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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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Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto (as Soh Yamamura)
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Tatsuya Mihashi ...
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Takahiro Tamura ...
Lt. Cmdr. Mitsuo Fuchida
Eijirô Tôno ...
Vice Adm. Chuichi Nagumo (as Eijiro Tono)
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Lt. Gen. Walter C. Short
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Lt. Cmdr. Alwin D. Kramer
Shôgo Shimada ...
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Lt. Cmdr. Francis J. Thomas - USS Nevada
Koreya Senda ...
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Junya Usami ...
Adm. Zengo Yoshida
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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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attack | japan | pearl harbor | navy | hawaii | See more »

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


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 September 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tora! Tora! Tora!  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$14,500,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The P-40 crashing in the flight line was an unplanned accident - it was a life-sized mockup powered by a gasoline engine turning the propeller and steered by using the wheel brakes, just like real airplanes, but was specifically designed not to fly. The aircraft shown was loaded with explosives which were to be detonated by radio control at a specific point down the runway. Stunt actors were strategically located and rehearsed in which way to run. However shortly after the plane began taxiing down the runway it did begin to lift off the ground and turn to the left. The left turn would have taken it into a group of other mockups which had also been wired with explosives, but weren't scheduled to be destroyed until later. The explosives in the first P-40 were detonated on the spot in order to keep it from destroying the other planes, so the explosion occurred in a location the stunt men weren't prepared for. When it looks like they were running for their lives, they really were. This special effect was filmed with multiple camera so that it could be reused in other shots in the film, as were all the major special effects. See more »

Goofs

The angle of the sun is incorrect for the time of day and year. This is especially noticeable on the Japanese strike aircraft flying over Oahu toward Pearl Harbor Naval Station itself. See more »

Quotes

Fisherman: [annoyed by Fuchida's planes flying past him during a training flight] Navy pilots attract geisha girls, but they frighten the fish!
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Connections

Spoofed in A Man Called Sarge (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

At Last
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the cocktail party
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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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