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Thunderbirds Are GO (1966)

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When the launch of a mission to Mars goes awry due to sabotage, International Rescue is requested to assist in the mission's second attempt.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sylvia Anderson Sylvia Anderson ... Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward (voice)
Ray Barrett ... John Tracy / The Hood (voice)
Alexander Davion ... Space Captain Greg Martin (voice)
Peter Dyneley ... Jeff Tracy (voice)
Christine Finn ... Tin-Tin Kyrano (voice)
David Graham ... Gordon Tracy / Brains / Parker (voice)
Paul Maxwell ... Captain Paul Travers (voice)
Neil McCallum Neil McCallum ... Dr. Ray Pierce (voice)
Bob Monkhouse ... Space Navigator Brad Newman / Swinging Star Compere (voice)
Shane Rimmer ... Scott Tracy (voice)
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Dr. Tony Grant / Angry Young Man / Public Relations Officer (voice) (as Charles Tingwell)
Jeremy Wilkin Jeremy Wilkin ... Virgil Tracy / Space Exploration Center President (voice)
Matt Zimmerman Matt Zimmerman ... Alan Tracy / Messenger (voice)
F. Vivian Dunn F. Vivian Dunn ... Himself (as Lt. Col. F. Vivian Dunn)
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Storyline

Zero-X, a manned exploration mission crashes during lift-off on its maiden flight. Two years later an investigative committee finally concludes sabotage, and decides to call on the services of International Rescue to oversee security at the impending second launch. The second Zero-X successfully reaches its destination, but encounters unexpected hazards, ultimately leading to another call for assistance on its return to Earth. International Rescue respond, and once again Thunderbirds are GO! Written by Raj Rijhwani <raj@courtfld.demon.co.uk>

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Excitement is GO! Adventure is GO! Danger is GO! See more »


Certificate:

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Feuervögel startbereit See more »

Filming Locations:

Slough, Berkshire, England, UK

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During International Rescue's mission to save Zero X's crew, Brains travels as a passenger on Thunderbird 1. This is one of only two occasions where a passenger has flown in Thunderbird 1; the first time was when Scott took Tony and Bob Williams to Tracy Island in the Thunderbirds episode "Cry Wolf". See more »

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When driving in the Mars rover, the Zero X crew is driving forward. Yet the passage of lights through the window in the rover is that of a vehicle traveling backwards. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Glenn Field Controller: This is Assembly Control calling all Zero X units. Assembly Phase One - go!
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Martian Sequences filmed by Century 21 Space Location Unit See more »

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Followed by Invaders from the Deep (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Zero X Theme
Written and Arranged by Barry Gray
Performed by The Shadows (Brian Bennett, John Rostill & Bruce Welch)
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Pure Hollywood
13 November 2003 | by trini_jselleSee all my reviews

I have just been watching this movie and felt that as the only other comment on it was some excuse for a review by some person with rather questionable views above, i thought i'd lend my opinion (after all, i couldn't be any worse). "Thunderbirds Are Go", the first full-length feature film version of Gerry & Sylvia Anderson's top fantasy series of the 60's is quite a landmark indeed.

Landmark (?), i hear you ask. Well, yes. The whole Thunderbirds series was nothing but pure Hollywood at it's best; and this movie - as well as the one that came afterwards - only served to expand that tradition, whilst still maintaining the elements and formula that made it famous in the first place in 1965. The movie, has style, wit, incredible drama, and for its time, an astonishing view of the mid-21st.Century. Of course, most of it was pure fantasy and could never ever be real. The amount of times i've heard it said that the Thunderbirds machines couldn't even get off the ground is enormous. But that's ok, it's fantasy. And what good would a decent adventure be, if it didn't transport you out of reality and into a fascinating fantasy world where everything was different! As i say, the best Hollywood tradition. And of course, what made these productions so very special (at least to us Brits), was that 1. it was British, and 2. the heroes were all Puppets! Unbelievable to this day, i know. Yet as we are soon to be confronted by a million dollar live-action Thunderbirds epic, i think it is true to point out, that the main charm in the Thunderbirds adventures WAS the fact that they were acted by Puppets. So charming, so much a throwback to our own innocence (let alone a throwback to a much more innocent time when it was made); how could that be improved upon? The model work and special effects, especially the Zero-X Space-probe, are all extremely effective (as you would expect from Derek Meddings), and whether you are a Thunderbirds fan or not, it will be hard to knock this piece of Movie/TV history off it's perch. This movie being years ahead of its time, a great piece of fun and a fine addition to a classic series.


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