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Tropic Thunder (2008)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy  |  13 August 2008 (USA)
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Ratings: 7.0/10 from 290,125 users   Metascore: 71/100
Reviews: 569 user | 310 critic | 39 from Metacritic.com

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameraperson - Vietnam Crew
First Assistant Director - Vietnam Crew
Amy Stiller ...
Script Supervisor - Vietnam Crew
Dempsey Silva ...
Special Effects Assistant - Vietnam Crew


A film crew is in Southeast Asia filming a Vietnam-war memoir. It's early in the shooting, but they're already behind schedule and over budget. On the day an accident befalls the novice director, the cast and crew are attacked by a gang of poppy-growing local drug dealers, except the cast and crew don't realize these aren't actors who are stalking them. The thugs kidnap Tugg Speedman, an actor whose star seems on the decline, and it's up to the rest of the ragtag team to band together long enough to attempt his rescue. But will Tugg want to leave? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$92,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


| (unrated director's cut)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character who starts spitting at Tugg Speedman is wearing a Coca-Cola T-shirt that says "drink Coca-Cola" in Hebrew. See more »


When Lazarus and Alpa Chino is at the hill looking down at the heroin camp, Kurt is using an ACOG scope to look at the camp, this would be wrong since their characters are supposed be using equipment from the Vietnam era. The ACOG scope was issued to troops during 2003 onwards. See more »


Kirk Lazarus: How's it goin' with that map, Chief?
Tugg Speedman: Huh?
Kirk Lazarus: Can I have a look at it?
Tugg Speedman: I got it. Yeah. Damien gave it to me, remember?
Kirk Lazarus: Yeah, but he gave it to you for us.
Tugg Speedman: Uh-Huh. Yeah.
Kirk Lazarus: Okay.
Tugg Speedman: I got it.
Kirk Lazarus: You got it upside down.
Tugg Speedman: Thank you.
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Crazy Credits

Movie begins with advertisement and fake trailers where the "actors" appear. See more »


References Predator (1987) See more »


Cum On Feel the Noize
Written by Noddy Holder (as Neville Holder) & Jim Lea (as James Lea)
Performed by Quiet Riot
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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User Reviews

The Best Comedy in Years!
13 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Tropic Thunder is a film that understands biting satire. It sets out to villainize the very people that made the film possible. It understands parody and it understands good comedy and delivers consistent laughs throughout. It starts out with a promising bang and from there, continues to revel in its absurdity and wit. The script is sharp and provides a great basis for the humor that spurs the film on, however, it's truly the actors that take it to the next level. Robert Downey Jr's performance as the lost Australian actor is perhaps one of the most standout performances in a comedy. Not only that, but Tom Cruise's Les may just be the engine that brings this film home. Its both ridiculous and a furnace of hilarity. But in all truth, the chemistry within the rest of the cast is undeniable. I would have to caution viewers, this film may not be what you're expecting. Ben Stiller's previous films and even his own written "Zoolander" are quite different from the tone and the visuals of Tropic Thunder. And its not just in the profanity or utter gore, its within the concepts behind the film. It dares to go into areas that are politically incorrect and what say may even find on the offensive side. Its not afraid to traverse the areas outside of hands-off comedy. Like I said, this could be satire at is very best, and its got the cast and the laughs to prove it. If you're a fan of balls- to-wall, brazen comedy that isn't afraid of the lines, this will be your cup of tea. You'll be laughing from start to finish and reveling in the ride. It's fresh and that originality carries it somewhere great. There is a total lack of predictability and its shies away from the clichés and THAT is something I think a lot of films haven't been ballsy enough to do." -another critic

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