Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

G  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  23 September 1970 (USA)
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A dramatization of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the series of American blunders that allowed it to happen.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Admiral Yamamoto (as Soh Yamamura)
Tatsuya Mihashi ...
Eijirô Tôno ...
Admiral Nagumo (as Eijiro Tono)
Lt. Commander Kramer
Shôgo Shimada ...
Ambassador Nomura (as Shogo Shimada)
Lt. Commander Thomas
Koreya Senda ...
Junya Usami ...
Admiral Yoshida
Captain John Earle


In 1941 the Japanese are at odds with the United States on a number of issues which they are attempting to resolve via their Washington embassy. In case this diplomacy fails, the military are hatching plans for a surprise early Sunday morning air attack on the U.S. base at Pearl Harbour. American intelligence is breaking the Japanese diplomatic messages but few high-ups are prepared to believe that an attack is likely, let alone where or how it might come. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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Drama | History | War


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Release Date:

23 September 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Тора! Тора! Тора!  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)


$14,500,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


| (Extended Japanese Edition 2009)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)| (some 35 mm prints)| (some 35 mm prints)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The two pilots named by Adm. 'Bull Halsey' during the target practice scene, Dickinson and Anderson, were both real members of bombing squadrons aboard the Enterprise in December 1941. See more »


When Kramer hands Bratton the most recent intercept in the decoding room, Bratton turns it upside-down as he receives it, and then apparently reads it successfully. See more »


Lt. Colonel Rufus S. Bratton: [rushing in with a message warning about a possible attack] Ed, here's a message; I need this typed up immediately!
Colonel Edward F. French: [in no hurry whatsoever] R-i-ight.
[he studies the paper]
Colonel Edward F. French: Umm... the General's handwriting - hard to read. You're going to have to help me out with this, Rufus.
[looking nervously at French, Bratton takes the paper from French and sits down at a typewriter, rolling paper in as if to begin typing the handwritten message]
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Referenced in Shaft (1971) See more »


Chattanooga Choo Choo
Music by Harry Warren
Played at the dance
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Extremely Faithful
5 May 2005 | by (Tampa, FL United States) – See all my reviews

I can review this from a different perspective: my father was a Coast Artillery officer in the U. S. Army stationed at Fort Kamehameha, abutting Hickam Field, when the attack took place. He had his family with him, so my mother, my sister, and I also were involved. I was pre-kindergarten at the time, but have a good memory. Naturally, I've read extensively about the attack since.

Speaking personally, the attack in the film sounded real, though our mother kept me and my sister inside for much of the attack (we had to go outside to get evacuated from our quarters).

But that aside: the film mirrors historic events closely. However, (possibly a minor spoiler or two follow) there were some little points that had been added for the audience's sake.

The MAGIC machine, which was breaking the Japanese PURPLE cipher, did not have to be explained to either officer, but one did, so the audience would get the drift of what was happening. (The actual machine was the greatest cryptological feat of World War II, greater than Enigma, because it was developed from scratch by Frank Rowlett under the direction of William Friedmann.) The film was based in large part from the books of Professor Gordon W. Prenge, an historian who specialized in Pearl Harbor. Prenge interviewed many of the principals in the action, on both sides, and became friends with several.

This is the best film on Pearl Harbor. I got tapes for my mother and sister, both of whom shared my reaction to it.

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