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Iron Man (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  2 May 2008 (USA)
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After being held captive in an Afghan cave, an industrialist creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.



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Tony Stark. Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist. Son of legendary inventor and weapons contractor Howard Stark. When Tony Stark is assigned to give a weapons presentation to an Iraqi unit led by Lt. Col. James Rhodes, he's given a ride on enemy lines. That ride ends badly when Stark's Humvee that he's riding in is attacked by enemy combatants. He survives - barely - with a chest full of shrapnel and a car battery attached to his heart. In order to survive he comes up with a way to miniaturize the battery and figures out that the battery can power something else. Thus Iron Man is born. He uses the primitive device to escape from the cave in Iraq. Once back home, he then begins work on perfecting the Iron Man suit. But the man who was put in charge of Stark Industries has plans of his own to take over Tony's technology for other matters. Written by halo1k

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and brief suggestive content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 May 2008 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£5,465,103 (UK) (2 May 2008)


$318,298,180 (USA) (26 September 2008)

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Jeff Bridges said he felt really uncomfortable not having a script or rehearsals since normally he is very prepared and knows his lines to the t. But realizing it was like he was in a "$200 million student film" took the pressure off for him and made it fun. See more »


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[first lines]
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Tony Stark: Good God, you're a woman! I honestly, I couldn't have called that. I mean, I would apologize, but isn't that what we're going for here? I thought of you as a soldier first.
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Film That Lives Up To Its Hype And The Expectations Of Comic Readers
16 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

As an avid reader of the Iron Man comics, I was excited but also very scared that this movie would flop.

While Robert Downey is not the biggest name in Hollywood, he plays the part perfectly and I was greatly impressed by how he portrayed Iron Man so well.

The humor works well for this film also. It's well-written and has a great cast.

What impressed me the most was the CGI! They're breath-taking, but aren't distracting enough to let you miss the finer points of this movie.

In conclusion, while not perfect, Iron Man lives up to its hype and my expectations as a reader of the comic.

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