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Tropic Thunder (2008)

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Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Snooty Waiter - Fatties Trailer
... Kirk Lazarus
... Platoon Sergeant Shot in Head - Hot LZ
... Jeff Portnoy - Hot LZ
... Kevin Sandusky - Hot LZ
... Alpa Chino - Hot LZ
... Tugg Speedman - Hot LZ
... Chopper Pilot - Hot LZ
... Damien Cockburn - Vietnam Crew
... Damien's Assistant - Vietnam Crew
... Cameraperson - Vietnam Crew
... First Assistant Director - Vietnam Crew
... Script Supervisor - Vietnam Crew
... Cody - Vietnam Crew
Dempsey Silva ... Special Effects Assistant - Vietnam Crew
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Action movie star Tugg Speedman is on the downslide of his professional career. He wants to be considered a serious actor, but his latest serious role as the title character in "Simple Jack" resulted in negative reviews and ridicule. Comedian Jeff Portnoy is best known for his leading roles in sophomoric comedies, and may be less well known for his rampant drug use. Five time Oscar winner Kirk Lazarus is a serious method actor, who immerses himself in whatever the role. On location in southeast Vietnam, they are the stars of "Tropic Thunder", based on Vietnam war veteran 'Four Leaf' Tayback's memoirs of his rescue during the war, that rescue which was considered a near suicide mission for the assigned army force and resulted in him losing both hands. For his role, Caucasian Australian Lazarus even went through a controversial surgical skin dying procedure so that he could convincingly play a black man. Production is not going well since rookie director Damien Cockburn is unable to ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references, violent content and drug material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 August 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$92,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,812,796, 17 August 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$110,515,313

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$188,072,649
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The medicine that is used to darken Lazarus' skin is actually a bottle of a famous Chinese medicine that is used to heal bone injury. The name of the medicine is Yulin Zhenggushui, which means a medical liquor that heals bones, and is a product from Yulin, Guangxi, China, same province as Guilin. See more »

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Mic in closeup of Osiris after he and Tayback each talk to Sandusky about the map, right after "Full Retard" scene. See more »

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Alpa Chino: [watching Tugg reenact Simple Jack] Damn. And I thought the movie was bad.
Kirk Lazarus: Well to the man's credit, he has eased up on the retard throttle.
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References The Road Warrior (1981) See more »

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Gothic Monsters
Written by Chris Field & Bernhard Groinig
Performed by Theodore Shapiro
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Sharp Satire
14 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

'Tropic Thunder' is the sharpest, nastiest, and most honest parody of Hollywood since Altman's 'The Player'.

If Doweny Jr. in black face, the script's use of "retard", or the politically incorrect humor offends you, you're missing the point.

Only Russel Crowe, Robin Williams, and Harvey Weinstein should take offense. The parodies of their personalities, their films, and their business tactics are downright cruel. (But, so, so true, and so brilliant.) I must credit every actor -- particularly Downey Jr. and Cruise -- for their performances, and for making their characters more than stereotypes for cheap laughs.

The more you know about Hollywood, the more you will appreciate the film. If not, just go and laugh at the genre. It takes balls to leave in a scene discussing how Blue-Ray conquered HD-DVD (and expect anyone to fine it funny). But it is funny.

To utterly relish the insanity, brush up on 'Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse'.

They got it so right. So, so, so right.


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