first big screen adventure in colour!"
Zero-X, the first manned space exploration
craft to Mars gets into difficulties
when its landing gear gets jammed during take off.
A committee of investigators
call in International Rescue to supervise the
second launch. This time Zero-X
succeeds and progresses successfully to Mars. But
things go wrong again
during final re-entry, and the call goes out
for help from International Rescue
so that, once more, Thunderbirds are go!
Filmed in Supermarionation, Gerry and Sylvia
Anderson's hugely successful
action tv series is translated into a big screen
feature with all the puppets,
gadgets and machines intact. Unfortunately,
the film's release didn't prove quite
as popular as the studio executives had hoped.
This was principally down to
the timing. The tough stance adopted when selling
the TV series in America
had dissuaded a purchase from the three big-hitting
TV channels. "Thunderbirds"
was playing very well on PBS, but its audience
share was limited and that
meant awareness and desire for this first theatrical
feature was low across
the pond. Still, the film's under-achievement didn't
dissuade United Artists from
greenlighting a 1968 sequel, Thunderbird
Trivia Hounds will
recall the film's "groovy" dream sequence, in which
Lady Penelope tapping
her toes whilst puppet versions of Cliff Richard and
the Shadows play for her!
out for that salubrious entertainer Bob Monkhouse, who provides
the voice of Brad Newman.
talking of voices, the film voice of Virgil Tracy was here supplied
Jeremy Wilkin. That's because
regular voice artiste David Holliday had
returned to America, and wasn't
available for the film...
Are Go on DVD
movie double-disc set
Both movies in one box set / R2 / Carlton / July 2004
Are Go (International Rescue edition)
1 / MGM / July 2004
Anderson, John Read
Anderson, Sylvia Anderson
vis fx dir: Derek
vis fx ast: Richard
charac. ops: Christine
Glanville, Mary Turner
Anderson (Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward)
Barrett (John Tracy)
Rimmer (Scott Tracy)
Wilkin (Virgil Tracy)
Zimmerman (Alan Tracy)
Graham (Gordon Tracy / Brains / Parker)
Dyneley (Jeff Tracy)
Davion (Dr Ray Pierce)
Maxwell (Paul Travers)
McCallum (Space Pilot Greg Martin)
Monkhouse (Brad Newman)
'Bud' Tingwell (Dr Tony Gray)