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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 »
Plot:
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)
Ronnie Wass .... visual effects (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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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
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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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A milestone of fantasy cinema., 21 February 2004
Author: roddmatsui

Do you appreciate beautiful models? No, not THAT kind of beautiful models...I mean this kind!

This is the first of two feature film versions of the `Thunderbirds' TV show. If you're on the wavelength of this type of entertainment (i.e., willing to ignore the fact that the characters are puppets, and to simply accept them as real), you may find this to be very engaging viewing.

`Thunderbirds are GO!' makes use of a good number of the sets and puppets from the TV show, and throws in some new constructions. It doesn't bother explaining who any of the characters are, however, so if you're not familiar with the series, it may be difficult to tell which characters are the `stars' and which play supporting roles. Regardless, you will see amazing model work and puppetry, and the very naturalistic, serious, story-conscious approach typical of Gerry Anderson's work.

The `Supermarionation' method was designed to allow the filmmakers total control over the look of the characters--impossible with real actors--and a means to depict spectacular action at the fraction of the cost it would take were it realized with conventional full-size sets. But the sets, models and puppets are lovingly crafted, and cost a pretty penny to produce; in fact, the original shows were the most expensive British television produced at that time.

If you're lucky enough to see this feature in its original widescreen version, you will see the Supermarionation look in beautiful frame compositions! I'd love to see this in a theatre sometime. Grab this up at your local video store if they have it!

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