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Thunderbirds Are GO (1966)

G | | Action, Sci-Fi | July 1968 (USA)
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Zero-X, a manned exploration mission crashes during lift-off on its maiden flight. Two years later an investigative committee finally concludes sabotage, and decides to call on the services... See full summary »

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Sylvia Anderson ... Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward (voice)
... John Tracy / The Hood (voice)
... Space Captain Greg Martin (voice)
... Jeff Tracy (voice)
Christine Finn ... Tin-Tin Kyrano (voice)
... Gordon Tracy / Brains / Parker (voice)
... Captain Paul Travers (voice)
Neil McCallum ... Dr. Ray Pierce (voice)
... Space Navigator Brad Newman / Swinging Star Compere (voice)
... Scott Tracy (voice)
... Dr. Tony Grant / Angry Young Man / Public Relations Officer (voice) (as Charles Tingwell)
Jeremy Wilkin ... Virgil Tracy / Space Exploration Center President (voice)
Matt Zimmerman ... Alan Tracy / Messenger (voice)
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Zero-X, a manned exploration mission crashes during lift-off on its maiden flight. Two years later an investigative committee finally concludes sabotage, and decides to call on the services of International Rescue to oversee security at the impending second launch. The second Zero-X successfully reaches its destination, but encounters unexpected hazards, ultimately leading to another call for assistance on its return to Earth. International Rescue respond, and once again Thunderbirds are GO! Written by Raj Rijhwani <raj@courtfld.demon.co.uk>

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See ... their fantastic battle with the sinister 'Rock Snakes' of Mars! - See ... the most exciting air rescue ever performed! - See ... the most advanced space-craft ever created! - Hear Cliff Richard and the Shadows sing "Shooting Star" See more »

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Action | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

Although very distinctly different, the appearances of both Scott Tracy and Paul Travers were based on Sean Connery by their respective modellers. See more »

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The planet Mars has a largely red surface, yet here it is depicted with a fairly generic grayish appearance. See more »

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[first lines]
Glenn Field Controller: This is Assembly Control calling all Zero X units. Assembly Phase One - go!
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Crazy Credits

During the course of the end credits, the band (The Band of HM Royal Marines) form the phrase "THE END" by the end of the credits. See more »


Soundtracks

Zero X Theme
Written and Arranged by Barry Gray
Performed by The Shadows (Brian Bennett, John Rostill & Bruce Welch)
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16 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

I remember back in the 1960s the family were out for a walk and we were passing a cinema. We had nothing else to do, so we went in to see this. I had never been particularly impressed with the TV version in black and white (at that time in Britain). But I was very impressed with the film. In full glorious colour, and the special effects looked highly realistic on the big screen - they really did.

It's kids' entertainment for children aged from 7 to 700. The fact it lasted longer than a TV episode doesn't matter.

You get a great exciting story, lots of journeys into space in a blistering adventure that'll steam up Brains's glasses and set his bow tie spinning.

Saw the film again recently, this time with the eyes of an adult. Saw the dream sequence set in the night club. I was amazed at the attention to detail with The Shadows. Not only was each puppet almost a perfect model of Hank, Bruce, John and Brian, but the little Burns guitars were perfect in every detail, right down to the trade mark scroll head. Beautifully done. The singer was Cliff Richard Junior. Oh, well, you can't get everything right!


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