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Monday, July 15, 2013

Thunderbird 6 (1968)

Starring Peter Dyneley, Sylvia Anderson, Shane Rimmer, Jeremy Wilkin, Matt Zimmerman
Directed by David Lane
(actor & director credits courtesy

Members of the International Rescue team are invited aboard the maiden voyage of a new airship, but unbeknownst to them, the captain and crew have been replaced by terrorists.

An improvement on the previous Thunderbirds feature film, Thunderbirds Are Go, once again marionettes are the stars, but this one's a bit more fun, with the story taking our heroes on a jet-setting adventure, affording the filmmakers the chance to render models of famous world landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty and the pyramids of Egypt.  Although the showpiece vehicle this time around is a massive airship, an old-fashioned bi-plane becomes an important part of the story, and shots of an apparent scale model of the craft are seamlessly mixed together with footage of an actual full-size plane.  Also of note, when compared to Thunderbirds Are Go, is the increased violence in this installment as several characters are gunned down rather mercilessly, rather surprisingly for a film aimed at children.

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