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Team America: World Police (2004)

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Popular Broadway actor Gary Johnston is recruited by the elite counter-terrorism organization Team America: World Police. As the world begins to crumble around him, he must battle with terrorists, celebrities and falling in love.

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Cast

Cast overview:
... Gary Johnston / Joe / Kim Jong Il / Hans Blix / Carson / Matt Damon / Drunk in Bar / Tim Robbins / Sean Penn / Michael Moore / Helen Hunt / Susan Sarandon / Others (voice)
... Chris / George Clooney / Danny Glover / Ethan Hawke / Additional Voices (voice)
... Lisa (voice)
Masasa Moyo ... Sarah (voice) (as Masasa)
... Spottswoode (voice)
... I.N.T.E.L.L.I.G.E.N.C.E. / Chechnyan Terrorist (voice)
... Alec Baldwin (voice)
Chelsea Marguerite ... French Mother (voice)
... Jean Francois (voice)
... Samuel L. Jackson (voice)
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Storyline

The North American counter-terrorism force Team America attacks a group of terrorists in Paris. Later, the leader of the organization, Spottswoode, invites the famous Broadway actor Gary Johnston to join his world police and work undercover in Cairo, infiltrating a terrorist organization in the hope they will disclose their plan of destroying the world. Team America destroy the cell of terrorists, but then the Panama Canal is attacked by the criminals as a payback. Gary feels responsible for the death of many innocents and leaves the counter-terrorism organization. When the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Il, joins a group of pacifist actors and actresses with the intention of using weapons of massive destruction, Team America tries to avoid the destruction of the world. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Putting The "F" Back In Freedom. See more »

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Action | Comedy

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Rated R for graphic crude and sexual humor, violent images and strong language - all involving puppets | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 October 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

American Heroes  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,120,358, 17 October 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,774,834, 9 January 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,447,224, 31 December 2004
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The leaves on the palm trees in Hollywood during the F.A.G. meeting are made out of dollar bills. See more »

Goofs

When Spotswoode first approaches Gary backstage after his musical performance, there is a camera being pointed clearly visible on the right-hand section of the vanity mirror for a few frames. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
French puppeteer: Sacre bleu!
[gibberish]
French puppeteer: Oh, hello!
French Mother: Jean-Francois? Jean-Francois?
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Crazy Credits

The Paramount Pictures logo animates backwards: first it is shown in its finished form, then the stars fly away into darkness. See more »

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Brilliant puppet movie
27 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

I love South Park and the straight-faced satire of Matt Parker and Trey Stone. They always have a humanist and old-fashioned naturalist approach to show the weaknesses in the limited and fashionable ideas in modern USA. They do their satire not by exposure, but by explosion: the ideas blow up in your face. Like when Matt Stone himself, interviewed in "Making Of South Park", says: "you know, we expect a lot of our people, but when they show up at the office, we're already there, and when they leave, we're still there, you know what I mean, and they can see how hard we work, and that, I think that inspires them, to work all the harder, for us". He delivers this line with such a straight face that you are lured into a semiautomatic approval of Calvinist work ethics, even if you know he's just joking. You might at times even feel insecure about where the satire ends: is it a joke about a joke? What does Matt and Trey *actually* think? *Do* they come first to the office every morning? You can't even save yourself by rolling the eyes and saying "of course not, you fool".

"Team America: World Police" is a puppet animation which is almost self-evident by it's title. The world police is a small team of vigilante puppets that fight world terrorism. In the opening of the movie you soon see them cheerfully destroy the Eifell tower in a fight against semitic-looking terrorists in Paris... and you get the joke. But when they are critized by Hollywood actors for this act of destruction, the critics are exposed as hypocrites that actually work for the evil terrorism of the world. In fact, we will see the workings of a 'republican conspiracy theory' turn real. Typical Matt and Trey!

The movie is a lot of laughs, and makes fun of an endless row of Hollywood clichés and has tons of movie references. The satire is never done plumply. You will listen to patriotic country music almost thinking you hear the real thing.


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