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USA: Paramount Pictures
UK: Paramount Pictures UK
Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub, Gwyneth Paltrow, Faran Tahir, Sayed Badreya, Bill Smitrovich, Clark Gregg, Tim Guinee, Will Lyman, Kevin Foster, Garret Noel, Eileen Weisinger, Ahmed Ahmed, Fahim Fazli, Marco Khan, Tom Morello, Gerard Sanders, Tim Rigby, Russell Richardson, Jon Favreau, Nazanin Boniadi
Director: Jon Favreau
USA: 126 mins
UK: 125 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and brief suggestive content
UK Certificate: 12A contains moderate violence and one use of moderate language
USA Release Date: 1 May 2008
UK Release Date: 2 May 2008
Billionaire industrialist and genius inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) is CEO of Stark Industries, the US Government's top weapons contractor, and Tony has achieved celebrity status by protecting American interests around the globe for decades.
But Tony's laid-back attitude is forever changed when his convoy is attacked following a weapons test he organises and is held hostage by a group of insurgents. Injured by life-threatening shrapnel embedded near his already weakened heart, Tony is ordered to build a devastating weapon for Raza (Faran Tahir), the mysterious leader of the insurgents. Ignoring his captors' requests, Tony uses his intellect and ingenuity to build a suit of armour that keeps him alive and enables him to escape captivity.
Returning to America, Tony vows to take Stark Industries in a new direction. Despite resistance from Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges), his right-hand man and top executive, Tony spends his days and nights in his workshop developing and refining an advanced suit of armour that gives him superhuman strength and physical protection.
With the help of his loyal assistant Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and his trusted military liaison Rhodey (Terrence Howard), Tony uncovers a nefarious plot with global implications. Donning his powerful new red and gold armour, Tony vows to protect the world and right its injustices as his new alter-ego, Iron Man.