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At Theaters: 7/30/2004 On Video: 12/21/2004
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 50 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 429988
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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When dangerous situations exceed the limitations of ordinary military and international security forces, the world calls upon the high-tech assistance of International Rescue-a mysterious band of fearless adventurers and their fleet of awesome, imaginatively engineered vehicles known as: Thunderbirds!
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Action Adventure - This is an adventure aimed squarely at the pre-teen set. Some scenes may be too intense for very young children, but on the whole this movie is for the kids.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Bill Paxton CLUB DREAD, GHOSTS OF THE ABYSS in 3D (IMAX Only)
Ben Kingsley HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG, TUCK EVERLASTING
Anthony Edwards TOP GUN, PLAYING BY HEART
Sophia Myles UNDERWORLD, NICHOLAS NICKLEBY
Director: Jonathan Frakes CLOCKSTOPPERS, STAR TREK: INSURRECTION
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About The Production
Shooting The Story
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: One mild profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Some fight scenes, but mostly all played for laughs.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol.
ACTION: Fight scenes and rocket ship action.
COMEDY: Silly verbal and sight gags; slapstick action scenes.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Below Average Seven or eight-year olds will probably enjoy the slim pickings. Adults, however, will view this film as a form of inhumane punishment. Normally, I advise parents to sit through movies with their offspring. This is an exception. Due to the mental stress incurred by "Thunderbirds," adults - even mild-mannered, good-natured ones - could end up retaliating against their children after seeing this movie, perhaps going so far as to send them to bed without dessert.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Below Average "Thunderbirds" is to "Spy Kids" as Austin Powers is to James Bond. It recycles the formula in a campy 1960s send-up that is supposed to be funny. But how many members of the pre-teen audience for this PG movie are knowledgeable about the 1960s Formica-and-polyester look? How many care? If the film resembles anything in their universe, it may be "The Jetsons." A movie like this is harmless, I suppose, except for the celluloid that was killed in the process of its manufacture, but as an entertainment, it will send the kids tiptoeing through the multiplex to sneak into "Spider-Man 2."

USA Today Full Review
Average "Thunderbirds" is not a soaring success. Fun at times and tedious at others, it's an action-adventure fantasy aimed particularly at gadget-loving boys. It has some of the kid-power action sequences of "Spy Kids" but none of that earlier film's charm and little of its humor and sweet message. Though "Thunderbirds'" story is formulaic, its look is a blend of futuristic and retro production design, reminiscent of the Jetsons TV series. At least that makes "Thunderbirds" visually arresting.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 55 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
18
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
3
High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
8
Very High
88%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
4
High
75%
30+Adults (M)
8
Fairly High
88%
30+Adults (F)
14
About 50/50
93%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

We collected 55 moviegoer opinions. A terrible turnout, but decent opinions. Children and young teens thought it was great. The mom's and dad's taking their kids also enjoyed "Thunderbirds." Around half rated it "Very Good" or higher, which for a kids movie is great. The remaining half rated it as "Good," which indicates an average/OK movie.

The "Thunderbirds" is certainly no "Toy Story," but your kids should enjoy it very much and you are not likely to be too bored and may in fact actually enjoy it.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Hidden from the world, Tracy Island, a lush patch of land situated in the remote waters of the South Pacific, is home to brilliant entrepreneur and former astronaut Jeff Tracy (Bill Paxton) and his five sons. It is also the headquarters of Tracy's top-secret organization, International Rescue - and it is under siege. Master criminal The Hood (Ben Kingsley) has breached island security, intent on commandeering International Rescue's fleet of five highly advanced rescue vehicles, each designed to accomplish a specific task. Deploying Jeff and his four eldest sons on a mission, The Hood finds his plans obstructed by Jeff's youngest son Alan (Brady Corbet), who will do anything to save the Tracy family and the Tunderbirds.
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