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Tropic Thunder (2008)

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Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying.

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Action movie star Tugg Speedman is on the downslide of his professional career. He wants to be considered a serious actor, but his latest serious role as the title character in "Simple Jack" resulted in negative reviews and ridicule. Comedian Jeff Portnoy is best known for his leading roles in sophomoric comedies, and may be less well known for his rampant drug use. Five time Oscar winner Kirk Lazarus is a serious method actor, who immerses himself in whatever the role. On location in southeast Vietnam, they are the stars of "Tropic Thunder", based on Vietnam war veteran 'Four Leaf' Tayback's memoirs of his rescue during the war, that rescue which was considered a near suicide mission for the assigned army force and resulted in him losing both hands. For his role, Caucasian Australian Lazarus even went through a controversial surgical skin dying procedure so that he could convincingly play a black man. Production is not going well since rookie director Damien Cockburn is unable to ... Written by Huggo

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The movie they think they're making... isn't a movie anymore. See more »

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Action | Comedy

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Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references, violent content and drug material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 August 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Una guerra de película  »

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Budget:

$92,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$25,812,796 (USA) (15 August 2008)

Gross:

$110,416,702 (USA) (7 November 2008)
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Trivia

Many have speculated that Tom Cruise based his performance as a vulgar movie mogul on Sumner Redstone. He and Cruise had a public falling out after Redstone had Paramount terminate their development deal with Cruise. His physical appearance is more than likely based on Tropic Thunder (2008) producer Stuart Cornfeld. See more »

Goofs

The north Vietnam flag appear early in the film (the read flag with yellow star). But in South Vietnam, it was not used by the VC. However, the Tayback story is set in an NVA (North Vietnamese Army) prison camp, thus it is accurate for them to have a North Vietnamese flag. See more »

Quotes

Jeff Portnoy: [after Jeff catches the bat that stole his heroin] Hahaha! Now you're dead! You OD'ed!
[he takes a bite out of the bat]
Jeff Portnoy: Aaaagghh! Fucking hell!
Alpa Chino: What the hell? Jeff, that was a BAT, man!
Jeff Portnoy: I don't have any more... jellybeans.
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Crazy Credits

Tom Cruise (as Les) dances and the end credits start. Scenes from the movie are mixed in. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.84 (2010) See more »

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Brick House
(1977)
Written by Lionel Richie, Ronald La Pread (as Ronald LaPread), Walter Orange, Milan Williams, Thomas McClary & William King
Performed by David Way
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Funny spoof of every war film ever made
12 July 2008 | by (N. Virginia, US) – See all my reviews

Saw this at the Washington, DC screening on the 10th.

And Got Some I did. A comedy that is not Apatow's is refreshing nowadays. A relentless hard R comedy that fuses elements of practically every famous war film ever made. Beginning with trailers a la Grindhouse for every major character was already a sign of a hilarious film. While most of the humor was "funny-but-i'm-not-laughing" the same amount of laugh out loud humor and gags was provided as well, courtesy of mostly Stiller and Downey Jr. Who I wholeheartedly feel - stole the show. I can't say I've ever seen any character like his in a film of this genre, which already I feel will enter the classics. What's refreshing about Thunder is that it's actually original in certain aspects of the storyline; such as when they decide to shoot the film guerilla style in the jungle only to have the director of the film....- I'll leave this at that. A spoof of war films that isn't tireless or idiotic like the recent Epic/Date films... which do not even deserve to be called "spoofs". And be prepared for Cruise, who plays the most radical role of his entire career.


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