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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.

Director:

Jonathan Frakes

Writers:

Gerry Anderson (television series), Sylvia Anderson (television series) | 4 more credits »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brady Corbet ... Alan Tracy
Debora Weston Debora Weston ... Teacher
Soren Fulton ... Fermat
Lou Hirsch Lou Hirsch ... Headmaster
Alex Barringer Alex Barringer ... Excited Kid
Demetri Goritsas ... News Anchor
Genie Francis ... Lisa Lowe
Philip Winchester ... Scott Tracy
Deobia Oparei ... Mullion
Bill Paxton ... Jeff Tracy
Kyle Herbert Kyle Herbert ... Know It All Kid
Dominic Colenso Dominic Colenso ... Virgil Tracy
Ben Torgersen Ben Torgersen ... Gordon Tracy
Sophia Myles ... Lady Penelope
Ron Cook ... 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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Climb into the drivers seat of the most advanced rescue vehicles on the planet See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Universal | Universal [UK]

Country:

UK | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Thunderbirds See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,766,810, 1 August 2004

Gross USA:

$6,880,917

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,283,637
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital EX | DTS-ES

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Richard Curtis worked on Lady Penelope and Parker's scenes uncredited. See more »

Goofs

There seems to be no regard for time zones. It's mid afternoon in Massachusetts when Alan is picked up from school but obviously night when the oil rig works are dropped off at the hospital in California. It would also be morning on Tracy Island (somewhere in the south Pacific ocean) when they returned, not dinner time. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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

Follows Thunderbirds Are GO (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Thunderbirds are Go!
(Original TV Series Theme)
(Barry Gray)
Arrangement by Ramin Djawadi & Hans Zimmer
Courtesy of Universal Pictures Music
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User Reviews

 
Total waste of time.
28 January 2006 | by CombermanSee all my reviews

I just wonder what prompted Gerry Anderson to allow his name to be associated with this travesty; though I guess it must have been an awful lot of money. Everything about this film was so – so wrong and a total corruption of what Thunderbirds, the team and their FABulous rescue vehicles was about. This was not about International Rescue. This was more about the Tracey Family and with the exception of the first few minutes the only rescuing seen in the movie was the rescue of themselves from a situation preposterous in the extreme. This was "The Brady Bunch" with special effects. Being an ardent fan of the original Thunderbirds series, which was imaginative and entertaining (despite the strings!), I bought the DVD of the film for my grandchildren on the premise that they might enjoy it. All I can say is that I'm glad it was an "on offer cheap". If you are a Gerry Anderson fan don't watch this movie; you'll be frozen in your seat in total disbelief and dismay. My copy is destined for the next 'car-boot' sale – if I can shrug off the guilt for passing it on.


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