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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
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The USS Phoenix, a cruiser, survived the attack on Pearl Harbor and went on to have a distinguished career in the Pacific theatre of war. After the war she was sold to Argentina and made world headlines when the General Belgrano, as she was re-named, was sunk by a Royal Navy submarine during the Falkland Islands War. See more »
In the opening shot as Admirals Richardson (outgoing CINCUS) and Kimmel (incoming CINCUS) are flying over Pearl Harbor, they fly over an airfield with (then) modern aircraft on the ramp. See more »
[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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Whether you want to waste time seeing Brucheimer and Bay's self-indulgently long PEARL HARBOR with its totally extraneous fictional romance -- that's up to you. But whether you see it or not, the real history of the human stupidity on both sides of the Pacific that created the attack is clearly portrayed in TORA! TORA! TORA!
The new DVD edition has insightful commentary by the director plus a documentary about the attack. This film is tensely paced and displays and excellent cast. The Jerry Goldsmith score is kept to a minimum but is very effective. The special FX for the attack are all the more impressive considering they were done before the advent of computer generated FX such as those in PEARL HARBOR -- and they equal those of PEARL HARBOR.
If you want to know the real story, see this film and then also check out the companion stories in FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, DESTINATION TOKYO, and THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO.
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