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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
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The P-40's destroyed on the ground are full-scale mock-ups, some remote-controlled to taxi. See more »
The Japanese aircraft are shown with the national insignia having a white outline around the red "sun". The white outline was not used until 1943. See more »
[Admiral Stark is reading through the final part of the Japanese diplomatic ultimatum at his desk with Kramer, McCollum, Wilkinson, and two other officers]
Captain Arthur H. McCollum:
Sir, the fourteenth part of this intercept which Kramer just delivered, indicates to me that the Japanese are going to attack.
Admiral Harold R. Stark:
None of us doubt that war is coming. We know they have an expeditionary force heading south.
Rear Admiral Theodore S. Wilkinson:
Sir, as hostilities seem imminent, may I recommend that you telephone Admiral Kimmel... in Hawaii.
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Whether you want to waste time seeing Brucheimer and Bay's self-indulgently long PEARL HARBOR with its totally extraneous fictional romance -- that's up to you. But whether you see it or not, the real history of the human stupidity on both sides of the Pacific that created the attack is clearly portrayed in TORA! TORA! TORA!
The new DVD edition has insightful commentary by the director plus a documentary about the attack. This film is tensely paced and displays and excellent cast. The Jerry Goldsmith score is kept to a minimum but is very effective. The special FX for the attack are all the more impressive considering they were done before the advent of computer generated FX such as those in PEARL HARBOR -- and they equal those of PEARL HARBOR.
If you want to know the real story, see this film and then also check out the companion stories in FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, DESTINATION TOKYO, and THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO.
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