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Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Admiral Yamamoto (as Soh Yamamura)
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Tatsuya Mihashi ...
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Lt. Colonal Bratton (as E. G. Marshall)
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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

attack | pearl harbor | japan | navy | hawaii | See more »

Taglines:

The incredible attack on Pearl Harbor as told from both the American and Japanese sides. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

23 September 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I epopoiia tou Pearl Harbor  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$14,500,000 (USA)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

(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

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto most likely did not utter his famous quote about having "roused a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve" - it seems to be a post-war invention based on Yamamoto's actual beliefs on the likely outcome of war with the United States and his affinity for the US in general. It appears to be a more dramatic re-write of a letter he sent a month after the attack, in which he wrote: "A military man can scarcely pride himself on having 'smitten a sleeping enemy'; it is more a matter of shame, simply, for the one smitten. I would rather you made your appraisal after seeing what the enemy does, since it is certain that, angered and outraged, he will soon launch a determined counterattack." By contrast, his warning earlier in the film about attacking the USA that begins with "If I am told to fight ... I shall run wild for the first six months..." is largely accurate. See more »

Goofs

When all the Japanese planes launch from their carriers on the morning of the attack, there is a shot from a plane looking down at one of the carriers. The carrier is obviously a US Essex-class carrier with an angled landing deck modification. The angled landing deck didn't begin to appear on carriers until the mid 1950s. See more »

Quotes

Cordell Hull: In all my fifty years of public service, I have never seen a document so crowded with infamous falsehoods and distortions, on a scale so huge that I never imagined until today that any government on this planet was capable of uttering them.
Ambassador Nomura: [pleading] Mr. Hull...
Cordell Hull: [wearily] Go!
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Connections

Referenced in Mary Tyler Moore: Just Friends (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

The Star-Spangled Banner
Music based on "The Anacreontic Song" by John Stafford Smith
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User Reviews

How It All Began
18 February 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite war films. What makes it so great is that just like "The Longest Day" this film looks at the events that led up to and during one of the most momentous moments in the history of not only this country, but Japan as well. I also loved the acting in it. Martin Balsam and Jason Robards should have been nominated for their performances as Admiral Kimmel and General Short, respectively. Also, I wonder how much different it would have been if Akira Kurosawa had directed the Japanese scenes as he originally was supposed to. I also wonder if the fact that it dealt with one of the darker chapters in American history had something to to with its poor box office showing on this side of the Pacific (ironically, it was a box office smash in Japan). However, it is still a great film and I especially loved it at the end when Yamamoto made his famous comment "I fear we have awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with terrible resolve." How right he was.


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