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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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Admiral Nagumo (as Eijiro Tono)
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Ambassador Nomura (as Shogo Shimada)
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Admiral Yoshida
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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 Jeremy Perkins <>

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The most spectacular film ever made. See more »


Drama | History | War


G | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 September 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Тора! Тора! Тора!  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)


$14,500,000 (USA)

Company Credits

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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 ship used to portray the USS Ward (DD-139), an updated World War I "Flush Deck" destroyer, was the USS Finch (DER-328), a highly modified World War II Edsall class destroyer escort. The Finch bears no resemblance to the Ward. See more »


The angle of the sun is incorrect for the time of day and year. This is especially noticeable on the Japanese strike aircraft flying over Oahu toward Pearl Harbor Naval Station itself. See more »


[after a Japanese bomber flies over his head at the start of the attack]
Captain Logan C. Ramsey: [to a nearby officer] Get that guy's number Dick, I'll report him for safety violations!
[the plane drops a bomb. After the explosion the two men stare after it dumbfounded]
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Operation Double 007 (1993) See more »


The Star-Spangled Banner
Music based on "The Anacreontic Song" by John Stafford Smith
[Played on ship by Navy band as zeroes attack.]
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One of the best WW2 movies ever.
21 October 2004 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

Tora! Tora! Tora! has long been a favorite of this WW2 buff. Considering I have had 34 years to study and learn about the war since the film first was shown, I still maintain it is almost unbeatable in terms of realism and historical accuracy. An added attraction for me has always been it's total lack of a love interest. Unlike the recent "Pearl Harbor", T!T!T! is not complicated by any silly love stories. While by recent standards the movie may seem slow paced and plodding, the details of the events leading up to the attack is gratifying to see and actually educational. The attack action is thrilling, well paced, and in its use of models, actual planes and other equipment,is extremely realistic with few distracting anachronisms. Be aware that this is definitely not a movie to watch if you are in a hurry.

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