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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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Trey Parker
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Cast

Cast overview:
Trey Parker ... 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)
Matt Stone ... Chris / George Clooney / Danny Glover / Ethan Hawke / Additional Voices (voice)
Kristen Miller ... Lisa (voice)
Masasa Moyo Masasa Moyo ... Sarah (voice) (as Masasa)
Daran Norris ... Spottswoode (voice)
Phil Hendrie ... I.N.T.E.L.L.I.G.E.N.C.E. / Chechnyan Terrorist (voice)
Maurice LaMarche ... Alec Baldwin (voice)
Chelsea Marguerite Chelsea Marguerite ... French Mother (voice)
Jeremy Shada ... Jean Francois (voice)
Fred Tatasciore ... 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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Freedom Hangs By A Thread. See more »

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Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | French | Klingon | Korean | Arabic

Release Date:

15 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Heroes See more »

Filming Locations:

Fillmore, California, USA See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

George Clooney was a driving force in getting Matt Stone and Trey Parker's South Park (1997) to air. He also appeared in the show and the subsequent movie. As to their puppetry portrayal in Team America: World Police (2004), both he and Matt Damon are quoted as saying they would have been offended if they weren't in the film. See more »

Goofs

On the "I.N.T.E.L.L.I.G.E.N.C.E." map, Egypt is shown combined with Sudan. 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

"Alec Baldwin, Hans Blix, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Janeane Garofalo, Danny Glover, Ethan Hawke, Helen Hunt, Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Jennings, Kim Jong Il, Michael Moore, Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Martin Sheen, and Liv Tyler did not authorize the use of their names or contribute any performances to this motion picture." See more »

Alternate Versions

The Unrated DVD contains several deleted and alternate scenes:
  • An alternate take of the scene where Joe and Gary go over the distress signal outside the tavern. As Gary walks away, Joe tells him that he thinks Lisa has feelings for him (Gary).
  • A deleted section when Gary quits the team. First Spottswoode apologizes for letting racism cloud his judgment in Cairo. He says racism convinced him the terrorists must be middle eastern. He then uses a slur to describe Kim Jong Il and vows never to be racist again. He then expresses his hatred for Winnie the Pooh to Gary, as he (Spottswoode) believes "that c***sucking bear killed Jack Kennedy."
  • The full fight between Gary and the guards in Kim Jong's main entrance hall, that is only implied in the final cut.
  • In the North Korean prison, Chris, Joe and Sarah get into an argument with Martin Sheen and Tim Robbins over who the puppets really are.
  • A deleted scene/outtake with Trey Parker doing Spotteswoode's voice. After Gary proves he can be trusted, Spotteswoode calls him gay, causing Parker and the crew to break out laughing.
  • A brief deleted scene of a WMD going off in "Anytown, USA."
  • A deleted portion of the F.A.G. meeting where Ben Affleck, sitting next to Meryl Streep and played by a crew member's hand with the arm dressed up, going on a rant about political "interbreeding" and needing to be taken more "seriouslyer."
  • A deleted British Newscast that takes place after the Cairo mission. The newscaster announces some world leaders are pissed off at Team America, and it cuts to quick interviews with the French and Egyptian leaders.
  • A deleted scene in which Michael Moore announces he is making an anti-Team America documentary. He gets a passerby at Mount Rushmore to look into the camera and say that "Team America killed my mother" and "Team America ate my baby."
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Brilliant puppet movie
27 November 2004 | by frobozSee 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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