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Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

In 1941, following months of economic embargo, Japan prepares to open its war against the United States with a preemptive strike on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (as Soh Yamamura)
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Admiral Chuici Nagumo (as Eijiro Tono)
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Shôgo Shimada ...
Ambassador Kichisaburo Nomura (as Shogo Shimada)
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Lt. Commander Thomas
Koreya Senda ...
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Jun Usami ...
Admiral Zengo Yoshida (as Junya Usami)
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Storyline

This dramatic retelling of the Pearl Harbor attack details everything in the days that led up to that tragic moment in American history. As United States and Japanese relations strain over the U.S. embargo of raw materials, Air Staff Officer Minoru Genda (Tatsuya Mihashi) plans the preemptive strike against the United States. Although American intelligence agencies intercept Japanese communications hinting at the attack, they are unwilling to believe such a strike could ever occur on U.S. soil. Written by Jwelch5742

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Taglines:

The incredible attack on Pearl Harbor as told from both the American and Japanese sides. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | History | War

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 September 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Тора! Тора! Тора!  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$29,548,291
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

(DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The woman giving the flying lesson as the Japanese approach Pearl Harbor is based on the real-life Cornelia Fort. Fort's plane, an Interstate Cadet, was chased and strafed during the attack while landing at a nearby civilian airport. Fort later joined the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Service. She was the first WAFS pilot to die during the war, the result of a mid-air collision near Abilene, Texas. See more »

Goofs

When Lieutenants Taylor and Welch finally get their P-40s airborne, they are shown winging towards Pearl Harbor in the distance. Yet, there are no fires, smoke, or explosions from the devastation there. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto: I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.
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Crazy Credits

The 20th Century Fox logo does not appear on this film. See more »

Connections

Edited into Midway (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

At Last
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the cocktail party on Saturday night, Dec. 6.
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How It All Began
18 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite war films. What makes it so great is that just like "The Longest Day" this film looks at the events that led up to and during one of the most momentous moments in the history of not only this country, but Japan as well. I also loved the acting in it. Martin Balsam and Jason Robards should have been nominated for their performances as Admiral Kimmel and General Short, respectively. Also, I wonder how much different it would have been if Akira Kurosawa had directed the Japanese scenes as he originally was supposed to. I also wonder if the fact that it dealt with one of the darker chapters in American history had something to to with its poor box office showing on this side of the Pacific (ironically, it was a box office smash in Japan). However, it is still a great film and I especially loved it at the end when Yamamoto made his famous comment "I fear we have awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with terrible resolve." How right he was.


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