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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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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>

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The incredible attack on Pearl Harbor. See more »


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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Extended Japanese Edition 2009)

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

Tatsuya Mihashi, who played Commander Genda, was a highly popular and prolific actor throughout the 1950s and 1960s. After completing this film, it would be 10 years before he would appear in another film. In the following 25 years he would appear in only about a half dozen features before his death in 2004. See more »

Goofs

Frank Knox's aide, Major John Dillon, is dressed in an Navy Admiral's uniform instead of a Marine Corps Major's uniform. See more »

Quotes

[Admiral Stark is reading through the final part of the Japanese diplomatic ultimatum at his desk with Kramer, McCollum, Wilkinson, and two other officers]
Captain Arthur H. McCollum: Sir, the fourteenth part of this intercept which Kramer just delivered, indicates to me that the Japanese are going to attack.
Admiral Harold R. Stark: None of us doubt that war is coming. We know they have an expeditionary force heading south.
Rear Admiral Theodore S. Wilkinson: Sir, as hostilities seem imminent, may I recommend that you telephone Admiral Kimmel... in Hawaii.
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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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