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Thunderbirds Are GO -- Zero-X, a manned exploration mission crashes during lift-off on its maiden flight. Two years later an investigative committee finally concludes sabotage...
Thunderbirds Are GO -- Zero-X, a manned exploration mission crashes during lift-off on its maiden flight. Two years later an investigative committee finally concludes sabotage...

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July 1968 (USA) See more »
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Streak Through Uncharted Worlds of Adventure! See more »
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Zero-X, a manned exploration mission crashes during lift-off on its maiden flight. Two years later an... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Sylvia Anderson ... Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward (voice)

Ray Barrett ... John Tracy / The Hood (voice)
Alexander Davion ... Space Captain Greg Martin (voice)
Peter Dyneley ... Jeff Tracy (voice)
Christine Finn ... Tin-Tin Kyrano (voice)
David Graham ... Gordon Tracy / Brains / Aloysius Parker (voice)
Paul Maxwell ... Captain Paul Travers (voice)
Neil McCallum ... Dr. Ray Pierce (voice)
Bob Monkhouse ... Space Navigator Brad Newman / Swinging Star Compere (voice)

Shane Rimmer ... Scott Tracy (voice)
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... 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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Cliff Richard ... Cliff Richard Jr. (voice) (uncredited)
The Shadows ... Themselves (uncredited)

Directed by
David Lane 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gerry Anderson 
Sylvia Anderson 

Produced by
Sylvia Anderson .... producer
John Read .... associate producer
Gerry Anderson .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Barry Gray 
 
Film Editing by
Len Walter 
 
Production Design by
John Lageu 
Keith Wilson 
 
Costume Design by
Elizabeth Coleman 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry Ledger .... assistant director
Ken Turner .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Tony Dunsterville .... property maker
 
Sound Department
Maurice Askew .... sound mixer
Brian Hickin .... sound editor (as Brian T. Hickin)
John Peverill .... sound editor
Lionel Strutt .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Richard Conway .... visual effects assistant
Derek Meddings .... visual effects director
Harry Oakes .... visual effects lighting camera
Peter Wragg .... visual effects: second unit
Ted Cutlack .... visual effects camera operator (uncredited)
Ted Fowler .... visual effects lighting cameraman: second unit (uncredited)
Shaun Whittacker-Cook .... visual effects director (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Perry .... camera operator (uncredited)
Paddy Seale .... lighting camera (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
John Brown .... character sculptor (as John F. Brown)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Zena Relph .... assistant to costume designer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Selwyn Petterson .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
George Randall .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Brian Burgess .... production coordinator
Norman Foster .... assistant to executive producer
Christine Glanville .... character operator
Mary Turner .... character operator
Wanda Webb .... puppeteer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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USA:93 min
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Because Panavision cameras couldn't cope with special effects (at the time), a scope camera was still needed for filming, so Techniscope was used instead. This would also be used in the filming of Thunderbird 6 (1968).See more »
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Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Glenn Field Controller:This is Assembly Control calling all Zero X units. Assembly Phase One - go!
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Referenced in All About 'Thunderbirds' (2008) (TV)See more »
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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
F*A*B, my lady., 27 April 2005
Author: mstomaso from Vulcan

WOWZERS!!! What a classic of sixties cinema silliness! TV's Thunderbirds are brought to the screen for a feature-length outing complete with goofy anonymous foreign perpetrators, bizarre dialog and lots of flying animated toys! This is a film that really should be seen at least once by everybody interested in film-making. Before I discuss the plot, let's talk about what the film is really about. Because the plot is just a distraction. This film is about making a film with marionettes and toys in the place of actors and special effects. Now, before you close your browser and head to Blockbuster to NOT RENT Thunderbirds, think about this - the film-makers, improbably, ACTUALLY PULL IT OFF! This film is entertaining and watchable, but more for its inventiveness and experimentalism than anything else.

The plot is honestly not worth discussing, and would have made for a truly awful film had it not been done with puppets and toys. It is a purely fantasy vision of the 21st century, though some of the technology used in it is no less ridiculous than - say - that which appeared in Star Trek Voyager. If you've seen the Thunderbirds TV show you already know exactly what to expect, and this film really amounts to two or three episodes stitched together with a very fine thread. Basically, the Thuderbirds are a family (all boys, of course, one has to wonder how they reproduced), and a couple of mystery women (one is an elegant but unpretty female James Bond type, and the other seems to serve no real purpose) who live in and run an International security base, and have incredible technical and piloting skills, allowing them to carry out very dangerous aerial missions at very high speed (it helps that they are made of wood, I guess). The central plot, if there is one, involves NASA's first manned space flight to Mars and two attempts (one sabotaged by a very unpleasant looking spy) and the second ... well... I won't spoil it. Of course, it's the Thunderbirds to the rescue in both cases.

As a rule, I do not like masks, elaborate costumes and puppets. In fact, I remember despising the Thunderbirds TV show when I was a very young hardcore sci fi fan, because of the scary bobbleheaded characters and the poor use of the sci-fi genre. I was too young to understand what was really going on. What saves this film for me today is its very good sense of aesthetics. The sets are interesting and detailed. Even the monsters (occupying a very short segment about 2/3rds of the way through) are innovative and interesting. Despite the fact that the special effects are ridiculous, you keep watching because its fascinating to see how the film-makers accomplish each effect. You also keep watching because even though the voice talent is unrelentingly average the animated marionettes manage to do better body language than many contemporary flesh and blood actors.

I am not sure Thunderbirds is a film I will see again, but I am glad I saw it once.

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