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Thunderbirds Are GO (1966)

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Zero-X, a manned exploration mission crashes during lift-off on its maiden flight. Two years later an investigative committee finally concludes sabotage, and decides to call on the services... See full summary »

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The definitive documentary about the iconic puppetry technique developed by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, Supermarionation was used in all their programmes throughout the 1960s including Stingray, Captain Scarlet and Thunderbirds.

Director: Stephen La Rivière
Stars: Sylvia Anderson, Arthur Provis, Gerry Anderson
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John Tracy / The Hood (voice)
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Peter Dyneley ...
Jeff Tracy (voice)
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Tin-Tin Kyrano (voice)
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Paul Maxwell ...
Captain Paul Travers (voice)
Neil McCallum ...
Dr. Ray Pierce (voice)
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Space Navigator Brad Newman / Swinging Star Compere (voice)
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Scott Tracy (voice)
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Dr. Tony Grant / Angry Young Man / Public Relations Officer (voice) (as Charles Tingwell)
Jeremy Wilkin ...
Virgil Tracy / Space Exploration Center President (voice)
Matt Zimmerman ...
Alan Tracy / Messenger (voice)
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Zero-X, a manned exploration mission crashes during lift-off on its maiden flight. Two years later an investigative committee finally concludes sabotage, and decides to call on the services of International Rescue to oversee security at the impending second launch. The second Zero-X successfully reaches its destination, but encounters unexpected hazards, ultimately leading to another call for assistance on its return to Earth. International Rescue respond, and once again Thunderbirds are GO! Written by Raj Rijhwani <raj@courtfld.demon.co.uk>

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Excitement is GO! Adventure is GO! Danger is GO! See more »

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Thunderbirds Are Go was filmed during the period when The Shadows pop group were playing Baldwin-Burns guitars rather than the Fender Stratocasters they were noted for playing both beforehand and later. Anderson's creative team's attention to detail extended to making miniature facsimiles of the Burns guitars for the puppets of The Shadows to 'play'. See more »

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At Assembly Control, the name of the Zero-X launch site on the map is given as "Glenn Field". However, when Lady Penelope drives into the car park, there is a sign on the gate of the press enclosure that reads "Glenfield". See more »

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[first lines]
Glenn Field Controller: This is Assembly Control calling all Zero X units. Assembly Phase One - go!
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During the course of the end credits, the band (The Band of HM Royal Marines) form the phrase "THE END" by the end of the credits. See more »

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Followed by Invaders from the Deep (1981) See more »

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Shooting Star
Sung by Cliff Richard
Written and Accompanied by The Shadows
(Brian Bennett, John Rostill & Hank B. Marvin)
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A Great Adventure for all the Family
15 July 2001 | by (Liverpool, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

International Rescue make their big-screen debut in a fantastic Supermarionation adventure which puts many modern summer blockbusters to shame.

Impressive ( if now dated ) special effects and model sequences, together with a strong script and interesting characters ( and of course, Barry Gray's wonderful music ) make this a real treat.


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