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.

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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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Rated PG for intense action sequences and language | See all certifications »
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$57,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,350,974 (UK) (23 July 2004)

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$310,277 (Australia) (10 September 2004)
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Had been in development since 1996. Rumors circulated in April 1998 that Peter Hewitt was to direct the film and shoot it entirely in CGI, a la Toy Story (1995). It was later reported that Warner Bros. were going to produce a live-action spin-off of the television show, with the Baldwin brothers (Alec Baldwin, William Baldwin, Stephen Baldwin, and Daniel Baldwin) tipped to play four of the five Tracy brothers, and Rowan Atkinson as Brains. The WB project would be shot in Sydney, Australia, in a collaboration with Village Roadshow Pictures. PolyGram Pictures later picked up the project in October of that year, and had planned to produce it on a budget of $75 million, but it was during pre-production that Universal Pictures bought out PolyGram in 1999. The project was then shelved for three years until director Jonathan Frakes signed up for the film in July 2002. Universal then ordered a rewrite of the script with a much younger audience in mind than what was originally planned. See more »

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When Thunderbird 5 was saved, it was seconds from re-entry, suggesting it was less than 100 miles above the Earth, yet seconds later Jeff Tracey reports that geostationary orbit has been re-established, which means they would have to be at an altitude of over 20,000 miles. See more »

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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 »

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Featured in Top Gear: Episode #4.2 (2004) See more »

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Thunderbirds are Go!
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Arrangement by Ramin Djawadi & Hans Zimmer
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Hang Your Head In Shame Jonathan Frakes & Universal Execs.
19 September 2006 | by (Norfolk, England) – See all my reviews

This is a truly awful film. What they have done is taken a TV show, which was never aimed at young children & given it the George Lucas treatment (i.e. ruined it by kiddifying it to appeal to the younger audience).

OK so the Thunderbirds TV show wasn't exactly the most cerebral of shows, in fact it was pretty formulaic, but it was always enjoyable to watch (especially when the models got blown up) and the voice cast wasn't too bad.

This suffers from bad casting & bad acting (with the notable exceptions of Sophia Myles as Lady Penelope & Ron Cook as Parker, who seem to be the only cast members to have a clue about how their characters should be played) & after this travesty I wouldn't let Frakes direct traffic.

The whole point of Thunderbirds was that it was about the whole Tracy family & how they worked as a team, preventing disasters or coming to the rescue of those involved in disasters.

Avoid this rubbish like the plague.

I only give it 1 out of 10 because a zero rating is not supported.


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