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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 Yamamoto (as Soh Yamamura)
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Eijirô Tôno ...
Admiral Nagumo (as Eijiro Tono)
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Lt. Commander Kramer
Shôgo Shimada ...
Ambassador Nomura (as Shogo Shimada)
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Lt. Commander Thomas
Koreya Senda ...
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Junya Usami ...
Admiral Yoshida
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Captain John Earle
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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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Taglines:

The incredible attack on Pearl Harbor. See more »

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Action | Drama | History | War

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 September 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Тора! Тора! Тора!  »

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Box Office

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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Aspect Ratio:

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. 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

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto's famous statement regarding Japan's chances in a war America was; "I can run wild for six months... after that, I have no expectation of success." The movie incorrectly shows him saying; "If we must, we can raise havoc with them for a year... after that, I can guarantee nothing." 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 Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gorgo (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Extremely Faithful
5 May 2005 | by (Tampa, FL United States) – See all my reviews

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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