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The greatest rescue organisation in the world has a major problem. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for intense action sequences and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Universal | Universal [UK]

Country:

UK | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Thunderbirds See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,766,810, 1 August 2004

Gross USA:

$6,880,917

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,283,637
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital EX | DTS-ES

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Whereas Lady Penelope's car in the television series, FAB 1, was a futuristic Rolls-Royce, in this movie, the famous car was modelled by Ford Europe when Rolls-Royce declined to participate in the project. See more »

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Quotes

[first lines]
News Anchor: From a secret island in the South Pacific, the courageous Tracy family run an organization called International Rescue. When disaster strikes anywhere in the world, they are always first on the scene. They go by the name they gave they're incredible machines. The Thunderbirds. 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 - Thunderbirds are GO!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are animated (cartoon style) with the 4 Thunderbird Rescue Craft "saving"/manipulating the text which is in danger of being destroyed by disasters (Volcano Lava, Meteors, etc.). For those who have never seen the original TV Shows, it offers a peek at the design of the Craft and how they function at the disaster sites. A jazzed-up/updated version of the TV Theme Music is used for this sequence. See more »

Connections

Follows Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Thunderbirds Are Go
Written by Barry Gray, James Bourne, Charlie Simpson, Matt Willis,
Tom Fletcher
Performed by Busted
Courtesy of Universal/Island Records Ltd.
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I'm sorry - this movie is NOT GOOD
4 May 2006 | by bdl7431See all my reviews

The original Thunderbirds earned a place in TV history. It was, and still is, much beloved - indeed, the entire first 10 minutes of the Wallace and Gromit movie (the Wererabbit) is a direct lift of Thunderbirds, down to a direct replay of the original Thunderbird 2 launching sequence (if you don't believe me, get the movie, and then get a copy of the original episode where Thunderbird 2 is launched).

This movie was a crass attempt at making a kids' movie - when the original was loved and enjoyed by kids and adults alike! In the original, the Thunderbirds spent all of their time rescuing people who were often trapped when Mother Nature or Technology went horrible wrong (yes, there was also the occasional criminal act). The Thunderbirds put their own lives and resources at risk for no reward - the very essence of heroism and selflessness. There was little physical violence. The Thunderbirds challenged the imagination to a degree - how many of us would dream of someday building a Thunderbird 2? And don't underestimate the power of entertainment to do this - many Japanese attribute their fascination with humanoid robots to the old Astroboy cartoon.

But this movie was a poor re-image of the original. This movie came across as a meld between Thunderbirds and Loony Tunes - I mean, we have Anthony Edwards as Brain imitating Porky Pig's stuttering????? Much of the action consists of Kung Fu/Power Rangers type fighting. Indeed, there were funny sound effects when someone got nailed on the head with a frying pan. The tech that fired our imagination was absent - instead we have these kids running around, using a plot device that was NEVER in the original series (having the entire team take off at once, leaving the base occupied by the kids and Brain). Then there was a dose of "Use the Force Luke" mysticism thrown in when TinTin would levitate something or another, coupled with the The Hood using aerodynamics that looked like they were lifted from "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". About the only thing missing was for The Hood to go "TinTin, I am your Uncle" with a breath mask voice. The heart that made Thunderbirds unique was GONE.

The only bright point was Ron Cook's portrayal of Parker - he caught it perfectly. But the actress playing Lady Penelope came across as a child - HUH????

And this is why we hate this movie. When someone puts out something that was popular to a fan base, and expects the fans to shell out money to watch, and then delivers something than wasn't even close to what the fans expect - well, I am sorry, that is just plain WRONG! OK, so if they were making a kids' movie - fine - next time distribute it straight to video, where many of these belong. But don't package something up in a familiar wrapper and change the innards.


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