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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Snooty Waiter - Fatties Trailer
Platoon Sergeant Shot in Head - Hot LZ
Chopper Pilot - Hot LZ
Damien's Assistant - Vietnam Crew
Cameraperson - Vietnam Crew
First Assistant Director - Vietnam Crew
Script Supervisor - Vietnam Crew
Dempsey Silva ...


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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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  »

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Box Office


$92,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,812,796, 17 August 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although all the trailers seen in the film are for fake movies, there is one bit of real-life factual information. In the trailer for Satan's Alley, Tobey Maguire is credited as an MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss winner, which he actually won for Spider-Man (2002). See more »


In the news coverage early in the film, "province" (of Vietnam) is repeatedly misspelled "provence". See more »


Kirk Lazarus: Let's make lemonade.
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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 »


Spoofs Mortal Kombat (1995) See more »


Written by Marc Ferrari & Matt Hirt
Performed by Matt Hirt
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/MasterSource
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Best comedy in years.
13 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

I just got out of a midnight showing and I was absolutely blown away. I fully expect this to be a mediocre movie at best, but it surprised me in all aspects. It was well directed, acted, the action scenes were actually very well done and pretty epic, and most of all it was hilarious. I doubt I stopped laughing for more than a minute or two. I don't want to give anything away so I will keep it brief, but do yourself a favor and see this in theaters with friends.

PS. As a black man, I did not find Robert Downey Jr.'s character offensive at all. He was probably the most hilarious character in the movie.

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