Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines. However, mismanagement and poor planning result in its failure.
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
Cornelia Fort, the civilian flight instructor who first spotted the Japanese as they were heading for Pearl Harbor, was actually pursued by a couple of fighters and her plane was shot at. In fact, the field where she and her student landed was attacked and the airport manager was killed and two other planes that took off from that airport never returned. She later would go on to join the WAFS and her job was ferrying planes. Sadly she she was killed in a mid-air collision when a plane she was ferrying was struck by another pilot and crashed ten miles south of Merkel, Texas. See more »
When the band is playing the "Star Spangled Banner" as the attack begins, the audio and video are out of sync at the end. Also, the band appears to have played the song twice. See more »
Major Truman Landon:
What a way to fly into a war... Unarmed and outta gas. Oboe Leader to Oboe Flight... we've flown smack into the middle of a war... Get out as fast as you can, anywhere you can. If you can't make Hickam try Bellows or Wheeler.
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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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