Iron Sky (2012) Poster



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The German customs office would not allow the film-makers to bring any Nazi costumes and regalia into Germany, but fortunately the makers of Inglourious Basterds helped director Vuorensola by revealing how they had circumvented the same problem.
More than 10 percent of funding for this film came from fans. The donors are listed in the credits.
One of the nazi zeppelins has registration code Q-N4751, which is kuunatsi (moon nazi in Finnish).
The radio traffic heard in the scene where the spaceships from the other UN countries join the fight was entirely crowdsourced. The dialog were recorded by fans of the film at home and send to the director.
Nazi spaceships are named after operas in Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen cycle. "Rheingold", "Walkure", "Siegfried" and "Götterdämmerung".
Adler says Moon Nazi invasion on Earth begins at 5:45 a.m., exactly like the German invasion on Poland that triggered World War Two.
The scene where Vivian Wagner has a go at her subordinates is an homage to the hugely popular online meme involving a re-dub of the scene from Downfall where Hitler rants at his key officers.
The Nazi moon base is located in the Schrödinger crater on the far side of the Moon. The crater is named after Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger, best known for the Schrödinger's Cat thought experiment.
Fans of the film contributed fictional film posters that can be seen in the movie theater scene.
When Renate Richter takes off the helmet after leaving the escape pod, it can be seen to bear the number "SS-1138", a nod to George Lucas.
Vivian Wagner's logo is almost identical to Wonder Woman's symbol (two layered W's with "wings" at the side), except that her's has a V for Vivian as the top letter.
There's a swastika shaped hopscotch course at ground just before James Washington opens the airlock.
The original idea was conceived by Jarmo Puskala in a dream. He told the director Timo Vuorensola about his dream in a sauna, and Vuorensola replied he would make it into a film only if they got Udo Kier to act in it and Laibach to make the soundtrack.
The huge black and white YES! propaganda poster of the president of the United States is modeled after the ones the Nazis made for the 1932 presidential elections, which bore Hitler's face.
The character name Vivian Wagner is a reference to a Finnish newspaper comic strip Viivi & Wagner about the relationship between a woman and a pig.
On a large computer screen in one scene, the "greatest war machine ever created by man", a.k.a. the "Götterdämmerung", is described in German as "eine Beförderungsplattform für duale ultra-schwere relativistische kinetische Atomhaubitzen". Literally, this translates to "a carrier for dual ultra-heavy relativistic kinetic atomic howitzers".
When Adler orders the attack on Earth at 5.45 he uses the exact words of Hitler when he announced the war with Poland claiming that Germany was firing back and that "von jetzt ab wird Bombe mit Bombe vergolten" ("bomb will be retaliated with bomb").
The symbol which the President and Adler adopt for their campaign is taken from the Laibach-album "Volk". Laibach created the soundtrack for "Iron Sky".
A tribute to 'Pink Floyd' is made by using synthesizer effects for barely a few seconds from the band's track "On the Run" from their album Dark Side of the Moon (which is where the Nazis made base). The music can be heard just after the scene where the Earth fleet departs for the moon.
The fighter jets used by the US to repel the Nazi attack are Fairchild-Republic A-10 "Thunderbolt II" and Lockheed Martin F-22 "Raptor". The F-22 is even shown with open weapons slots when attacking the UFOs as the stealth abilities of the aircraft are greatly impaired by external weapons such as missiles and bombs.
The Wehrmacht-soldiers entering the Götterdämmerung spoof the 1984 Apple ad for the Macintosh.
A poster of the Finnish rap artist Petri Nygård can be seen in the scene where Washington rants in the street corner.
The scene in which Vivian Wagner berates her staff is a copy of the scene from the 2004 film Der Untergang that formed the basis of the "Hitler reacts to..." meme.
Udo Kier set up a similar moon military base in the video game Red Alert 2.


Götz Otto:  In addition to playing Klaus Adler he has a cameo as a mustached campaign designer in the scene parodying Downfall (2004). Otto perfectly mirrors his role in the original scene.
Tero Kaukomaa:  Finnish representative at the United Nations.
Johanna Sinisalo:  Candidate running against the president in the upcoming election. Seen in the news feed in the start of the limo scene.

Director Cameo 

Timo Vuorensola:  In a deleted scene included in the Director's Cut as a homeless man speaking Finnish to Renate and Washington after their encounter with the neo-nazis.

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