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Thunderbirds (2004)

When The Hood finds and invades International Rescue's secret base and traps most of the Tracy family, only young Alan Tracy and his friends can save the day.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alan Tracy
Debora Weston ... Teacher
... Fermat
Lou Hirsch ... Headmaster
Alex Barringer ... Excited Kid
... News Anchor
... Lisa Lowe
... Scott Tracy
... Mullion
... Jeff Tracy
Kyle Herbert ... Know It All Kid
Dominic Colenso ... Virgil Tracy
Ben Torgersen ... Gordon Tracy
... Lady Penelope
... Parker
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Storyline

The year is 2010. Teenager Alan Tracy, sent off to a distant boarding school, is the youngest of the sons of Jeff Tracy, a retired American astronaut. Jeff, a widower, has formed International Rescue, and raised his sons to act as a secret, volunteer organization which uses highly advanced technology to save lives worldwide. Jeff and his older sons John, Virgil, Scott, and Gordon, who like Alan were named after the Mercury Seven astronauts are joined in this effort by Lady Penelope and her butler/chauffeur Parker. Their futuristic hardware is largely developed by a genius scientist known as Brains, who lives at the International Rescue base on Tracy Island, somewhere in the Pacific. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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The greatest rescue organisation in the world has a major problem. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for intense action sequences and language | See all certifications »

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Universal | Universal [UK]

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Release Date:

30 July 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Thunderbirds  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,350,974 (United Kingdom), 25 July 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,766,810, 1 August 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,768,055, 22 August 2004
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although he shaved over 3 million dollars off the original budget due to his fast shooting style, director Jonathan Frakes has openly admitted that the film's disastrous box office performance probably means he is unlikely to be offered a feature directing assignment again. See more »

Goofs

Scenes of the Thunderbirds entering London show them flying from the East- passing Tower Bridge, then the London Assembly building and so forth. But maps showing their flightpaths, shots of the landings at the London Eye and shots of them passing over English coast and countryside imply that they're flying from the West. See more »

Quotes

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News Anchor: From a secret island in the South Pacific, the courageous Tracy family run an organization called International Rescue. When disaster strikes anywhere in the world, they are always first on the scene. They go by the name they gave they're incredible machines. The Thunderbirds. 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 - Thunderbirds are GO!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are animated (cartoon style) with the 4 Thunderbird Rescue Craft "saving"/manipulating the text which is in danger of being destroyed by disasters (Volcano Lava, Meteors, etc.). For those who have never seen the original TV Shows, it offers a peek at the design of the Craft and how they function at the disaster sites. A jazzed-up/updated version of the TV Theme Music is used for this sequence. See more »

Connections

Featured in Top Gear: Episode #4.2 (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Thunderbirds Are Go
Written by Barry Gray, James Bourne, Charlie Simpson, Matt Willis,
Tom Fletcher
Performed by Busted
Courtesy of Universal/Island Records Ltd.
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Mediocre film but with excellent special effects which remember to the magnificent original series
21 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

The picture deals with a family whose purpose is save the world of dangers and risks generated by naturals forces or the cruel villains who want to rule over and dominate it . It's an all time work for the astronaut Jeff Tracey (Bill Paxton) and his sons as well as the incredible machines utilized ¨the Thunderbirds¨ which the world depends . But now they are menaced by an evil foe called ¨The Hood¨ (Sir Ben Kingsley) who has trapped them in the space and has taken control the aircrafts and utilizes for his horrible intentions . Then Alan , the youngest son , remains in the secret island . He's only helped by other adolescents and Lady Penelope (Sophia Myles) and , of course , the chauffeur of her spectacular car . Did have they sufficient courage to save the family and world?

The Thunderbirds emerge with impressive and exciting action and with extraordinary rockets and crafts controlled by the family members and intervening anywhere being necessary . The cast is constituted by Bill Paxton (Apolo13 , Twister) as a courageous dad who rules correctly his boys , Anthony Edwards (ER) as a nutty wise man , Ben Kingsley as a nefarious nasty , Sophia Myles as Lady Penelope who appears attractive and gorgeous and the rest cast are brave teens and young heroes . Hans Zimmer score is an adaptation from serial television music . The film is regularly directed by Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek : Insurrection , The first contact) . The movie will appeal to children and nostalgics.


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