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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)

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An elite military unit comprised of special operatives known as G.I. Joe, operating out of The Pit, takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer.

Director:

Stephen Sommers

Writers:

Stuart Beattie (screenplay), David Elliot (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ... Heavy Duty
Christopher Eccleston ... McCullen / Destro
Grégory Fitoussi ... Baron de Cobray
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... The Doctor / Rex
Leo Howard ... Young Snake Eyes
Karolina Kurkova ... Cover Girl
Byung-hun Lee ... Storm Shadow
Sienna Miller ... Ana / Baroness
David Murray ... James McCullen - 1641
Rachel Nichols ... Scarlett
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Dr. Mindbender
Gerald Okamura ... Hard Master
Ray Park ... Snake Eyes
Jonathan Pryce ... U.S. President
Dennis Quaid ... General Hawk
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Storyline

Two soldiers stationed in Kazahkstan (Captain Duke Hauser and his partner "Ripcord") are ordered to transport special warheads created by MARS, an arms' manufacturer controlled by James McCullen. When they are attacked by thieves (led by Anastasia DeCobray, with whom Duke has history), they are saved by a top secret, international special forces unit known as "G.I. Joe". The leader of G.I. Joe, General Abernathy (or Hawk) is on the trail of the thieves: an evil organization called "Cobra". While Duke and Ripcord train to join the Joes, McCullen ("Destro") is secretly working for Cobra and plotting to recapture his metal-eating "Nanomite" warheads. Duke and Ripcord (with help from Heavy Duty, Snake Eyes, and the rest of the Joes) must prove that they are Real American Heroes -- by stopping the launch of these warheads before Cobra uses them to take over the world. Written by John Wiggins

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for strong sequences of action violence and mayhem throughout | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner chose screenwriter Michael B. Gordon to do the script on the basis of his work for 300 (2006). See more »

Goofs

(around 1h28m) Poor chroma keying causes one enemy soldier to have some parts seem invisible. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bastille Prison Warden: James McCullen, you Scottish pig, you've been found guilty of treason for the sale of military arms to the enemies of our Lord, King Louis XIII, even whilst you sold arms to our Lord himself.
James McCullen - 1641: Your king is a vile bag of filth who murders his own allies. I should have charged him double.
Bastille Prison Warden: You tried to overthrow the Crown in conspiracy with its enemies.
James McCullen - 1641: Unlike your simpleton king, his enemies know that is the true McCullen destiny not simple to supply arms, but to run the wars!
Bastille Prison Warden: Do you ...
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Crazy Credits

Part of the closing credits appear on a giant metal G.I. Joe logo. Visible on this logo are other military logos, including old G.I. Joe stickers, the US flying stars, and the G.I. Joe: Sigma 6 (2005) Sigma 6 designation. See more »

Connections

References Van Helsing (2004) See more »

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Fun movie - not even close to realistic, but fun.
14 September 2009 | by faija-1See all my reviews

Let me first say that I knew absolutely nothing about the GI Joe franchise except that they were (are?) toys. But that did not hinder me from enjoying this movie.

What do you get if you mix a few parts James Bond, a few parts Transformers and a few parts Star Wars? Well, you get G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra! Basically, if you like the aforementioned movies you will probably enjoy this one. Things explode constantly, shiny things glimmer past the screen and hot chicks in tight outfits show up now and then.

If you are the type who crave realism in your movies then do not - I repeat, do not see this one. Realism does not even come within shooting distance of this movie. But if you can enjoy a popcorn summer movie then this is not a bad way to spend an afternoon.

And yes - there is a Wayans brother in this, but strangely enough, he did not annoy me...


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Country:

USA | Czech Republic

Release Date:

7 August 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark Sky: First Strike See more »

Filming Locations:

Arctic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,713,046, 9 August 2009

Gross USA:

$150,201,498

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$302,469,017
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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