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Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

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A dramatization of the Japanese attack on the U.S. naval base at 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)
Eijirô Tôno ...
Admiral Nagumo (as Eijiro Tono)
Lt. Commander Kramer
Shôgo Shimada ...
Ambassador Nomura (as Shogo Shimada)
Lt. Commander Thomas
Koreya Senda ...
Jun Usami ...
Admiral Yoshida (as Junya Usami)
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 {J-26}

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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)

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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 peak filmed and pointed out by the actors as the site for the new radar antenna, where they were having trouble securing access from local forestry officials, is nowhere near Opana Point. The peak is actually Puu Kanehoalani on Oahu's east coast. It is one of the narrowest and most inaccessible peaks on the island, even for daring mountain climbers. See more »


On the USS Ward, her commanding officer is wearing the gold oak leaf insignia of a lieutenant commander. Her actual commanding officer, W. W. Outerbridge, was only a lieutenant, one grade below what is shown, on the day of the attack. This was reinforced by captain Earle's comment that the skipper was "just a green kid." See more »


General Short: We're going on alert. Right now.
Maj. Gordon A. Blake - Hickam Field Operations Officer: Again, sir? But the men are confused, sir.
General Short: Well, dammit, un-confuse them!
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Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »


At Last
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the cocktail party on Saturday night, Dec. 6.
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If you really want to know what happened...
10 June 2001 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

...see this film.

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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