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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

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Damien's Assistant - Vietnam Crew
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Cameraperson - Vietnam Crew
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First Assistant Director - Vietnam Crew
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Storyline

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

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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

Budget:

$92,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$110,515,313

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$188,072,649
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ben Stiller first came up with the idea for this film while working on Empire of the Sun (1987). He has said in interviews, that at the time he had friends who were actors in Platoon (1986), and Hamburger Hill (1987), and they would go on about the intense "boot camp" preparation, and simulation of war these projects involved, and how it made them feel like real soldiers. Stiller found this funny, because he thought that being an actor in a war film, was nothing like being a real soldier in a real war. See more »

Goofs

The Gap only sells merchandise under its own label; therefore, Alpa Chino could have not sold a line of "Alpa Chino chinos" at The Gap, as he claims. See more »

Quotes

Kirk Lazarus: [looking at the stars] Man that's beauty! Nights like tonight make a man wonder what it's all about.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Spoofs The Green Berets (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Sadeness, Pt. 1
(1990)
Written by Michael Cretu (as Curly M.C.), Frank Peterson (as F. Gregorian) & David Fairstein
Performed by Enigma
Courtesy of EMI Music Germany
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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The funniest movie in years!
11 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

I went to see this at an advance showing last night and spent much of the time laughing. The beginning as previously mentioned is extremely creative with a clever cameo from Tobey Maguire and once the movie begins it is non-stop humor from start to finish. The star of the movie by far is Robert Downey Jr who is simply perfect but the real scene stealer is Tom Cruise, though his screen time is limited, his scenes are hilarious. Definitely one to repair the somewhat tarnished image of the past few years. Stiller is his usual self but is overshadowed by Black and Downey Jr. not surprising given the multiple roles he played behind the scenes. Wall to wall cameos, particularly at the end (blink and you'll miss them) and I really won't tell you which the funniest cameo was as that may spoil this gem of a joke....provided you catch it that is! highly recommended movie - I will definitely be heading out to see it when it comes out for general audiences!


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