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Iron Man (2008)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 2 May 2008 (USA)
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After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.

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Jon Favreau

Writers:

Mark Fergus (screenplay), Hawk Ostby (screenplay) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Downey Jr. ... Tony Stark
Terrence Howard ... Rhodey
Jeff Bridges ... Obadiah Stane
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Pepper Potts
Leslie Bibb ... Christine Everhart
Shaun Toub ... Yinsen
Faran Tahir ... Raza
Clark Gregg ... Agent Coulson
Bill Smitrovich ... General Gabriel
Sayed Badreya ... Abu Bakaar
Paul Bettany ... JARVIS (voice)
Jon Favreau ... Hogan
Peter Billingsley ... William Ginter Riva
Tim Guinee ... Major Allen
Will Lyman ... Award Ceremony Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

Tony Stark. Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist. Son of legendary inventor and weapons contractor Howard Stark. When Tony Stark is assigned to give a weapons presentation to an Iraqi unit led by Lt. Col. James Rhodes, he's given a ride on enemy lines. That ride ends badly when Stark's Humvee that he's riding in is attacked by enemy combatants. He survives - barely - with a chest full of shrapnel and a car battery attached to his heart. In order to survive he comes up with a way to miniaturize the battery and figures out that the battery can power something else. Thus Iron Man is born. He uses the primitive device to escape from the cave in Iraq. Once back home, he then begins work on perfecting the Iron Man suit. But the man who was put in charge of Stark Industries has plans of his own to take over Tony's technology for other matters. Written by halo1k

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Get ready for a different breed of heavy metal hero. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and brief suggestive content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Persian | Urdu | Arabic | Hungarian

Release Date:

2 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$98,618,668, 2 May 2008

Gross USA:

$318,412,101

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$585,174,222
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The film had a torturous development process. Stuart Gordon was originally going to direct in 1990 when the rights were held by Universal Pictures, though nothing came of that. In 1996, Twentieth Century Fox acquired the rights with Nicolas Cage expressing an interest in the project. Two years later, it hadn't moved on so Tom Cruise tried to kickstart a production, to the extent of commissioning a script by Stan Lee and Jeff Vintar. Jeffrey Caine then did a polish on the screenplay. Still nothing. In 1999, Quentin Tarantino was approached to see if he could move things along but that too came to nothing. The rights moved to New Line Cinema in 2000 with Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, and Tim McCanlies writing a screenplay (this version even featured a cameo by Nick Fury). New Line Cinema started talking to Joss Whedon about directing, but this didn't pan out. By 2004, Nick Cassavetes was attached as director, but when this too failed, the rights reverted to Marvel. See more »

Goofs

(at around 2 mins) Though it makes for a good kidnapping, in reality, US soldiers are specifically trained to never to stop when ambushed in a convoy. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tony Stark: I feel like you're driving me to court martial. This is crazy. What did I do? I feel like you're gonna pull over and snuff me. What, you're not allowed to talk? Hey, Forrest!
Jimmy: We can talk, sir.
Tony Stark: Oh, I see. So it's personal.
Ramirez: No, you intimidate them.
Tony Stark: Good God, you're a woman! I honestly, I couldn't have called that. I mean, I would apologize, but isn't that what we're going for here? I thought of you as a soldier first.
Ramirez: I'm an airman.
Tony Stark: Well, you have actually excellent bone structure ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Part of the closing credits are seen against computer-graphic renders of armoured suits. One of the renders is an armour with a Gatling gun attached - the War Machine suit, which would appear in Iron Man 2 (2010). See more »

Alternate Versions

The scene where Stark reads a newspaper with the headline "Who Is the Iron Man?" differs on the theatrical and DVD/Blu-ray releases. On the theatrical release, the newspaper used a spy photo of Iron Man, which was taken by freelance photographer Ronnie Adams during the film's production on May 2007. When Adams learned that his picture was used in the film, he filed a lawsuit against Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios for using the picture without permission. As a result, the newspaper was altered to show a different picture of Iron Man on the DVD/Blu-ray release. See more »

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Soundtracks

Iron Man (Theme from the Animated Series)
Composed by Jacques Urbont (as Jack Urbont)
Performed by John O'Brien and Rick Boston
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User Reviews

 
Wow, very impressive !!!!
21 April 2008 | by ffiisshhSee all my reviews

WOW WOW WOW.

This is the movie I have been waiting for for a very long time. I am an avid Ironman reader. I have collected the comics all my life (from #1 in 1968 to the latest in 2008)...40 years of Ironman. Since I was a kid, I used to say to my friends that they should make an Ironman movie, but everyone laughed and said that the special effects would look ridiculous...mind you, that was back in like in the early 1980's. But, now we are in the age of CGI, and what an age it is. Just for you Ironman fans, to see him come to life with such spectacular graphics is reason enough to spend your hard-earned $10. The plot is also pretty well thought out, and the acting is just fine. What better pick could you have for Tony Stark than Robert Downey Jr.? (just wait for the sequels when they can delve into his alcoholism...Mr. Downey has been there and beyond...that's probably why they chose him for the role...fore-thought)The rest of the cast is right on par, as well. The pace is brisk, and the whole thing works as a great addition to the Marvel Universe in the Cinema!! Enjoy!


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