Iron Man (2008)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 7 mins

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Tony Stark is the complete playboy who also happens to be an engineering genius. While in Afghanistan demonstrating a new missile, he's captured and wounded. His captors want him to assemble a missile for them but instead he creates an armored suit and a means to prevent his death from the shrapnel left in his chest by the attack. He uses the armored suit to escape. Back in the U.S. he announces his company will cease making weapons and he begins work on an updated armored suit only to find that Obadiah Stane, his second in command at Stark industries has been selling Stark weapons to the insurgents. He uses his new suit to return to Afghanistan to destroy the arms and then to stop Stane from misusing his research.
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Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr, Terrence Howard

Crew: Jon Favreau (Director), Matthew Libatique (Director of Photography), Ramin Djawadi (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Release Dates: 01 May 2008 (India)

Tagline: Heroes aren't born. They're built.

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Did you know? The script was not completely prepared when filming began, since the filmmakers were more focused on the story and the action, so the dialogue was mostly ad-libbed throughout filming; Jon Favreau acknowledged this made the film feel more natural. Some scenes were shot with two cameras to capture lines improvised on the spot; Robert Downey Jr. would ask for many takes of one scene since he wanted to try something new. Gwyneth Paltrow, on the other hand, had a difficult time trying to match Downey with a suitable line, as she never knew what he would say. Read More
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as Pepper Potts
as Tony Stark / Iron Man
as Rhodey
as Reporter
as Reporter
as General Gabriel
as Agent Coulson
as Omar
as Raza
as Howard Stark
as Flight Attendant
as Obadiah Stane
as Hogan
as Jimmy
as Christine Everhart
as Reporter
as Amira Ahmed
as William Ginter Riva
as Flight Attendant
as Viper 2
Supporting Actress
as Abu Bakaar
as Yinsen
as Stan Lee
as Major Allen


First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director


Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director


Sound Mixer
Sound Effects Editor
Sound Re-recording Mixer
Foley Artist
Boom Operator


Production Designer
Set Decorator


Casting Director

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer



Makeup and Hair

Makeup Artist

Special Effects

Special Effects Coordinator
Special Effects Technician


Visual Effects

Visual Effects Supervisor
Visual Effects Coordinator
Digital Compositor
Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
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Factual Mistake
Stark falls off of one plane and another plane flies through him shearing off its left wing. The plane immediately starts a clockwise roll as if the right wing's weight would cause the right side of the plane to dip. In actuality the plane would roll counter clockwise because the only lift is from the right wing so it would rise.

Factual Mistake
Newspaper clipping dated Friday December 17 2001, during the award ceremony telling about Stark's parents' death. However, December 17 2001 was a Monday.

Factual Mistake
In the opening scene a rocket is seen burrowing into the dirt next to Tony before exploding. The warhead is clearly blue and likely a Mk 153 SMAW round. Any munition in use with the military that is blue (such as the SMAW Common Practice Round) is used for the sole purpose of training and would therefore not explode.

Factual Mistake
The lead F-22 Raptor pursuing Iron Man is firing a 30mm GSh-30-1 cannon. The rate of fire is insufficiently fast for a Raptor's actual cannon armament, the 20mm M61A2 Vulcan.

Audio/Video Mismatch
When the "Jericho" rocket explodes in the distance, an explosion is heard, this is not possible due to the speed of sound being much slower than the speed of light.

Audio/Video Mismatch
In the scene where Tony is upgrading the MkII suit to correct the icing problem, one of the screens behind him is taking a real-time transcript of his and Jarvis' dialogue. When Jarvis asks, "Shall I render using proposed specifications?", the computer screen says "utilizing" instead of "using."

Character Error
Stark is said to have graduated from MIT summa cum laude, but MIT does not graduate people with honors.

Character Error
In the sequence when the Air Force fighters try to shoot down Iron Man, LTC Rhodes calls the Air Force officer in charge of the ops center "Major" when the subdued rank on his uniform indicates that he is a Lieutenant Colonel.

Character Error
Rhodes assures Tony that Pepper is with five agents about to make the arrest. The number of men in neckties accompanying Pepper is six.

When Tony Stark is being interviewed by Christine Everhart, his goatee is small, thin, and pointed, and his mustache appears almost drawn-on. The following morning, after seducing her, his goatee and mustache have grown, becoming round and full, in far too little time to be natural.

When Tony Stark is working at his computer, his coffee mug is upside down. In the next shot, it is right side up and partially filled with coffee.

In the party scene when Tony Stark is buying a drink, he puts a folded bill in the tip glass, which can be seen sticking out from the rest. When it cuts to where you can see a close-up of the money glass, Tony's tip is no longer there.

When Tony Stark drives his Audi R8 to Disney Hall for the benefit event, there is no front license plate affixed to the vehicle. However, when he pulls up to the entrance, his "STARK4" vanity plate is clearly visible on the front of the car.

When Pepper brings a cup of coffee balanced on a brown paper wrapped parcel, the parcel is on its side (taped ends are horizontal, box is on its longer side). When Tony later moves the coffee mug and proceeds to unwrap the parcel, the taped ends are now at the top rather than the side (it's resting on its shorter side).

The amount of grain on the bags that Yinsen is lying on in the cave changes in between shots.

When Yinsen is showing Tony the picture of the Jericho the terrorist wants him to build, his hand position holding the picture changes between the in-front and point-of-view shots.

Crew/Equipment Visible
When Pepper comes down the stairs to see Tony working on his motorcycle as the glass door closes behind her, you can see a staff worker in the reflection of the door.

Crew/Equipment Visible
Crew are visible in the reflection of Yinsen's glasses outside of the cave when Tony "agrees" to create the Jericho missile.

Factual Mistake
Though it makes for a good kidnapping, in reality, US soldiers are specifically trained to never to stop when ambushed in a convoy.
The script was not completely prepared when filming began, since the filmmakers were more focused on the story and the action, so the dialogue was mostly ad-libbed throughout filming; Jon Favreau acknowledged this made the film feel more natural. Some scenes were shot with two cameras to capture lines improvised on the spot; Robert Downey Jr. would ask for many takes of one scene since he wanted to try something new. Gwyneth Paltrow, on the other hand, had a difficult time trying to match Downey with a suitable line, as she never knew what he would say.

Tony Stark's computer system is called JARVIS (standing for "Just A Rather Very Intelligent System"). This is a tribute to Edwin Jarvis, Tony Stark's butler. He was changed to an artificial intelligence to avoid comparisons to Batman/Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred Pennyworth.

The montage of Tony Stark's life story was created by editor Kyle Cooper, and contains real-life photos of a young Robert Downey Jr. and his father Robert Downey Sr..

Stan Lee, the creator of Iron Man, had originally based Tony Stark on Howard Hughes, whom he felt was "one of the most colourful men of our time: an inventor, an adventurer, a multimillionaire, a ladies man and finally a nutcase." Robert Downey Jr. further described his portrayal of Stark as "a challenge of making a wealthy, establishmentarian, weapons-manufacturing, hard-drinking, womanizing prick into a character who is likable and a hero."

Jon Favreau wanted Robert Downey Jr. because he felt the actor's past was right for the part. He commented: "The best and worst moments of Robert's life have been in the public eye. He had to find an inner balance to overcome obstacles that went far beyond his career. That's Tony Stark. Robert brings a depth that goes beyond a comic book character having trouble in high school, or can't get the girl." Favreau also felt Downey could make Stark "a likable asshole", but also depict an authentic emotional journey once he won over the audience.

To prepare for his role as Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. spent five days a week weight training and practiced martial arts to get into shape.

To avoid spoilers about the final press conference, the extras were told that it was a dream sequence.

This is the last film special effects expert Stan Winston completed before his death.

Paul Bettany recorded all his lines as JARVIS in two hours.

To prepare for her role as Pepper Potts, Gwyneth Paltrow asked Marvel to send her any comics to aid her understanding of the character.

During the highway battle with Iron Monger, a building can be seen in the background with a Roxxon logo. In the Marvel Universe, Roxxon is a notorious conglomerate known for illegal activities, agents of which were responsible of the death of Stark's parents.

Roughly 450 separate pieces make up the Iron Man suit.

Just before the final press conference, Tony Stark is reading the newspaper with a grainy, amateur photograph of Iron Man on the cover. The picture is part of a video, shot by onlookers hiding in a bush during initial filming, that appeared on the Internet in 2007.

400 extras were meant to be filmed standing at Tony Stark's press conference, but Robert Downey Jr. suggested they ought to sit down, as that would be more realistic and comfortable.

Gwyneth Paltrow based her performance on 1940s heroines (who she claimed were sexy, witty and innocent all at once).

Rhodey's ringtone for when Tony Stark calls him is a midi version of the theme music to the 1966 Iron Man cartoon.

According to Paul Bettany, he did not know which film he was working on; he merely did the job as a favor for Jon Favreau, whom he worked with on Wimbledon (2004).

Agent Phil Coulson repeatedly states he is a member of the "Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division" (finally shortening it to SHIELD). In the comics, the SHIELD agency originally stood for the "Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage/Law-Enforcement Division", then in 1991 was revised to the 'Strategic Hazard Intervention/Espionage Logistics Directorate'.

For the "Iron Man" trilogy, Jon Favreau thought of making the Iron Monger the main villain of the second film. Stane was going to be Stark's friend and confidante in the first film, but then would become his enemy in the second installment. However, Favreau was worried how to handle The Mandarin, whom was to be the villain of the first film, so he decided to re-work the character into a behind-the-scenes presence and make Iron Monger the first villain.

Gwyneth Paltrow only needed to travel 15 minutes to get to the studio. She claimed that this is a part of the reason she took the role, as she could be home with her two children during the entire shoot.
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