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Thunderbird 6 (1968)

The International Rescue team is faced with one of its toughest challenges yet, as the revolutionary lighter-than-air craft Skyship One is hijacked while on her maiden voyage around the ... See full summary »

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The International Rescue team is faced with one of its toughest challenges yet, as the revolutionary lighter-than-air craft Skyship One is hijacked while on her maiden voyage around the world. Against backdrops including the Statue of Liberty and the Sphinx, Lady Penelope, Parker, Alan and Tin-Tin fight the hijackers from on-board, while the rest of the team tries to stop the airship crashing into a missile silo. Written by Fridolin Hobbes <dvdgermany@yahoo.co.uk>

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L'odyssée du cosmos  »

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The delivery of meals by toy train in the restaurant scene was copied by numerous Japanese restaurants. See more »

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At the time that "Thunderbird 6" was being filmed, the Sydney Opera House was under construction. Construction work could be seen during the shot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, despite the fact that the movie was set in 2068 (95 years since the Sydney Opera House was opened). While this probably is an oversight as the Opera House was not completed in real life, it is also possible that it was simply being renovated. See more »

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Alan Tracy: [answering his watch] Yes, Penelope?
Lady Penelope: I've just had some information from Parker, Alan. I am a little uneasy. Tell me, what do you think of Captain Foster?
Alan Tracy: I don't go for him, Penelope. He's a little too smooth for my liking.
Lady Penelope: Tell me, Alan, has he been questioning you about International Rescue?
Alan Tracy: Well, as a matter of fact, he *has*. Not directly, mind you, but the conversation always seems to lead that way.
Lady Penelope: I think we'll have to go into this situation a little more closely. I don't like the sound ...
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Connections

Followed by The Secret Service (1969) See more »

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The Man in his Flying Machine
(Music from "The Man on the Flying Trapeze" by George Leybourne)
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Not so much F.A.B., more like D.R.A.B.
7 November 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Although "Thunderbirds Are GO" was hardly a box-office bonanza, "Thunderbird 6" came along a year or so later; this didn't set the cash registers a-jingling either, and to be honest it's not hard at all to see why.

Brains has invented a new airship called Skyship One, the inaugural voyage of which a lot of the film revolves around (with Lady Penelope, Alan, Parker, Tin Tin and villains aboard). Jeff Tracy is also convinced that International Rescue needs a Thunderbird 6, and the efforts of the bespectacled stammering one to devise one provide the movie with its best moments - Brains's frustration at Jeff's rejection of all his ideas result in the movie's sole real emotional involvement.

Like the previous movie, this was written by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, and it again demonstrates why they were right to let other people write the scripts for their small-screen ventures; it demonstrates a shocking lack of fidelity to the premise (on the TV show much was made of how the machines and their personnel had to be kept a secret; in the movie not only does everyone know about them, but Lady Penelope actually gets escorted to the Skyship by Thunderbirds 1 and 2!), it's surprisingly cold-blooded - more people are killed in this movie than in the entire run of the original show (we also get to see a series of corpses get dumped from Skyship One and plummet into the ocean. Nice...), and the climax involving the newly arrived Thunderbird 6 is a textbook example of how to drag out something way past the point of endurance.

Barry Gray's music is as good as ever, but the travelogue feel of a lot of the enterprise and the ultimate pointlessness of it all dooms it; if they needed a new craft, why not make it for one of Thunderbird 2's pods instead of a major ship? In "The Rugrats Movie," Didi has a child that stays with the family on the regular show; I hate to think of what would have happened had Century 21 produced a third series of "Thunderbirds" after "Thunderbird 6."


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