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The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

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Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor.

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Thomson (voice)
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Allan / Pirate Flunky #1 (voice)
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Ben Salaad (voice)
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Silk (voice)
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Barnaby (voice)
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Nestor / Mr. Crabtree (voice)
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Tom / Pirate Flunky #2 (voice)
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Mrs. Finch (voice)
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Pilot (voice)
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Co-Pilot / French Medic (voice)
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Having bought a model ship, the Unicorn, for a pound off a market stall Tintin is initially puzzled that the sinister Mr. Sakharine should be so eager to buy it from him, resorting to murder and kidnapping Tintin - accompanied by his marvellous dog Snowy - to join him and his gang as they sail to Morocco on an old cargo ship. Sakharine has bribed the crew to revolt against the ship's master, drunken Captain Haddock, but Tintin, Snowy and Haddock escape, arriving in Morocco at the court of a sheikh, who also has a model of the Unicorn. Haddock tells Tintin that over three hundred years earlier his ancestor Sir Francis Haddock was forced to scuttle the original Unicorn when attacked by a piratical forebear of Sakharine but he managed to save his treasure and provide clues to its location in three separate scrolls, all of which were secreted in models of the Unicorn. Tintin and Sakharine have one each and the villain intends to use the glass-shattering top Cs of operatic soprano the ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Rated PG for adventure action violence, some drunkenness and brief smoking | See all certifications »

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21 December 2011 (USA)  »

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The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn  »

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$135,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,705,000 (USA) (23 December 2011)

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$77,564,037 (USA) (16 March 2012)
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Trivia

The framed newspapers on the walls of Tintin's apartment feature headlines and photos that recall his other adventures. The headline "Tintin Breaks Up Crime Ring," with a picture of several Egyptian mummy cases, refers to 'Cigars of the Pharaoh' and the headline "Tintin Recovers Valuable Sceptre" refers to 'King Ottokar's Sceptre'. The headline "Tintin retrieves national artifact" refers to "The Broken Ear". "Tintin finds Fang Hsi-ying" to "The blue Lotus". "Forgers found on mystery isle" to "The Black Island". "Reporter Tintin unmasks tribe of gangsters" to "Tintin in the Congo". See more »

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The photographers shooting Bianca Castafiore use cameras like the Graflex Speed Graphic. While it was correct that the image on the ground glass focusing screen would be upside down, that image could only be seen if the film (sheet film holder) was not in place. In normal use, the photographer would have likely used the rangefinder and the top-mounted wire frame viewer - never looking at the ground glass focusing screen. See more »

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Captain Haddock: Billions of blistering barnacles!
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Crazy Credits

Throughout the opening credits, artwork from the "Tintin" comics is seen (mostly locations Tintin has visited). See more »


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Loch Lomond
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Performed by Andy Serkis
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A rollicking good adventure
24 October 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What begins as a fun, nimble little mystery in the first act soon kicks into comedy-action-adventure high gear when junior reporter Tintin, with his brave dog Snowy, stumbles upon boozy Captain Haddock (an excellent Andy Serkis), whose family legacy may prove pivotal in a race to uncover the secret of the Unicorn.

From that point on, it's more or less non-stop comedy—some fizzles, most of it works—with gags ranging from jaw-dropping blockbuster chase antics to throwaway background humour. Captain Haddock works brilliantly for the most part: he's unpredictable, endearing, and colourful in all the ways Tintin himself isn't. While the youngster is well played by Jamie Bell, he's mostly just there to work out the clues for the audience. Tintin and Haddock make for a good double-act, though: brains and brawn, cunning and in-over-his-head rashness; together they'd make a good Indiana Jones.

The plot is a by the numbers mystery/adventure/treasure hunt, complete with bumbling detectives (so-so comic support from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost), exciting sea plane action and hidden clues, but it's brought to life in gorgeous visual style. While the script only comes alive in fits and starts, the whole film is bursting with rich detail, and is given added depth by a good, solid use of 3D. The virtual camera-work throughout is stupendous.

One extended chase sequence through the flooding streets of a North African city is so dazzling and dizzying it reminded me why no other filmmaker can match Spielberg when he lets his imagination out for a spin. Another action scene, told in flashback, depicts a breathless pirate showdown in a storm, and features some of the most playful transitions I've seen since Ang Lee's Hulk. There's a pretty good villain, too, played by a wily Daniel Craig.

Snowy, while definitely smarter than your average cute canine, is also given to chasing cats, digging up fossilised bones from the desert, and gobbling sandwiches at decidedly inopportune moments. In other words, he's an instant audience favourite.

All in all, it's a rollicking good adventure, one of Spielberg's most fun movies in a long time, and I'll be buying it on Blu-ray next year.


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