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Tropic Thunder (2008)

  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 153,123 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Comedy
  • Release Date: 13 August 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 107 min | USA:121 min (unrated director's cut)
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Tropic Thunder (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Tropic Thunder (2008)
  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 153,123 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Comedy
  • Release Date: 13 August 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 107 min | USA:121 min (unrated director's cut)
  • Filming Location: Kaua'i, Hawaii, USA
  • Budget: $92,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $110,416,702(USA)(9 November 2008)
  • Director: Ben Stiller
  • Stars: Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr.
  • Original Music By: Theodore Shapiro (music by)  
  • Soundtrack: Gothic Monsters
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS (as dts)
  • Plot Keyword: Actor | Rescue | Drugs | Vietnam | Oscar

Writing Credits By:

  • Justin Theroux (screenplay) &
  • Ben Stiller (screenplay) and
  • Etan Cohen (screenplay)
  • Ben Stiller (story) &
  • Justin Theroux (story)

Known Trivia

  • The poster for “The Fatties” behind Jeff Portnoy (Jack Black) in the trailer features the names of a few of the film’s actual crew members: costume designer Marlene Stewart, editor Greg Hayden, director of photography John Toll, and screenwriter Justin Theroux. In addition, the poster contains the DreamWorks Pictures logo, the Dolby Stereo logo, and a fictional composite of several MPAA ratings (reading “PG – Parental Guidance – under 11 requires accompanying parent or guardian”).
  • The title is a play on “Tropic Lightning”, the nickname of the 25th Infantry Division which has seen action in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Southwest Asia and Iraq (among others). The Division is notable for being the subject of The Thin Red Line (based on James Jones’s novel) and Platoon. Famous members include Oliver Stone (who wrote and directed “Platoon”), rapper Ice-T and Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin’s eldest son.
  • Jeff “Fats” Portnoy was written with Jack Black in mind and is partially based on Chris Farley.
  • Like his character, Kirk Lazarus, Robert Downey Jr. is a method actor and stayed in character as Sgt. Osiris/Lazarus even while cameras weren’t rolling.
  • While filming, Jay Baruchel and Brandon T. Jackson had to be trained on how to use a gun. Jack Black used an M-60, also known as “The Pig.” According to his co-stars, he seemed very experienced, despite never having used a gun before.
  • The movie drew criticism from several disability groups for the “Simple Jack” subplot, regarding a movie-within-a-movie in which Ben Stiller’s character portrays a mentally disabled man. Clips of the fictitious movie are shown, and re-enacted by Stiller, while scenes between Robert Downey Jr. and Stiller drew particular scorn for their repeated use of the word “retard”. The producers withdrew a “Simple Jack” website, and proposed altering the movie in response to a special early screening for the disability groups in question, but did not follow through on the suggestion. According to co-writer Etan Cohen, the scenes were not meant to derive humor from mental disability itself, but to satirize emotionally exploitative depictions of mental disability in movies such as Forrest Gump, I Am Sam, Radio, and Rain Man, and the actors who take these roles.
  • The character of Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.) was originally written as Irish. It was changed to Australian, when Robert Downey Jr. said it would be easier for him to improvise in the Australian accent he had already developed for Natural Born Killers.
  • Robert Downey Jr. was very reluctant to take the role because he felt wearing the make-up to look African-American was offensive. But Downey later accepted the role because he liked the script and wanted to work with Ben Stiller and Jack Black.
  • According to Ben Stiller, in an interview with Playboy, Jack Black filmed most of this movie with bruised ribs.
  • Shipped to some theaters under the name “Capricorn”.

Goofs: Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Towards the beginning on the movie when the character gets disemboweled with a bayonet in the stomach, when the attacker removes the rifle (supposedly with the bayonet attached) it is obvious there is no bayonet attached to the rifle. However, since this scene is part of a mega-budget movie being filmed, it is likely this goof would be fixed later in post-production with a CGI bayonet.

Plot: Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying. Full summary »  »

Story: A film crew is in Southeast Asia filming a Vietnam-war memoir. It's early in the shooting, but they're already behind schedule and over budget. On the day an accident befalls the novice director, the cast and crew are attacked by a gang of poppy-growing local drug dealers, except the cast and crew don't realize these aren't actors who are stalking them. The thugs kidnap Tugg Speedman, an actor whose star seems on the decline, and it's up to the rest of the ragtag team to band together long enough to attempt his rescue. But will Tugg want to leave?Written by <>  


Synopsis: A commercial depicts rapper Alpa Chino (Brandon T. Jackson) promoting his two brands — the "Booty Sweat" energy drink and "Bust-A-Nut" candy bar — while performing his hit song, "I Love Tha’ Pussy." The first trailer shows action star Tugg Speedman’s (Ben Stiller) latest film, Scorcher VI: Global Meltdown, a film so much like its five predecessors that even the trailer narrator sounds shaky about it. In another trailer, funnyman Jeff "Fatty" Portnoy (Jack Black) plays every member of "America’s favorite obese family" in the highly flatulent The Fatties: Fart 2. The final trailer, for a film called Satan’s Alley, features Australian "five-time Oscar winner" Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.) and Tobey Maguire (as himself) as two monks who begin an impassioned affair.

We are taken, via the narration of John "Four Leaf" Tayback (Nick Nolte), into a gruesome battle of the Vietnam War. This is actually a scene from Tropic Thunder, a big-budget adaptation of Tayback’s wartime memoir. Starring as the central platoon are Speedman, Lazarus, Chino and Portnoy, as well as young character actor Kevin Sandusky (Jay Baruchel). To play the role of Sgt. Lincoln Osiris, an African American, Lazarus has dyed his skin dark and refuses to break character. ("I don’t drop character ’till I done the DVD commentary.") A take of Osiris crying over Tayback’s (Speedman’s) blown-off hands is ruined when Speedman is unable to cry and Lazarus dribbles uncontrollably into Speedman’s face. This causes great frustration for the film’s director, Damien Cockburn (Steve Coogan). The chaos is exacerbated when the film’s pyrotechnics expert, Cody (Danny McBride), mistakes Cockburn’s conniptions for a signal to set off several expensive explosions.

Faux Access Hollywood clips reveal that Speedman’s career has been on a downward spiral. In an attempt at Oscar-bait, Speedman had played the "retard" title character in a flop called Simple Jack, which is apparently considered one of the worst films of all time. Meanwhile, much to the horror of Speedman’s agent, Rick "Pecker" Peck (Matthew McConaughey), Speedman doesn’t even have TiVO on location. Elsewhere, Cockburn is berated in a meeting, via satellite TV, by studio head Les Grossman (Tom Cruise). With filming a month behind schedule only five days into shooting, the media has dubbed the production "the most expensive war movie never made." Cockburn tries to explain that the prima donna stars are what’s dragging the production down, but Grossman is not sympathetic. Later, the real "Four-Leaf" Tayback, who has hooks for hands, takes Cockburn aside and suggests that he drop the actors in a real jungle and use Cody’s explosives to inspire real fear in them. Cockburn enthusiastically agrees.

Speedman, Lazarus, Chino, Portnoy and Sandusky are dropped off in the middle of the jungle with Cockburn, who sternly explains that he’s going to use hidden cameras ("guerrilla-style") to capture real fear as they survive the real jungle. The actors are only given a map and a scene listing to guide them to the helicopter waiting to pick them up somewhere in the jungle. As he walks away, Cockburn is blown to pieces by an old landmine. The actors, with the exception of Lazarus, are convinced that this is some of Cockburn’s special effects trickery. The group is being watched by members of the Flaming Dragons, a gang that manufactures and sells heroin. The Dragons believe the actors to be DEA agents and are put off to see Speedman, trying to convince the others that Cockburn’s death is a trick, making a gruesome display of Cockburn’s severed head. Believing the Dragons to be actors playing Vietcong, Speedman and company engage them in a gunfight (though Speedman’s group is firing only blank rounds). Tayback and Cody, waiting on a nearby ridge and unaware of the real dangers below, blow a large explosive that causes the Dragons to retreat (coincidentally, Speedman throws a prop grenade towards the Dragons almost simultaneously) . After the "fight scene," the actors march into the jungle to continue the "shoot." Tayback and Cody attempt to locate the now-deceased director. As the two argue and struggle (during which it is revealed that Tayback still has hands), they are surrounded and captured by the Dragons.

The actors continue their rigorous trek through the jungle. It is revealed that Portnoy is a heroin addict, but disguises the drug as candy. One night, a bat swoops down and steals Portnoy’s heroin. Speedman and Lazarus clash as Speedman insists on holding the map and continuing to do scenes. Lazarus berates Speedman for his acting in Simple Jack ("everybody knows you never go full retard"). Meanwhile, Chino grows angry at Lazarus for continuing to offensively "act black" as he always stays in character. After Lazarus steals the map from Speedman, Sandusky (the only one with boot camp training) looks at the map and reveals that Speedman has been leading them the wrong way. The group splits from Speedman, who insists on continuing to travel in the wrong direction. In captivity, Tayback reveals to Cody that he has never left the U.S. before, and originally wrote the book as a "tribute."

Speedman’s sanity seems to be slipping as he continues to act scenes from the film and even, much to his own distress, kills a giant panda one night. Speedman is soon captured by the Dragons and taken back to their camp, which he believes is a prisoner of war camp mentioned in the Tropic Thunder script. When he is tormented by the gang’s prepubescent leader Tran (Brandon Soo Hoo), Speedman stutters and is recognized as the star of Simple Jack. This turns out to be the only film the Dragons have seen and they are in awe. They force Speedman to perform scenes from the film many times a day. Speedman even gets a young hanger-on, a "son" of sorts. The Dragons call Peck, Speedman’s agent, and explain that they are holding Speedman for ransom. Peck brings this to Les Grossman, who rabidly curses at the Dragon on the other end of the line. That night, Grossman learns the Dragons are heroin manufacturers and receives another call for increased ransom; Grossman tells them that they can kill Speedman. He then tells Peck that they can benefit by letting the Dragons kill Speedman and collecting the insurance; he offers the torn agent a share of the profits.

Meanwhile, among the actors, tension grows between Lazarus and Chino. Portnoy has begun to hallucinate due to his withdrawal and has to be tied to a water buffalo and then, at his own insistence, to a concrete column. Soon, Portnoy is pleading with the others to untie him. During a conversation about women "back home," Sandusky expresses envy of Lazarus because he dated Jennifer Love Hewitt. In the course of the conversation, Chino is revealed to be a closet homosexual (he is in love with someone named Lance). They soon stumble upon the Flaming Dragon’s heroin factory. After seeing Speedman being tortured, they plan an ambush based on the film’s plot.

Lazarus impersonates a farmer who has caught Portnoy (again tied to his water buffalo) on his farm, distracting the armed guards as Chino and Sandusky sneak into the building the captives are held in. After the gang notices inconsistencies in Lazarus’ story, the actors open fire on the gang, temporarily subduing them despite being armed with only special effects blanks. Portnoy kidnaps the gang’s child leader Tran in order to be led to the drugs. After barely defeating the young crime lord in combat, he finds an enormous mound of heroin; however, reflecting upon his failing low-brow movie career, he rejects the heroin and uses it instead to knock out two guards. Tayback and Cody join the fighting, using Cody’s flamethrower and explosives against the Dragons.

However, Portnoy, Chino, and Lazarus find Speedman brainwashed. He’s performing to an approving crowd several times a day and now believes he is home. Before they can snap him out of it, Lazarus breaks down, revealing his similar inner struggle with his own identity. With Chino and Sandusky’s help, Lazarus drops the Sgt. Osiris character, in both make-up and accent, and becomes his Australian self. However, even Sandusky’s inspiring words cannot break Speedman’s trance and they have to drag him away as they attempt to escape in Cody and Tayback’s recaptured helicopter. The Dragons quickly reassemble, chasing the actors across a bridge which Cody has rigged to blow up. Speedman asks to remain behind with his "family," but quickly returns with his small "son" (who stabs him in the neck) and the murderous Dragons in pursuit. Tayback detonates the bridge just in time for Speedman to get across. Lazarus goes to rescue Speedman from the rubble. They swear each other’s friendship and Speedman is finally able to cry. However, just as they get in the helicopter with the others, Tran appears with a rocket launcher. As he shoots at the helicopter, Speedman’s agent "Pecker" inexplicably appears with Speedman’s TiVO and deflects the rocket with it.

A documentary of the botched production is made from the hidden camera footage and results in a multiple-Academy-Award-winning blockbuster film. The film breaks Speedman’s streak of flops and he wins the award for Best Actor, which is presented by his friend Lazarus. Along with Portnoy, Sandusky is present with Jennifer Love Hewitt on his arm and Chino attends with Lance Bass (the "Lance" mentioned earlier) on his arm. Les Grossman does a hip-hop dance in celebration of the hit.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Stuart Cornfeld known as producer
  • Matt Eppedio known as associate producer
  • Patrick Esposito known as post production producer
  • Eric McLeod known as producer
  • Ben Stiller known as producer
  • Brian Taylor known as co-producer
  • Justin Theroux known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jeff Kahn known as Snooty Waiter – Fatties Trailer
  • Robert Downey Jr. known as Kirk Lazarus
  • Anthony Ruivivar known as Platoon Sergeant Shot in Head – Hot LZ
  • Jack Black known as Jeff Portnoy – Hot LZ
  • Jay Baruchel known as Kevin Sandusky – Hot LZ
  • Brandon T. Jackson known as Alpa Chino – Hot LZ
  • Ben Stiller known as Tugg Speedman – Hot LZ
  • Eric Winzenried known as Chopper Pilot – Hot LZ
  • Steve Coogan known as Damien Cockburn – Vietnam Crew
  • Valerie Azlynn known as Damien's Assistant – Vietnam Crew
  • Matt Levin known as Cameraperson – Vietnam Crew
  • David Pressman known as First Assistant Director – Vietnam Crew
  • Amy Stiller known as Script Supervisor – Vietnam Crew
  • Danny McBride known as Cody – Vietnam Crew
  • Dempsey Silva known as Special Effects Assistant – Vietnam Crew
  • Bill Hader known as Studio Executive Rob Slolom – Vietnam Crew
  • Nick Nolte known as Four Leaf Tayback – Vietnam Crew
  • Jeff Weidemann known as Speedman Assistant – Vietnam Crew (as Jeff Weideman)
  • Nadine Ellis known as Speedman Assistant – Vietnam Crew
  • Rachel Avery known as Speedman Assistant – Vietnam Crew
  • Darryl Farmer known as Alpa's Posse – Vietnam Crew
  • Rod Tate known as Alpa's Posse – Vietnam Crew
  • Maria Menounos known as Herself – Access Hollywood
  • Tyra Banks known as Herself – The Tyra Banks Show
  • Christine Taylor known as Rebecca – Simple Jack Clip
  • Jel Galiza known as Speedman's Chef – Speedman's Mansion
  • Andrea de Oliveira known as Speedman's Trainer – Speedman's Mansion (as Andrea De Olivera)
  • Josiah Ancheta known as Speedman's Adopted Son – Speedman's Mansion
  • Matthew McConaughey known as Rick Peck – Peck's Office
  • Yvette Nicole Brown known as Peck's Assistant – Peck's Office
  • Reggie Lee known as Byong – Flaming Dragon Compound
  • Trieu Tran known as Tru – Flaming Dragon Compound
  • Brandon Soo Hoo known as Tran – Flaming Dragon Compound
  • J. Thomas Chon known as Half Squat – Flaming Dragon Compound
  • Jacob Chon known as Half Squat – Flaming Dragon Compound
  • Tom Cruise known as Les Grossman – Grossman's Office
  • Mini Anden known as Grossman's Secretary – Grossman's Office
  • Mike Hoagland known as Grossman's Assistant – Grossman's Office
  • Jon Voight known as Himself – Awards Ceremony
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt known as Herself – Awards Ceremony
  • Jason Bateman known as Himself – Awards Ceremony
  • Lance Bass known as Himself – Awards Ceremony
  • Alicia Silverstone known as Herself – Awards Ceremony
  • Don Abernathy known as Academy Award Attendee (uncredited)
  • Linda Bella known as Jon Voight's Date (uncredited)
  • Denise Bradley known as Academy Award Guest (uncredited)
  • Ella Christopher-Pantoliano known as Stewardess (uncredited)
  • Natalie Cohen known as Stewardess Stacey (uncredited)
  • Angela Daun known as Starlet (uncredited)
  • Clark DeVol known as Sack Race Boy (uncredited)
  • Kaylee Dodson known as Sack Race Girl (uncredited)
  • Jasmine Dustin known as Trophy Presenter (uncredited)
  • Eric Feliciano known as Academy Awards Audience Member (uncredited)
  • Austin Honaker known as Academy Awards Attendee (uncredited)
  • Miko Hughes known as Radio DJ (uncredited)
  • Dave Johnson known as Journalist (uncredited)
  • Jillian Johnston known as Four Leaf's Date (uncredited)
  • Tobey Maguire known as Himself (uncredited)
  • Fadhia Carmelle Marcelin known as Academy Awards Attendee (uncredited)
  • Anya Monzikova known as Trophy Presenter (uncredited)
  • The Mooney Suzuki known as Themselves (uncredited)
  • Chad Mountain known as Agency Assistant (uncredited)
  • DJ Rivers known as Award Show Security (uncredited)
  • Samantha Sadoff known as Farm Girl (uncredited)
  • Becca Sweitzer known as Go Go Dancer (uncredited)
  • Kaye Marie Talise known as Academy Awards Attendee (uncredited)
  • Sandra Valladares known as Red Carpet Reporter (uncredited)
  • Julie Van known as Oscar Attendee (uncredited)
  • Jobeth Wagner known as Academy Awards Attendee (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Rick Baker known as makeup designer: Mr. Downey Jr.
  • Kristin Berge known as hair stylist: Mr. Stiller
  • Kate Biscoe known as makeup artist: Mr. Stiller
  • John Blake known as makeup artist: Mr. Downey Jr.
  • Michèle Burke known as makeup designer: 'Grossman' (as Michele Burke)
  • Barney Burman known as makeup designer: 'Grossman'
  • Leo Corey Castellano known as additional makeup artist: second unit
  • Iraina Crenshaw known as additional hairstylist
  • Ginger Damon known as hair stylist
  • Leslie Devlin known as makeup artist
  • Connie Grayson known as lead hair puncher: 'Grossman' (as Connie Crizwell)
  • Russ Herpich known as lab foreperson: 'Grossman'
  • Kerry Mendenhall known as hair stylist
  • Beth Miller known as department head hair stylist
  • Greg Nelson known as special effects makeup artist: Mr. Downey Jr.
  • Heather Plott known as makeup artist
  • Gerald Quist known as makeup department head
  • Gerald Quist known as special makeup effects
  • Yoichi Art Sakamoto known as dental appliances (as Art Sakamoto)
  • Mitchell Stone known as hair stylist: Mr. Stiller (as Mitch Stone)
  • Jay Wejebe known as makeup artist: Mr. Stiller
  • Roland Blancaflor known as makeup effects technician (uncredited)
  • Bret Boreman known as makeup artist: Maria Menounos (uncredited)
  • Jody Burton known as hair stylist (uncredited)
  • Aida Caefer known as hair technician: 'Grossman' (uncredited)
  • Carlton Coleman known as special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
  • Connie Grayson known as hair technician (uncredited)
  • Jennifer Jackson known as makeup lab assistant (uncredited)
  • Natasha Ladek known as wig maker: Ben Stiller (uncredited)
  • Cass McClure known as makeup effects technician (uncredited)
  • Matthew W. Mungle known as special makeup effects designer: prosthetics, Ben Stiller (uncredited)
  • Koji Ohmura known as special makeup effects: prosthetics, Ben Stiller (uncredited)
  • Michael S. Pack known as prosthetic eyes and teeth: Steve Coogan eyes/Jack Black braces (uncredited)
  • Liz Pisano known as hair technician (uncredited)
  • Margaret Prentice known as prosthetic makeup artist: Mr. Cruise (Grossman ) (uncredited)
  • Lotus Seki known as additional hair stylist: background (uncredited)
  • Ray Shaffer known as hair technician (uncredited)
  • Justin Stafford known as special hair pieces (uncredited)
  • Miho Suzuki known as assistant makeup artist: Mr. Cruise (uncredited)
  • Khanh Trance known as special effects hair: Proteus FX (uncredited)
  • Kazuhiro Tsuji known as special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
  • Teresa Valenzuela known as wig maker (uncredited)
  • Vincent Van Dyke known as glove sculptor: Proteus Makeup FX (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Maria L. Baker known as set designer (as Maria Baker)
  • Ty Beck known as labor foreperson
  • Jack Blanchard known as set dresser
  • Mauro Borrelli known as concept illustrator
  • Doug Brandt known as creative director/designer: opening trailers, Ignition Creative
  • Bryan Buckler known as welding foreperson (as Bryan R. Buckler)
  • John Chichester known as set designer
  • John Dugan known as plaster foreperson
  • John Eaves known as concept illustrator
  • Heather Elwell known as art department coordinator (as Heather Violet Elwell)
  • Scot Erb known as model maker
  • Hal Forsstrom known as designer: opening trailers, Ignition Creative (as Hal Fosstrom)
  • David Gabrielli known as location foreperson (as David G. Gabrielli)
  • Lindsey Gary known as art department researcher
  • Raphael Gort known as art director: opening trailers, Ignition Creative
  • Raphael Gort known as designer: opening trailers, Ignition Creative
  • Mark 'Digger' Green known as set dresser (as Mark Green)
  • Mary Gustafson known as paint foreperson
  • Gabriel Hardman known as storyboard artist
  • Alison Harstedt known as construction accountant
  • Joe A. Hawthorne known as paint supervisor (as Joseph A. Hawthorne)
  • J. Bryan Holloway known as lead sculptor
  • Martha Johnston known as assistant art director
  • Scott G. Jones known as leadperson
  • Michael Kaahanni Jr. known as set dresser (as Michael Kaahanui Jr.)
  • Michael Kaahanui III known as set dresser
  • Adam Kirby known as set dresser
  • Jonas Kirk known as construction coordinator (as C. Jonas Kirk)
  • Anthony Klaiman known as set dresser
  • Mark Knapton known as propmaker foreperson
  • Bruce C. Knight II known as assistant property master: second unit (as Bruce C. Knight)
  • Lance Larson known as assistant property master (as Lance S. Larson)
  • Bob Laux known as labor foreperson (as Robert Laux)
  • Jim Magdaleno known as storyboard artist
  • John Hammer Maxwell known as on-set dresser (as John H. Maxwell)
  • Steven B. Melton known as property master
  • David M. Milstien known as set dresser (as David Milstien)
  • Cesar Orozco known as propmaker foreperson
  • Harry E. Otto known as assistant art director
  • Jeff Ozimek known as set designer
  • Leah Palen known as set decorating coordinator
  • Eric Peschel known as designer: opening trailers, Ignition Creative
  • Edward Piwowarski known as paint foreperson (as Ed Piwowarski)
  • Gregory F. Poulos known as props
  • Edward Quirk known as designer: opening trailers, Ignition Creative (as Edward J. Quirk)
  • Jamie Rama known as concept illustrator
  • Steven Rigamat known as location foreperson (as Steven W. Rigamat)
  • Marco Rubeo known as assistant art director
  • David Scott known as assistant art director (as David E. Scott)
  • Julie Smith known as leadperson (as Julie K. Smith)
  • Ralph Q. Smith known as designer: opening trailers, Ignition Creative
  • Randy Syracuse known as propmaker foreperson
  • Gary Thomas known as storyboard artist
  • Debra Trevino known as property coordinator
  • Rene Vandenberghe known as greens foreperson (as Rene Van Den Berghe)
  • Jason Vercher known as propmaker foreperson
  • John Warnke known as set designer
  • Mark Weber known as propmaker foreperson
  • Mark Weissenfluh known as leadperson
  • Liloa Wong known as greens supervisor (as C. Liloa Wong)
  • Marcel Worch known as general foreperson (as Marcel Michael Worch)
  • Ivan Anic known as designer (uncredited)
  • Pedro Barquin known as greensman (uncredited)
  • Aaron Becker known as storyboard artist (uncredited)
  • Doug Brandt known as design coordinator: opening trailers, Ignition Creative (uncredited)
  • Meg Burton known as art production assistant (uncredited)
  • Donn Cross known as paint foreman (uncredited)
  • Lujan Decima known as designer (uncredited)
  • Steven DeSantis known as construction coordinator: additional photography (uncredited)
  • Alan Easley known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Everett A. Galisa known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Robert Grbavac known as painter (uncredited)
  • Michael J. Gregg known as prop builder: Hawaii (uncredited)
  • Danielle Mana known as art department assistant (uncredited)
  • Samuel Pactol known as on-set greens (uncredited)
  • Isaia Robins known as stand-by greensman (uncredited)
  • Steve Salazar known as welder (uncredited)
  • Darrell Tachibana known as greens foreman (uncredited)
  • Jeremy Thompson known as props (uncredited)
  • Bryan Turk known as propmaker gangboss (uncredited)
  • Suzy Zarate known as illustrator (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • DreamWorks SKG (presents) (as DreamWorks Pictures)
  • Red Hour Films (as a Red Hour production)
  • Goldcrest Pictures (in association with) (as Goldcrest Pictures Limited)
  • Internationale Filmproduktion Stella-del-Sud Second (in association with) (as International Film Production Stella-Del-Sud Second GmbH & Co. KG)

Other Companies:

  • AVID  logo (as Avid)
  • Absolute Rentals  post-production rentals (uncredited)
  • Alpha Media Group  courtesy of: Maxim magazine (as Alpha Media Group, Inc.)
  • American Humane Association, The  animal action monitored by: AHA01839 (as American Humane Association)
  • Avon Studio Transport  transportation (uncredited)
  • BT Industrial Supply  expendables (uncredited)
  • Behind the Scenes Freight  shipping by (uncredited)
  • Bloomberg Television  news footage courtesy of
  • Blue Hawaiian  helicopters provided by
  • Boone's Animals for Hollywood  animals provided by
  • CBS Paramount Network Television  courtesy of: Star Trek 'Arena'
  • Cavalry Technology Partners  internet/VOIP services (uncredited)
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes (uncredited)
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies by (as Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment, Inc.)
  • Condé Nast Publications, The  courtesy of: Vanity Fair (as Vanity Fair/Condé Nast Publications)
  • County of Kauai  the producers wish to thank
  • Deluxe Catering  caterer: Los Angeles
  • Deluxe Post-Production  foley facilities (uncredited)
  • DiBella Entertainment  boxing footage courtesy of
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables (uncredited)
  • DreamWorks LLC  acknowledgement: is the author and creator of this motion picture for purposes of the Berne Convention and all national laws giving effect thereto, and for purpose of copyright law in the United Kingdom
  • Entertainment Clearances  rights and clearances (uncredited)
  • Entertainment Weekly  registered trademark of: Entertainment Weekly (as Entertainment Weekly, Inc.)
  • First Team Rentals  camera cranes (uncredited)
  • Frontline Design  specialty costumes
  • HBO Sports  boxing footage courtesy of (as HBO Sports, Cibella Entertainment, Inc.)
  • Hat Trick Catering  caterer: Los Angeles
  • Hawaii Film Office  the producers wish to thank
  • Hawaii Media  grip and lighting equipment (uncredited)
  • Headquarters Casting  extras casting: Los Angeles with Deedra Ricketts (uncredited)
  • Helber Hastert & Fee  the producers wish to thank (uncredited)
  • Herman Miller  products courtesy of
  • Hyperion Sound  music mixed at (uncredited)
  • Ignite Creative  opening trailers by (as Ignition Creative)
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)  this picture made under the jurisdiction of (as I.A.T.S.E.®)
  • Jo Anne Kane Music Services  music copyist (as Joann Kane Music Service)
  • Kauai Film Commission  the producers wish to thank
  • Kodak  motion picture film
  • Lakeshore Records  soundtrack album on
  • MTV Networks  copyright owner: Spike TV logo, 2007 (as MTV Network, Viacom Inernational, Inc.)
  • Miramax Films  courtesy of: The Queen DVD
  • NBC Universal  trademark of: Access Hollywood
  • Pacific Motion Picture  caterer: Hawaii
  • Packair Airfreight  international logistics (uncredited)
  • Pathé  courtesy of: The Queen DVD (as Pathe)
  • Prologue Films  main and end titles designed and produced by
  • Road Rebel  production travel
  • Rockbottom Rentals  cell phone rentals (uncredited)
  • Runway  additional support (uncredited)
  • SmartSound Software  sound post-production (uncredited)
  • Soundtrack  adr facility (uncredited)
  • Spacecam Systems  aerial cameras provided by (uncredited)
  • Spike TV  courtesy of: Spike TV logo
  • Star Waggons  cast trailers (uncredited)
  • Star Waggons  hair and make-up trailers (uncredited)
  • State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources  the producers wish to thank
  • Twentieth Century Fox  courtesy of: poster from "REBOUND"
  • Universal Studios Licensing  courtesy of: Universal logo (as Universal Studios Licensing LLP)
  • Warner Brothers Post-Production Services  re-recorded at (as Warner Bros. Post Production Services)
  • Warriors  military advisors (uncredited)


  • Paramount Pictures Entertainment (2008) (Canada) (theatrical) (distributed by) (as DreamWorks /Paramount Distribution)
  • Finnkino (2008) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Japan (2008) (Japan) (theatrical) (as Paramount Pictures Japan)
  • Paramount Pictures (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Pictures (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Solar Entertainment (2008) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2008) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2008) (Poland) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2008) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2008) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2008) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2008) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • DreamWorks Home Entertainment (2008) (Canada) (DVD) (director's cut)
  • DreamWorks Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray) (unrated director's cut)
  • Film1 (2009) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Home Box Office (HBO) (2009) (USA) (TV)
  • Odeon (2009) (Greece) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment Finland (2009) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2009) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2009) (Sweden) (DVD) (Blu-ray) (unrated director's cut)
  • Veronica (2011) (Netherlands) (TV)
  • fX Network (2010) (USA) (TV)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Proof (previsualization by) (as Proof, Inc.)
  • CIS Vancouver (visual effects by) (as CIS Visual Effects Group Vancouver)
  • CIS Hollywood (visual effects by) (as CIS Visual Effects Group Hollywood)
  • CIS London (visual effects by) (as CIS Visual Effects Group London)
  • Custom Film Effects (visual effects by)
  • Hammerhead Productions (visual effects by) (as Hammerhead Productions, Inc.)
  • Pacific Title and Art Studio (visual effects by)
  • Asylum VFX (visual effects by) (as Asylum)
  • Digital Backlot (visual effects by)
  • Prologue Films (additional visual effects sequences by)
  • Anatomorphex (animatronic bear) (uncredited)
  • Rainmaker Animation & Visual Effects (visual effects) (uncredited)

Visual Effects by:

  • Gary Abrahamian known as cg animator: Hollywood, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Simon Ager known as compositor: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Fahed Alhabib known as visual effects coordinator
  • David Altenau known as additional visual effects supervisor
  • Chris Anderson known as visual effects producer: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Lindsay Anderson known as digital artist: Custom Film Effects (as Lindsay Hoppe)
  • Ian Backer known as production assistant: Hammerhead Productions
  • Graeme Baitz known as rotoscope lead: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Jamie Baxter known as digital art director: Custom Film Effects
  • Romain Bayle known as matte artist: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Ryan Beadle known as io: Custom Film Effects
  • Aaron Becker known as design and animation: Prologue Films
  • Aaron Benoit known as designer: Asylum
  • Jordan Benwick known as compositor: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Roger Ames Berger known as iq artist: Modern Videofilm
  • Rob Blue known as compositor: Asylum
  • Michael Bogen known as compositor: Pacific Title and Art Studio
  • Lisa Bolan known as design and animation: Prologue Films
  • Mike Borgstrom known as modeler: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Mark Breakspear known as visual effects supervisor: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Randy Brown known as lead compositor: Hollywood, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Shauna Bryn known as executive producer: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group (as Shauna Bryan)
  • John Cairns known as compositor: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Craig Calvert known as cg supervisor: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • John Campuzano known as visual effects coordinator: Pacific Title and Art Studio
  • David Carriker known as visual effects supervisor: Modern Videofilm
  • Huey Carroll known as compositor: Asylum
  • Simon Cassels known as creative director: Asylum
  • Daniel Chuba known as executive producer: Hammerhead Productions (as Dan Chuba)
  • Kyle Cooper known as visual effects designer: Prologue Films
  • Kyle Cooper known as visual effects producer: Prologue Films
  • Aliza Corson Chameides known as compositor: Hammerhead Productions
  • Keith Croket known as visual effects assistant editor
  • Roy Cullen known as design and animation: Prologue Films
  • Martyn 'Moose' Culpitt known as compositing supervisor: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group (as Martyn Culpitt)
  • Samuel M. Dabbs known as digital artist: Custom Film Effects
  • Ian Dawson known as head of production: Prologue Films
  • Kristin Dearholt known as digital production manager: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Ivan DeWolf known as cg effects technical director: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Gabriel Diaz known as editor: Prologue Films (as Gabriel J. Diaz)
  • Ben Dishart known as texture artist: Hollywood, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Jamie Dixon known as visual effects supervisor: Hammerhead Productions
  • Waylon Dobson known as modeling/rigging: Hollywood, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Dennis Dorney known as digital editorial: Custom Film Effects
  • Ryan Dorney known as visual effects assistant editor
  • Mark Dornfeld known as visual effects supervisor: Custom Film Effects
  • Crystal Dowd known as executive producer: Pacific Title and Art Studio
  • Jason Dowdeswell known as digital production supervisor: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Hiroshi Endo known as design and animation: Prologue Films
  • Patrick Esposito known as visual effects producer
  • Michele Ferrone known as visual effects producer: Custom Film Effects
  • Peter Fiala known as modeler: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Michael L. Fink known as visual effects supervisor (as Michael Fink)
  • Paul Flanagan known as houdini artist: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Reggie Fourmyle known as cg/effects artist: Hollywood, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Ron Frankel known as previs supervisor: Proof
  • Lori Freitag-Hild known as compositor: Prologue Films (as Lori Freitag)
  • Paul Furminger known as visual effects editor: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Adam Gass known as digital editorial: Custom Film Effects
  • Lynn M. Gephart known as visual effects producer: Hammerhead Productions (as Lynn Gephart)
  • Christina Graff known as visual effects producer: Digital Backlot
  • Paul Graff known as visual effects supervisor: Digital Backlot
  • Monty Granito known as previs supervisor (as Montgomery Granito)
  • Sarah Grieshammer known as digital artist: Custom Film Effects
  • Brian Hanable known as compositor: Pacific Title and Art Studio
  • Zane Harker known as data management: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Peter Hart known as matchmove lead: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Jotham Herzon known as previs designer: Proof
  • Deborah Hiner known as rotoscope artist: Hammerhead Productions
  • Bryan Hirota known as visual effects supervisor: Hollywood, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Dennis Hoffman known as visual effects production supervisor: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Shaina Holmes known as digital artist: Custom Film Effects
  • Shaina Holmes known as digital supervisor: Custom Film Effects
  • Woo-Jung Hong known as matchmove artist: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Mark Intravartolo known as inferno artist: Modern Videofilm
  • Justin Israel known as digital artist: Custom Film Effects
  • Stephen James known as compositor: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Kelly Rae Kenan known as visual effects coordinator: Hammerhead Productions (as Kelly Kenan)
  • Michael Kennedy known as digital effects supervisor: Hammerhead Productions
  • Nicholas Kim known as 3d supervisor: Custom Film Effects
  • Seth Kleinberg known as producer: Prologue Films
  • Ronald Knol known as visual effects it supervisor: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Katharina Koepke known as compositor: Digital Backlot
  • Cristian A. Kong known as compositor: Pacific Title and Art Studio
  • Paulina Kuszta known as visual effects coordinator: Custom Film Effects
  • Tom Lamb known as compositor: Pacific Title and Art Studio
  • Carlos D. Lemus known as houdini artist: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group (as Carlos Lemus)
  • Sean Lewkiw known as technical head of cg: London, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Anthony Mabin known as visual effects supervisor: Prologue Films
  • Michael MacGillivray known as visual effects coordinator: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Lisa Maher known as visual effects producer: Hollywood, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Kurt Mattila known as editor: Prologue Films
  • Dan Mayer known as lead animator: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Nathan McGuinness known as senior visual effects supervisor: Asylum
  • Tom McHattie known as compositor: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Claudia Meglin known as visual effects set surveyor
  • Tony Meister known as designer: Asylum
  • Daniel Mellitz known as compositor: Hammerhead Productions
  • Diana Miao known as digital cg supervisor: Hollywood, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Abel Milanes known as compositor: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Fatima Mojaddidy known as system administrator: Hammerhead Productions
  • Eroc Moralls known as inferno artist: Modern Videofilm
  • Josh Mossotti known as compositor: Pacific Title and Art Studio
  • Sam Nixon known as matchmove artist: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Meghan L. Noble known as visual effects editor
  • Collette Nunes known as visual effects editor: London, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Claire O'Brien known as executive producer design: Asylum
  • Jim O'Hagan known as compositor: Pacific Title and Art Studio
  • Gregory Oehler known as senior inferno artist: Hollywood, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Jonathan Opgenhaffen known as cg artist: London, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Michael Owens known as additional visual effects supervisor
  • Brian Pace known as 3d artist: Digital Backlot
  • Jinnie Pak known as visual effects line producer: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Nathaniel Park known as editor: Prologue Films
  • Arnold Peterson known as motion control technician
  • Katrissa 'Kat' Peterson known as visual effects coordinator (as Katrissa Peterson)
  • Christine Petrov known as head of 2d: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Chi Pham known as visual effects systems administrator: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Monty Phillips known as producer: opening trailers, Ignition Creative
  • Mario Pochat known as cg animator: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Carmen Pollard known as visual effects editor: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Becky Roberts known as line producer: London, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Casey Rolseth known as cg artist: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • César Romero known as compositor: Pacific Title and Art Studio (as Cesar Romero)
  • Penny Runge known as visual effects coordinator
  • Chris Ryan known as cg/effects artist: Hollywood, CIS Visual Effects Group (as Christopher Ryan)
  • Mark Sawicki known as digital artist: Custom Film Effects
  • Drew Shields known as matchmove artist: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • David Sosalla known as visual effects supervisor: Pacific Title and Art Studio
  • Frank Spiziri known as visual effects coordinator: Asylum (as Frank R. Spiziri)
  • Naomi Stopa known as production manager: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Robert Stromberg known as visual effects designer: Digital Backlot
  • Curtis Tsai known as digital film technician: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Paul Waggonner known as previs modeler: Proof
  • Allison M. Wagoner known as producer: opening trailers, Ignition Creative
  • David Wahlberg known as compositor: London, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Michael D. Werckle known as previs designer: Proof
  • Jeff Werner known as visual effects producer: Asylum
  • Tony White known as cg animator: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Justine Whitehead known as digital artist: Digital Backlot (as Justin Whitehead)
  • Amani Williams known as digital artist: Custom Film Effects (as Amani Scott)
  • Steve Won known as visual effects coordinator: Vancouver, CIS Visual Effects Group
  • Gavin Wright known as previs designer: Proof
  • Yuichiro Yamashita known as lighting technical director: Asylum (as Yuchiro Yamashita)
  • Lee Allan known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Matt Ashton known as senior systems: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Elissa Bello known as roto/paint supervisor (uncredited)
  • Philip Benn known as visual effects (uncredited)
  • Jason Bidwell known as visual effects: Asylum FX (uncredited)
  • Justin Brekke known as digital film i/o technician: CIS Vancouver (uncredited)
  • Merlin Carroll known as rotoscope artist (uncredited)
  • Paul Cech known as motion capture technical director (uncredited)
  • Scott Seungpil Chung known as effects artist: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Jessee J. Clarkson known as effects technician (uncredited)
  • Mike Diltz known as digital compositor: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • Nick Drew known as visual effects production manager: CIS London (uncredited)
  • Gerald Feather known as matchmove (uncredited)
  • Brenda Finster known as visual effects coordinator: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Donald Fly known as general manager: CIS Group (uncredited)
  • Chad Lee Fox known as visual effects (uncredited)
  • Mathias Frodin known as compositor: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Mathias Frodin known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • James Gambino known as rotoscoping (uncredited)
  • Amy Garback known as effects liaison: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Rhonda C. Gunner known as visual effects consultant (uncredited)
  • Jason Hancox known as motion capture artist: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • Heather Elisa Hill known as visual effects project manager: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Brian Holmes known as systems engineer: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Stephanie Ide known as rotoscope artist: Asylum FX (uncredited)
  • Bridget Immelman known as model shop coordinator (uncredited)
  • Llyr Tobias Johansen known as visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
  • Patrick Kavanaugh known as digital effects supervisor: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Bernice Kenton known as visual effects producer: New Deal Studios (uncredited)
  • Martin Kistler known as producer: opening trailers, Ignition Creative (uncredited)
  • Jean Lapointe known as digital effects supervisor: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • Gary Laurie known as matchmove/layout technical director: Asylum (uncredited)
  • Evelyn Lee known as digital artist (uncredited)
  • Harry Liu known as junior motion capture editor (uncredited)
  • Tony Lomonaco known as lead motion capture technical director (uncredited)
  • Michael Lori known as tracking artist (uncredited)
  • Bob Lyss known as compositor: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Heather MacPhee known as paint and rotoscope artist: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Riley McDougall known as digital film technician: CIS Vancouver (uncredited)
  • Katie Miller known as production assistant: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Robert Minsk known as systems: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Ryan Mintenko known as digital artist (uncredited)
  • Fion Mok known as matchmove artist (uncredited)
  • Laura Murillo known as visual effects artist (uncredited)
  • James P. Noon known as tracking (uncredited)
  • Roma O'Connor known as executive producer: visual effects (uncredited)
  • Marianne O'Reilly known as president: CIS Vancouver (uncredited)
  • Marianne O'Reilly known as production executive: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • Eddie Offermann known as digital artist (uncredited)
  • Julie Orosz known as executive producer: CIS hollywood (uncredited)
  • Anuj Patil known as senior compositor (uncredited)
  • Eric Pender known as CG artist: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Monty Phillips known as graphics producer (uncredited)
  • Monty Phillips known as motion graphics producer (uncredited)
  • Lee Pierce known as visual effects artist (uncredited)
  • Mark Read known as visual effects (uncredited)
  • Daniel Rubin known as digital compositor: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • Prateep Siamwalla known as tracking (uncredited)
  • Dottie Starling known as cgi artist: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Mark Story known as visual effects (uncredited)
  • Wes Takahashi known as visual effects producer: Hammerhead (uncredited)
  • Andy Tanguay known as lead modeler: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Alexander Vegh known as previsualization consultant (uncredited)
  • Jason Wardle known as senior cgi artist: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Mike Washburn known as rotoscope artist (uncredited)
  • Bob Wiatr known as digital effects compositor: Pacific Title (uncredited)
  • Matt Wilson known as compositor: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Xye known as tracking (uncredited)
  • Kyle Yamamoto known as R&D programmer: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Jaehyun Yoo known as fluid technical director: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Sven Zuege known as designer/animator: Prologue Films (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Canada 13 August 2008
  • USA 13 August 2008
  • Kuwait 14 August 2008
  • Russia 14 August 2008
  • Egypt 20 August 2008
  • Australia 21 August 2008
  • Estonia 22 August 2008
  • Iceland 27 August 2008
  • Brazil 29 August 2008
  • Mexico 29 August 2008
  • Argentina 3 September 2008 (Buenos Aires) (premiere)
  • Finland 3 September 2008 (limited)
  • Argentina 4 September 2008
  • Hungary 4 September 2008
  • Romania 12 September 2008
  • Germany 18 September 2008
  • Portugal 18 September 2008
  • Switzerland 18 September 2008 (German speaking region)
  • Austria 19 September 2008
  • Bulgaria 19 September 2008
  • Finland 19 September 2008
  • Ireland 19 September 2008
  • Sweden 19 September 2008
  • UK 19 September 2008
  • Spain 20 September 2008 (Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival)
  • Greece 22 September 2008 (Athens Film Festival)
  • Greece 25 September 2008
  • Israel 25 September 2008
  • Netherlands 25 September 2008
  • Slovakia 25 September 2008
  • Norway 26 September 2008
  • Poland 26 September 2008
  • Spain 26 September 2008
  • Peru 8 October 2008
  • Philippines 8 October 2008
  • Switzerland 8 October 2008 (French speaking region)
  • Chile 9 October 2008
  • Denmark 10 October 2008
  • Panama 10 October 2008
  • Turkey 10 October 2008
  • Belgium 15 October 2008
  • France 15 October 2008
  • Colombia 17 October 2008
  • Venezuela 17 October 2008
  • Hong Kong 23 October 2008
  • Singapore 23 October 2008
  • Thailand 23 October 2008
  • Italy 24 October 2008
  • Taiwan 31 October 2008
  • Japan 22 November 2008
  • South Korea 10 December 2008
  • Japan 6 June 2009 (Miyazaki Film Festival)

MPAA: Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references, violent content and drug material



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. keenanfinkelstein from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 6:03 pm

    I just got out of a midnight showing and I was absolutely blown away. Ifully expect this to be a mediocre movie at best, but it surprised mein all aspects. It was well directed, acted, the action scenes wereactually very well done and pretty epic, and most of all it washilarious. I doubt I stopped laughing for more than a minute or two. Idon't want to give anything away so I will keep it brief, but doyourself a favor and see this in theaters with friends.

    PS. As a black man, I did not find Robert Downey Jr.'s characteroffensive at all. He was probably the most hilarious character in themovie.

  2. nikkyraney from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 6:03 pm

    I am sick of reading reviews that claim that this movie is so offensiveand degrading to different people and different cultures, etc.

    Enjoy the movie for what it is. It is a movie meant for entertainment.The flack that Borat got and the flack that The Ringer got does notstop those two movies from being great and hilarious.

    Americans are made fun of all the time, and I don't understand whyAmericans are being offended for the bringing down of others when thosepeople aren't offended.

    I am Filipino and half American and I have mentally retarded familymembers and I thought that The Ringer was a great movie; This movie isnot making fun of Mentally Challenged people anymore than Forrest Gumpdid.

    This movie was hilarious and was given the "R" rating for a reason. Ifyou are smart then you have seen the kind of movies Ben Stiller andJack Black are in, and you know that the humor is quite fast andsometimes very crude. If you are offended by this movie, then don't seeit. Go see Space Chimps (good movie), unless you are going to beoffended by degradation of Life on other Planets, etc.

    Just, take the movie for what it is. A Movie meant to target a specificaudience and bring humor and happiness. The movie was not made out ofmalice, no one said "Let's make fun of Asians and Retards," and thenpopped out "Tropic of Thunder."

  3. jaredmobarak from buffalo, ny, usa
    30 Mar 2012, 6:03 pm

    Despite my somewhat indifference, bordering on dislike, of Ben Stillerand most of what he does, Tropic Thunder has been on mymuch-anticipated list for some time now. The audacity of what he wasattempting, spoofing the industry that was giving him the money to doso, blatantly and lovingly, was too great to ignore. And then there isthe cast of stars with cameo after cameo of surprise faces joining inon the fun, not to mention the intense marketing strategy pushing italong. Websites for each fictional actor, a site with clips from theRain of Madness making of documentary (a Heart of Darkness send up"directed" by co-writer Justin Theroux), and even a faux E! TrueHollywood Story to air the week before its premiere in theatres justadd to the mythology and attention to detail that went into its making.Now, having finally seen the end result, I must say it didn't let medown. True, I was expecting more in the way of story and plot,especially with all that background info manufactured, but when you getdown to it, the entertainment value is off the charts, the one-linersare going to be quoted for years to come, and the laughs come often andhard.

    To take on subject matter as lofty as a send-up to war films, mainlyApocalypse Now, needs a certain amount to bravery and confidence to notcare if it all backfires. The production value and effects make thisseem as though it is a certified blockbuster falling apart at theseams. Sure the characters are funny and the events on displayhilarious, but by the look and feel of the aesthetic, this is a warfilm to the end. Between that realism and the love I have formeta-narrative, there was little chance Stiller would be bombing in myeyes. Something about movies within movies intrigue the heck out of me,and this one having actors within actors just played up my interestmore. There was truly no better way to start this movie then how wasdone: the playing of Alpa Chino's rap music, consumerism sellingcommercial and trailers for our three leads' previous films. Whatbetter way to be introduced to our action star, our funnyman, and ouraward winning thespian? Knowing full well the extent of satire goingon, each spot delivers, giving a little background into the work thesemen have done in the past.

    Directly connecting with the subsequent shot, a live scene from thefilm at hand, the egos finally come out and show face. Jack Black'sJeff Portney reins in his comedian schtick to portray a hardenedsolider, voice rasping as he shows his serious side; Stiller's TuggSpeedman attempts to revive the action cred he tried to leave behindwith his Oscar-bait turn as a mentally handicapped man in Simple Jack,where he went "full retarded, no one ever comes back from that"; andRobert Downey Jr.'s Kirk Lazarus, Australian genius at his craft,playing a black man like he was born one. The scene continues without ahitch, explosions everywhere, screams heard in the distance, and aheartfelt death about to be delivered, until the men show their truecolors. Tugg can't make himself cry, (he's just not that good), andKirk's blubbering and drooling is just so real that the two mustpartake in a pissing match while effects guru Cody, (the red hot oflate Danny McBride), let's loose the one-take only scorched earth firestorm. It's all falling apart and script-writer/former soldier FourLeaf, (the always gruff Nick Nolte), gets the director, (Steve Cooganwith one of the best film exits I've ever seen), to agree on guerillafilming, deep in the jungle of foreign lands. Here is where the funbegins and where the movie inside the movie becomes real, or, ineffect, the actual movie—kind of like "the dude playing the dude,disguised as another dude". The levels at play here are just too manyto mention.

    Besides a weakly written role for Black, the rest of the men are givenenough to work with for some truly great moments. Stiller has a fewinstances where he returns to his over-long annoying routine—pouring"fake" blood into his mouth for one—but for the most part did a realgood job, especially with his tough guy poses shooting off his gun. JayBaruchel shines as the only non-celebrity involved, the guy who went toboot camp, read the novel and the script, and idolizes the men he isworking with. Good to see him get a more beefed up role as opposed tothe side parts in Apatow films. And the back and forth between DowneyJr. and Brandon T. Jackson's Alpa never get old. The whole dynamic ofreal black man versus fake was unceasingly funny.

    There were plot points that irked me throughout, TiVo's cameo being thebiggest culprit, but I found myself pushing the problems aside and justenjoying the ride. Downey Jr.'s facial expressions, voices, andpresence may steal the show, but what really allowed me to forget myworries was an absolutely brilliant cameo from Tom Cruise. His studioexecutive, pompously crass, loud-mouth made me think of all the horrorstories you hear about the Weinsteins, and his dance moves can not beequaled. Tropic Thunder is first and foremost a vehicle for a bunch offriends to have a blast poking fun at their craft and really atthemselves. I'll be remembering quotes all night now, thinking thatwhile the story itself doesn't necessitate me watching it again soon,the jokes just might make buying it a must…not to mention the wealth ofextras that DVD is sure to have.

  4. if-i-could-stay from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 6:03 pm

    'Tropic Thunder' is the sharpest, nastiest, and most honest parody ofHollywood since Altman's 'The Player'.

    If Doweny Jr. in black face, the script's use of "retard", or thepolitically incorrect humor offends you, you're missing the point.

    Only Russel Crowe, Robin Williams, and Harvey Weinstein should takeoffense. The parodies of their personalities, their films, and theirbusiness tactics are downright cruel. (But, so, so true, and sobrilliant.) I must credit every actor — particularly Downey Jr. andCruise — for their performances, and for making their characters morethan stereotypes for cheap laughs.

    The more you know about Hollywood, the more you will appreciate thefilm. If not, just go and laugh at the genre. It takes balls to leavein a scene discussing how Blue-Ray conquered HD-DVD (and expect anyoneto fine it funny). But it is funny.

    To utterly relish the insanity, brush up on 'Hearts of Darkness: AFilmmaker's Apocalypse'.

    They got it so right. So, so, so right.

  5. space_base from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 6:03 pm

    Advanced screening: Toronto (July 31, 2008) Tropic Thunder is a filmI've anticipated (from it's trailers/ Downey Jr's "Blackface"controversy) for quite awhile, but knowing Ben Stiller's hit (RealityBites) or miss (Zoolander) directing filmography, I kept myexpectations relatively lukewarm. Luckily that wasn't necessary becauseit's Stiller's best effort as a director to date as well as one of thebest comedies of the year.

    Starting with the best fake-trailers this side of Grindhouse, TROPICTHUNDER develops into the most uniquely wacky blend of satire/action/and gross-out I've ever seen. At first it appears to be a straight-upspoof on popular war films, then it becomes a film within a film, thenan attack on Hollywood and the film industry in general. Also presentare some rather shocking (and hilarious) sight gags (explodingfilm-crew members, the brutal slaughter of an endangered species) thatmanaged to catch everyone off guard (yet not offend them).

    The main reason TROPIC THUNDER works so well though is it's stellarensemble cast. You have the likes of Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr,Jack Black, Jay Baruchel, Steve Coogan, and Nick Nolte all turning interrific comedic performances that they obviously had fun with. TomCruise gives the extended cameo of the year as a studio executive,while Tobey Maguire and a slew of other actors make notableappearances. Ultimately it is Downey Jr. who steals almost every sceneas the platoon's very white, African-American squad leader.

    Rude, witty, and ballsy, TROPIC THUNDER is a great time at the movies.It's hard finding worth-while large budget comedies these days, butDIRECTOR Ben Stiller, supported by a strong cast and a great premise,has proved himself to be the right man for the task. 8/10

  6. The_Amazing_Spy_Rises from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 6:03 pm

    Very rarely do comedies hit the mark in terms of both smart humor anddumb humor in the same movie, let alone the same scene. That's whatwe've got with Tropic Thunder, a comedy that excels in both satiricaljokes and laugh out loud stupidity. If you're game for any of that, inaddition to quite possibly the funniest and most shocking cameos of alltime, then Tropic Thunder is the perfect movie to close the summer of2008 with.

    Ben Stiller has always been the poster boy for trying to mix these twoseverely different types of humor recently, and has failed in his othertwo main directing attempts (although Zoolander was funny). Here, hemore than succeeds in making Hollywood the laughingstock of the summer,and who better than Stiller to do so, someone who has been around thebusiness his entire life.

    Obviously, what's going to get the most laughs is our cast, which isone of the best comedy casts assembled, in my opinion. Our supportingperformers are just as strong, if not stronger than our big three leads(definitely stronger than Jack Black), and we are treated to some ofthe funniest cameos of all time…One of Tropic Thunder's cameos, oneof the most famous and serious actors in the world, nearly steals themovie, and is funnier than the last time he did a role like this(Austin Powers 3). If you don't know who I'm talking about by now, justwait until you see him. He'll have you on the floor laughing by the endof the movie. Other cameos (including a Judd Apatow boy and a formerPeople's Sexiest Man Alive) are entertaining, but they have nothing onthe big guy.

    Now, to the actual cast…Starting with Stiller himself. Stiller hasalways been great at playing over the top asses, and that's what hischaracter here is. There's plenty of exaggeration, plenty of laughs,but I felt there could have been more arrogance and more development inhis character. The film belongs to Robert Downey Jr. (why am I notshocked by this?), who could sneak a Golden Globe nomination in if he'slucky for his performance as super-serious star Kurt Lazarus. Downey isabsolutely hilarious, yet believable as this actor who believes actingis larger than life, and provides for the best satire of all. JackBlack is, if anything, forgettable and provided few laughs (though hedoes deliver one of the funniest lines of the movie). Jay Baruchel andBrandon Jackson are great in their supporting roles, and were the mostwell rounded characters (especially Baruchel). Danny McBride (three outof the last four movies I've watched have had this guy in it) ofPineapple Express is just as great here in another hilarious roletailor made for him. Nick Nolte is an odd presence, but an assetnonetheless. Steve Coogan's short role is memorable.

    Stiller's main point in the film was obviously to make fun of Hollywoodand his fellow actors as well, and he succeeds enormously. The factthat mentally challenged rights groups are calling for boycotts onlyproves Stiller's point: we all need to chill out, and stop takingthings so seriously (where's The Joker when you need him?). The "bad"scene where the characters say 'retard' a few times is actually one ofthe best satire scenes in the movie. The scene isn't making fun ofmentally challenged people, rather the actors that have won Oscars forplaying them. Dustin Hoffman and Peter Sellers are not spared.

    Like Pineapple Express before it, Tropic Thunder suffers from a lessthan stellar second act, which is used to attempt to ground the film inreality. This is unnecessary. We know that this could never happen.Insurance policies wouldn't even let a director think about doing whatCoogan's character does in this film. However, the film starts andfinishes very well (in fact, it starts better than any comedy of theyear). It finishes with roars of laughter, and even though it is justabsurd, it doesn't matter, because we've had a great time along theride. Yes, Tropic Thunder is vulgar, but nowhere near the other Apatowbrand products out these days. There's some blood and graphic violence,but nothing too bad.

  7. Kzooisaiah from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 6:03 pm

    "Tropic Thunder is a film that understands biting satire. It sets outto villainize the very people that made the film possible. Itunderstands parody and it understands good comedy and deliversconsistent laughs throughout. It starts out with a promising bang andfrom there, continues to revel in its absurdity and wit. The script issharp and provides a great basis for the humor that spurs the film on,however, it's truly the actors that take it to the next level. RobertDowney Jr's performance as the lost Australian actor is perhaps one ofthe most standout performances in a comedy. Not only that, but TomCruise's Les may just be the engine that brings this film home. Itsboth ridiculous and a furnace of hilarity. But in all truth, thechemistry within the rest of the cast is undeniable. I would have tocaution viewers, this film may not be what you're expecting. BenStiller's previous films and even his own written "Zoolander" are quitedifferent from the tone and the visuals of Tropic Thunder. And its notjust in the profanity or utter gore, its within the concepts behind thefilm. It dares to go into areas that are politically incorrect and whatsay may even find on the offensive side. Its not afraid to traverse theareas outside of hands-off comedy. Like I said, this could be satire atis very best, and its got the cast and the laughs to prove it. Ifyou're a fan of balls- to-wall, brazen comedy that isn't afraid of thelines, this will be your cup of tea. You'll be laughing from start tofinish and reveling in the ride. It's fresh and that originalitycarries it somewhere great. There is a total lack of predictability andits shies away from the clichés and THAT is something I think a lot offilms haven't been ballsy enough to do." -another critic

  8. scottiejd2000 from Virginia, USA
    30 Mar 2012, 6:03 pm

    I went to see this at an advance showing last night and spent much ofthe time laughing. The beginning as previously mentioned is extremelycreative with a clever cameo from Tobey Maguire and once the moviebegins it is non-stop humor from start to finish. The star of the movieby far is Robert Downey Jr who is simply perfect but the real scenestealer is Tom Cruise, though his screen time is limited, his scenesare hilarious. Definitely one to repair the somewhat tarnished image ofthe past few years. Stiller is his usual self but is overshadowed byBlack and Downey Jr. not surprising given the multiple roles he playedbehind the scenes. Wall to wall cameos, particularly at the end (blinkand you'll miss them) and I really won't tell you which the funniestcameo was as that may spoil this gem of a joke….provided you catch itthat is! highly recommended movie – I will definitely be heading out tosee it when it comes out for general audiences!

  9. simon-prometheus from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 6:03 pm

    Damn, is Robert Downey Jr. on a roll… Rarely (if they occur at all)have comebacks been so bold and so memorable. When slated to star asTony Stark in May's Iron Man which kicked off the blockbuster seasonwith a bang and a slap, the public, excluding his die-hard supportersof course, were baffled at the atypical casting choice of the Marvelhero. For myself, I have always loved Downey Jr. from his excellentportrayal as Charlie Chapin, to his perfectly suited role in ShaneBlack's Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, he is always the best thing about a film.Lightening struck again (or I suppose first, if you want to follow hiscareer chronologically) midyear with his smart portrayal as anoverprotective principal in Charlie Bartlet, so it only seems suitablefor him to cap off the summer with his best work yet.

    Directed by, and starring Ben Stiller, Tropic Thunder is an epicallyvast improvement over the suicide inducing effort that was Zoolanderand finds Stiller in his best comedic acting form since Meet theParents. Our adventure follows a group of primadonna actors who areshooting a high budget war epic in Vietnam. As director Damien Cockburn(Steve Coogan) sees his funds draining and his production falling apartat the hands of the maddeningly inept cast, the inspiration for themovie "Four Leaf" Tayback (Nick Nolte) suggests that the film would bebetter shot guerrilla style using hidden cameras and someimprovisation. But, after a series of unfortunate (but hilarious)events leave the troupe stranded, they must both save the picture whichtheir careers are riding on, and possibly themselves at the same time.Adding the flavour to this endeavour are Tugg Speedman (Stiller) as aflailing action has-been, Jack Black, who has also had a successfulyear, as Jeff Portnoy, an Eddie Murphy-esquire comic, Apatow regularJay Baruchel as Kevin Sandusky, rapper turned actor Alpha Chino(Brandon T. Jackson) and of course Kirk Lazarus (Downey Jr.) as theOscar winning method actor. We also get career high cameo andsupporting work from various familiar Hollywood faces, MathewMcConaughey and the much buzzed appearance by Tom Cruise, who is simplyfantastic.

    The most satisfying aspect of Tropic Thunder is that despite showstealing work from Cruise and Downey Jr. everyone gets their slice ofthe comedy pie. One actor is never in the spotlight too much, andnobody hogs the funny too much. And boy is there a lot of funny; thisfilm is one of, if not the best satire made about Hollywood and thejokes come high and low, subtly and bluntly, and they almost alwaysstrike home. Controversy has been in the air surrounding both DowneyJr.'s blackface portrayal as an African American and gags surrounding afilm Tugg Speedman had previously filmed in which he was mentallyhandicapped. While it is inevitable that some will be offended, it isimportant to remember that both of these jabs are not against suchgroups, but against Hollywood who churns out method actors who taketheir job with a block of salt, not a grain. Even complaints I haveread regarding this film I see as intentional inclusions by Stiller,who I believe has been in the business too long to have done suchwithout careful thought and consideration.

    The film starts without warning with a series of phony trailersfeaturing the stars of the feature, and are some of the funniestsegments I have ever seen, especially that of Downey Jr.'s. TropicThunder does not let up however as the ready to quote one-lines, againmostly from Downey Jr. and Cruise, come so fast you will have to make alist once the film has concluded. All in all, this picture is what weneeded, a biting satire/spoof that doesn't have the word Movie afterit. With a similar action/comedy hybrid formula as this year'sPineapple Express (which both star Danny McBride), Tropic Thunder pourson the laughs like a storm and presents a wit that is nothing less thenlightening quick.

    View all my reviews at Simon Says Movie

  10. Erik Gloor ( from Chicago, Illinois
    30 Mar 2012, 6:03 pm

    Every now and then a movie comes out that leaves its audience askinghow in God's name did this film ever get made? How did the pitch go toits producers …? Let me see if I've got this straight: You want tomake a comedy about some pampered actors making a Vietnam movie who arepurposely thrown into an actual confrontation to lend some realism tothe operation? Then you see who produced the film — the actual film –and then you start to understand: Ben Stiller, the star of the movie –actual and fictional.


    When I was a kid my friends and I would get together in my back yardand shoot comical karate movies with the video camera from the AVdepartment of the school where my Dad taught high school biology. We'dham it up and watch them over and over again, laughing hystericallyeach time. But even when I was 13, I knew that the reason these movieswere so funny to us was because we were the stars and because we gotall the inside humor. One wonders if Stiller, Jack Black, Robert DowneyJr. and the assorted other Hollywood A-listers filling the supportingrolls in this film ever knew as much as I did when I was 13. As Ilooked around at my fellow moviegoers as the credits rolled on 'TropicThunder,' watching Tom Cruise on the screen dancing to some rap songand made up to look like a fat, balding typical Hollywood movieproducer, I can tell you with the utmost earnestness, they do not. Weall sat there in the dark, waiting for the rest of the laughs a moviewith such talent available must surely provide, ultimately. But alas,it never did. Maybe 'Tropic Thunder' is funny to people who work in themovie industry, but I wouldn't know because I'm not one of them — andneither is 99% of the movie-going audience.

    Sure there are a few giggles and guffaws here and there, but 'TropicThunder,' can never quite make up its mind about what it is. Is itsatire or slapstick? It tries for both but achieves neither. Mostlyit's just a lot of crude humor and hammed-up bluster.

    I'm no expert, but it seems to me satire works best when you can reallyfocus on the material you're sending up and not distract by randomlyintroducing strange, unique elements to your story. For instance, inwhat universe would the head of a jungle-dwelling, gun-toting Asianheroin ring be a 10 year old boy? What are you lampooning? Heroinrings? And its weird enough that a movie director would allow hisactors to be set up for real danger on the orders of the movie'sproducer, so you really don't need the author of the book the film'sbased on to be a fraud, too. We understand some actors go a little nutsand don't break character, but you needn't conjure up some fictionalsurgical procedure that allows white people to become black to drivethat comic point. You keep all the other constants constant, see, soyou can focus on the core humor.

    And having no core humor is not an excuse — though that would surelybe the one this film's makers would offer if pressed by an angry mob ofmoviegoers each seeking a refund. If you've seen the TV trailers forthis picture, you've already seen much of the few decent one-liners.And watching Stiller once again set himself up to be hilariouslyhumiliated over and over grew tiresome somewhere around the middle of'Meet the Parents.' Jack Black's comic talents are squandered. RobertDowney Junior never quite delivers as a Russell Crowe type perpetuallylost in a Shaft-esquire black militant role he's playing for the moviebeing made in the story. Uh, yeeaahh … that's sooooo Russell Crowe.Matthew McConaughey phones in some whacked out Hollywood agent. NickNolte forgettably mumbles up the book author role. And Tom Cruise'sperformance, as the movie producer, is notable mainly for itsclumsiness and bad taste.

    Things blow up, people blow up, bats are eaten, disgusting, distastefulthings happen. There's a lot of tortured movie-about-movies humor thatnever really gets any traction. But the problem is you never reallycare about why any of it's happening and that's often the differencebetween good comedy and bad. It stands to reason clowny things willhappen to a bunch of clowns and that's all this movie's characters areever shown as. Who cares? Staying in and checking the latest stand-upact on Comedy Central's a better bet than dropping your 9 at thetheatre on this one.

    This movie review by Erik Gloor.

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