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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

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Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (as Soh Yamamura)
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Eijirô Tôno ...
Admiral Chuici Nagumo (as Eijiro Tono)
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Lt. Commander Alvin D. Kramer
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

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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From 20th Century Fox. The most spectacle film ever made. See more »

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Release Date:

23 September 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Тора! Тора! Тора!  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$14,500,000 (USA)
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(Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)| (some 35 mm prints)| (some 35 mm prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While there was controversy over the attack happening without an explicit warning, declarations of war were already being phased out. The Soviet Union did not declare war when it invaded Poland in September 1939. Adolf Hitler did not declare war on the Soviet Union prior to launching Operation Barbarossa, which he claimed was a pre-emptive strike before Joseph Stalin had time to rearm for war against the European Axis Powers. The Japanese did not declare war before attacking Russian warships at Port Arthur in 1904, beginning the Russo-Japanese War. See more »

Goofs

None of the attacking Japanese aircraft or the American aircraft on the ground have any identification numbers or letters on their tails or fuselages. In actual fact, every plane involved had such markings. Each American Army aircraft in the film (P-40's, B-17's, etc) should have had, as a minimum, its serial number stenciled on the vertical tail. See more »

Quotes

[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 The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

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Chattanooga Choo Choo
Music by Harry Warren
Played at the dance
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Excellent, if not one of the best documentary style movies of all time, as told from both sides, of the event that plunged the United States into the Second World War.
7 December 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This movie reigns supreme over it's 2001 version Pearl Harbor which is really a fictional love story confined within a true conflict. Tora Tora Tora is based on actual events leading up to this avoidable tragedy, notably the bureaucratic bungling and complacency from the top down which allowed the Japanese attack to succeed.

Throughout this well done production, the story in true chronological sequence shifts between the two opposing sides with full subtitles giving the role played by each leading actor.

The viewer is given a clear concise unfolding of events with the part of the code-breakers importantly emphasized.

The attack is quite breathtaking in parts with several scenes closely resembling or being actual footage taken.

Ironically the breaking of the Japanese naval code by U.S. Intelligence gave the Americans every opportunity to correctly contemplate the next move of their adversary, but a desire for utmost secrecy by the Roosevelt Administration and the top brass of the Navy and Army restricted the transmission of clear and proper communications necessary for the Pearl Harbor commanders, Admiral Kimmel and General Short to make sound objective judgments regarding their respective commands.

Both men were treated shabbily by their superiors in the aftermath of the attack, were relieved of their command, and for decades thereafter had to endure the shame and responsibility placed on them in allowing this occurrence to happen.

This movie does a lot to exonerate them from their part in this terrible disaster.

P.S. I had the great honor of meeting bugler Richard Fiske personally, (USS West Virginia) with a colleague of mine when we visited Pearl Harbor in March 1997, (plus autograph),and had our photo taken with him. It is one of my enduring photos of this great sailor who gave his time unselfishly as a volunteer survivor, at the base, to give two second generation Australians the respect of knowing that we met a man who belonged to a nation which contributed to the success of winning the Pacific War.


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