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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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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 <>

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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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Box Office


$92,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The water buffalo that Jack Black's character rides was discovered to have been pregnant when the cast and crew came back to the set one morning and found her nursing a newborn calf. See more »


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


Kevin Sandusky: You guys all read the script, right?
Kirk Lazarus: I don't read the script, script reads me.
Kevin Sandusky: What the hell does that even mean?
Kirk Lazarus: [shouting] What you getting at with the book, scripts, spit that shit out, man!
[He smiles then frowns]
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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 »


References Freaky Friday (2003) See more »


Written by Edgar Winter
Performed by The Edgar Winter Group
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Sharp Satire
14 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Tropic Thunder' is the sharpest, nastiest, and most honest parody of Hollywood since Altman's 'The Player'.

If Doweny Jr. in black face, the script's use of "retard", or the politically incorrect humor offends you, you're missing the point.

Only Russel Crowe, Robin Williams, and Harvey Weinstein should take offense. The parodies of their personalities, their films, and their business tactics are downright cruel. (But, so, so true, and so brilliant.) I must credit every actor -- particularly Downey Jr. and Cruise -- for their performances, and for making their characters more than stereotypes for cheap laughs.

The more you know about Hollywood, the more you will appreciate the film. If not, just go and laugh at the genre. It takes balls to leave in a scene discussing how Blue-Ray conquered HD-DVD (and expect anyone to fine it funny). But it is funny.

To utterly relish the insanity, brush up on 'Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse'.

They got it so right. So, so, so right.

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