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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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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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Plot Keywords:

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

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The most spectacular film ever made. See more »


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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

Of all the time and money spent by Akira Kurosawa, less than one minute of the film he shot is in the final release version. See more »

Goofs

The map of the Hawaiian Islands in Kimmel's office is incorrect, as it shows Maui and Hawaii as one island instead of two. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Cmdr. Fuchida: Exceptional people get exceptional treatment!
Japanese Pilot: You outrank me, so it must be true.
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Connections

Referenced in Sexual Liberty Now (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

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

 
Superbly done
7 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film tells the story of the attack by the Japanese Navy on an unsuspecting Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The film is balanced insofar as it's perspective, being told from both the Japanese and American sides. The storyline begins pretty much with the decision by the Japanese government that, unless negotiations with the United States were to take a decidedly different direction, there would be no choice but to go to war. It then follows the planning of the attack by Admiral Yamamoto and his staff. Concurrently, it shows that the negotiations between the two countries was not going well at all (from the Japanese standpoint). Depicted are, sadly, the absolutely dreadful decisions made by the US Commanders at Pearl Harbor, the ignoring of evidence that an attack was imminent, the lack of coordination in communications that resulted in huge delays in receiving crucial information and, lastly, ignoring the incoming Japanese raiders after they were spotted on American radar on their way in. The actual bombing and combat footage is very well done. The acting is superb by the entire stellar cast. Overall, if you want to know how a tragic event came to be, this film will explain it. It is historically mostly correct, although some artistic license was taken, for sure. Overall, an excellent production!


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