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Tora! Tora! Tora! -- A dramatization of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the series of American blunders that allowed it to happen.
Tora! Tora! Tora! -- A dramatization of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the series of American blunders that allowed it to happen.

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Writers:
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Release Date:
23 September 1970 (USA) See more »
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The incredible attack on Pearl Harbor. See more »
Plot:
A dramatization of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the series of American blunders that allowed it to happen. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 7 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(3 articles)
Filmmaker Richard Fleischer Dies
 (From WENN. 27 March 2006)

Director Richard Fleischer Dies at 89
 (From WENN. 24 March 2006)

Keith Andes Dies
 (From WENN. 28 November 2005)

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A definite must for anyone who's curious about Pearl Harbor. See more (149 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Martin Balsam ... Admiral Kimmel

Sô Yamamura ... Admiral Yamamoto (as Soh Yamamura)

Joseph Cotten ... Henry Stimson
Tatsuya Mihashi ... Commander Genda

E.G. Marshall ... Lt. Colonal Bratton

Takahiro Tamura ... Lt. Commander Fuchida

James Whitmore ... Admiral Halsey
Eijirô Tôno ... Admiral Nagumo (as Eijiro Tono)

Wesley Addy ... Lt. Commander Kramer
Shôgo Shimada ... Ambassador Nomura (as Shogo Shimada)

Frank Aletter ... Lt. Commander Thomas
Koreya Senda ... Prince Konoye

Leon Ames ... Frank Knox
Junya Usami ... Admiral Yoshida

Richard Anderson ... Captain John Earle
Kazuo Kitamura ... Foreign Minister Matsuoka
Keith Andes ... General George Marshall

Edward Andrews ... Admiral Stark

Neville Brand ... Lieutenant Kaminsky
Leora Dana ... Mrs. Kramer
Asao Uchida ... General Tojo

George Macready ... Cordell Hull

Norman Alden ... Major Truman Landon
Walter Brooke ... Captain Theodore Wilkinson
Rick Cooper ... Lieutenant George Welch
Elven Havard ... Doris Miller
June Dayton ... Miss Ray Cave
Jeff Donnell ... Cornelia

Richard Erdman ... Colonel Edward F. French
Jerry Fogel ... Lt. Commander William Outerbridge
Shunichi Nakamura ... Kameto Kuroshima
Carl Reindel ... Lieutenant Kenneth Taylor
Edmon Ryan ... Rear Admiral Bellinger
Hisao Toake ... Saburo Kurusu

Jason Robards ... General Short
Susumu Fujita ... Rear Adm. Tamon Yamaguchi
Bontarô Miake ... Adm. Koshiro Oikawa (as Bontaro Miyake)
Ichirô Ryûzaki ... Rear Adm. Ryunosuke Kusaka (as Ichiro Reuzaki)
Kazuko Ichikawa ... Geisha in Kagoshima

Hank Jones ... Davey - Student Pilot in Biplane
Karl Lukas ... Capt. Harold C. Train - USS California

Ron Masak ... Lt. Laurence Ruff - USS Nevada
Hiroshi Nihon'yanagi ... Rear Adm. Chuichi Hara (as Kan Nihonyanagi)
Toshio Hosokawa ... Lt. Cmdr. Shigeharu Murata (as Tosio Hosokawa)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tôru Abe ... Rear Adm. Takijiro Onishi (uncredited)
Hiroshi Akutagawa ... Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal Koichi Kido (Japanese version only) (uncredited)
Kiyoshi Atsumi ... Cook #1 (Japanese version only) (uncredited)
Harold Conway ... Eugene Dooman - US Embassy Counselor (uncredited)
Dick Cook ... Capt. Logan C. Ramsey (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Jerry Cox ... Lt. Kermit A. Tyler (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Mike Daneen ... Edward Crocker - US Embassy First Secretary (uncredited)
Francis De Sales ... Capt. Arthur H. McCollum - Wilkinson's Subordinate with Stark (uncredited)
Dave Donnelly ... Maj. Gordon A. Blake - Hickam Field Operations Officer (uncredited)
James B. Douglas ... French's Subordinate (uncredited)
Bill Edwards ... Col. Kendall J. Fielder - Short's Intelligence Officer (uncredited)
Dick Fair ... Lt. Col. Carrol A. Powell - Radar Officer #1 (unconfirmed) (uncredited)

Jamie Farr ... Multiple Characters (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Japanese Ambassador Kichisaburo Nomura (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Charles Gilbert ... Lt. Col. William H. Murphy - Radar Officer #2 (uncredited)
Hisashi Igawa ... Lt. Mitsuo Matsuzaki - Fuchida's Pilot (uncredited)
Robert Karnes ... Maj. John H. Dillon - Knox's Aide (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Civilian Official Seated at Meeting Table (uncredited)

Randall Duk Kim ... Tadao - Japanese Messenger Boy (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Berry Kroeger ... U.S. Army General (uncredited)
Akira Kume ... Katsuzo Okumura - Embassy Officer at Typewriter (uncredited)
Dan Leegant ... George Street - RCA Honolulu District Manager (unconfirmed) (uncredited)

Ken Lynch ... Rear Adm. John H. Newton - USS Lexington (uncredited)
Eitaro Matsuyama ... Cook #2 (Japanese version only) (uncredited)
Mitch Mitchell ... Col. Walter C. Phillips - Short's Chief of Staff (uncredited)
Hideo Murota ... Japanese Pilot (uncredited)
Steve Pendleton ... Destroyer Captain (uncredited)

Charlie Picerni ... Burning Sailor (uncredited)
Walter Reed ... Vice Adm. William S. Pye (uncredited)
John Henry Russell ... Radio Operator with Kaminsky (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Dan Savino ... Sailor (uncredited)
Robert Shayne ... Cmdr. William H. Buracker - Halsey's Operations Officer (uncredited)
Edward Sheehan ... Brig. Gen. Howard C. Davidson - CO 14th Pursuit Wing (uncredited)
Tommy Splittgerber ... Ed Klein - Honolulu Telegraph Operator (uncredited)

G.D. Spradlin ... Cmdr. Maurice E. Curts - Kimmel's Communications Officer (uncredited)
Hiroshi Tom Tanaka ... Japanese Midget Submarine Crewman (uncredited)
Larry Thor ... Maj. Gen. Frederick L. Martin (uncredited)

George Tobias ... Captain on Flight Line at Hickam Field (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Officer at Signing of Pact (uncredited)
Bob Turnbull ... Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Harlan Warde ... Brig. Gen. Leonard T. Gerow (uncredited)
Meredith 'Tex' Weatherby ... Ambassador Joseph C. Grew (uncredited)

David Westberg ... Ens. Edgar M. Fair - USS California (uncredited)
Bruce Wilson ... Pvt. Joseph Lockard - Opana Point (uncredited)
Bill Zuckert ... Adm. James O. Richardson (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Fleischer 
Kinji Fukasaku (Japanese sequences)
Toshio Masuda (Japanese sequences)
 
Writing credits
Larry Forrester (screenplay) &
Hideo Oguni (screenplay) &
Ryûzô Kikushima (screenplay) (as Ryuzo Kikushima)

Gordon W. Prange (based on "Tora! Tora! Tora!")

Ladislas Farago (based on "The Broken Seal")

Akira Kurosawa  Japanese sequences (uncredited)

Produced by
Richard Fleischer .... producer
Keinosuke Kubo .... associate producer (Japanese episodes)
Otto Lang .... associate producer (Japanese episodes)
Masayuki Takagi .... associate producer (Japanese episodes)
Elmo Williams .... producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Film Editing by
Pembroke J. Herring 
Shinya Inoue  (as Inoue Chikaya)
James E. Newcom 
 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Taizô Kawashima  (as Taizoh Kawashima)
Yoshirô Muraki  (as Yoshiro Muraki)
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Norman Rockett 
Walter M. Scott 
Carl Biddiscombe (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Layne Britton .... makeup artist
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup supervisor (as Dan Striepeke)
 
Production Management
William Eckhardt .... unit production manager
Stanley Goldsmith .... unit production manager (as Stanley H. Goldsmith)
Masao Namikawa .... unit production manager
Jack Stubbs .... unit production manager
Richard D. Zanuck .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Hall .... assistant director
Ray Kellogg .... second unit director
Hiroshi Nagai .... assistant director
Elliot Schick .... assistant director
Robert Enrietto .... second unit director: plane sequences (uncredited)
Shunsuke Kariya .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Tsukasa Kondo .... art crew (uncredited)
Ivan Martin .... construction supervisor (uncredited)
Joseph Musso .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Jack Senter .... assistant supervising art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James Corcoran .... sound recordist
Herman Lewis .... sound recordist
Theodore Soderberg .... sound recordist (as Ted Soderberg)
Murray Spivack .... sound recordist
Shin Watarai .... sound recordist
Douglas O. Williams .... sound recordist (as Doug Williams)
Don Hall .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A.D. Flowers .... mechanical effects
Johnny Borgese .... special effects (uncredited)
Greg C. Jensen .... special effects (uncredited)
Glen Robinson .... mechanical effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Art Cruickshank .... special photographic effects
Gail Brown .... miniature construction supervisor (uncredited)
Edward Hutton .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Howard Lydecker .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Lightning Bear .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Brutsche .... stunts (uncredited)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Everett Creach .... stunts (uncredited)
Vince Deadrick Sr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Chad Evans .... stunts (uncredited)
J. David Jones .... aerial stunts (uncredited)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (uncredited)
Rock A. Walker .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Osamu Furuya .... photographer: Japanese episodes (as Osami Furuya)
Shinsaku Himeda .... photographer: Japanese episodes (as Sinsaku Himeda)
Masamichi Satoh .... photographer: Japanese episodes
Charles F. Wheeler .... director of photography: American episodes
Mal Bulloch .... still photographer (uncredited)
David Butler .... cinematographer: second unit (uncredited)
Thomas Del Ruth .... assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Dave Friedman .... assistant camera (uncredited)
William Huffman .... gaffer (uncredited)
Tom Kerschner .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Doug Kirkland .... still photographer (uncredited)
Rexford L. Metz .... assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Sterling Smith .... still photographer (uncredited)
Jack Whitman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Tamotsu Yato .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Courtney Haslam .... wardrobe supervisor
Ed Wynigear .... wardrobe
Michael Butler .... set wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Brent Eldridge .... digital color correction (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestration
Robert Bain .... musician: samisen (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Gene Cipriano .... musician (uncredited)
Alexander Courage .... composer: Japanese music (uncredited)
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonard A. Engel .... supervising music editor (uncredited)
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... music copyist (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Billy May .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ted Nash .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
George Hamlin .... picture car coordinator: Washington (uncredited)
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jack Canary .... air operations
Kuranosuke Isoda .... technical advisor
Tsuyoshi Saka .... technical advisor
Kameo Sonokawa .... technical advisor
E.P. Stafford .... D.O.D. project officer and naval coordinator (as Commander E. P. Stafford USN)
Shizuo Takada .... technical advisor
Theodore Taylor .... production coordinator
Duane Toler .... script supervisor
Maurice Unger .... production coordinator
George Watkins .... air operations (as Capt. George Watkins USN)
Arthur P. Wildern Jr. .... air operations (as Lt. Col. Arthur P. Wildern Ret.)
Bill Benedict .... pilot: B-17 (uncredited)
Robert Buckhart .... technical advisor (uncredited)
George Burnette .... pilot: B-17 (uncredited)
Don Clark .... pilot: B-17 (uncredited)
Don Fletcher .... pilot: B-17 (uncredited)
Shigeru Fukutomi .... story consultant (uncredited)
Minoru Genda .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Bill Groomer .... pilot: B-17 (uncredited)
Davie Haines .... pilot: B-17 (uncredited)
Randee Lynne Jensen .... production assistant (uncredited)
Gaines Johnston .... production auditor (uncredited)
J. David Jones .... chief pilot (uncredited)
Allen Mosley .... pilot: B-17 (uncredited)
Gary Pylant .... pilot: B-17 (uncredited)
Dominic Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Konrad Schreier Jr. .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Hal Sherman .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Sam Steele .... pilot: B-17 (uncredited)
Jim Stumpf .... pilot: B-17 (uncredited)
Ted Taylor .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Yasuji Watanabe .... story consultant (uncredited)
B.H. Watson .... army affairs coordinator (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
144 min | Japan:149 min | UK:137 min | 160 min (Extended Japanese Edition 2009)
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Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints) | Mono (some 35 mm prints) | 4-Track Stereo (some 35 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G (DVD rating) | Australia:PG (cable rating) | Brazil:Livre | Finland:K-13 (Japanese release) (2009) | Finland:K-16 (original rating) (1970) | Finland:K-12 (re-rating) (1970) | Iceland:12 | Malaysia:PG-13 | Netherlands:14 (1970) | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 (1972) | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:15 | Taiwan:GP | UK:U | UK:PG (video rating: additional material, audio commentary: 313 min 57 sec) (2010) | UK:U (video rating) (1987) (1992) | USA:G (Approved No. 22330) | West Germany:16 (f)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Many of the replica Japanese planes were also used in the filming of Midway (1976), The Final Countdown (1980) and Pearl Harbor (2001).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When shown flying into Pearl Harbor a smallish piece of Plexiglas can be seen right above the pilot's head. In later scenes it is gone.See more »
Quotes:
Major Truman Landon:[trying to land amid heavy friendly flak] Tell those damn fools to stop shooting at us, we're Americans!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Shaft (1971)See more »
Soundtrack:
At LastSee more »

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75 out of 77 people found the following review useful.
A definite must for anyone who's curious about Pearl Harbor., 29 May 2001
Author: Rob Deschenes (kalibur@softhome.net) from Toronto, Ont. Canada

I will be completely honest with all of you, I saw this movie to prepare for the upcoming 2001 block buster, PEARL HARBOR. TORA! TORA! TORA! seemed the perfect choice. Recent movies these days depressed me, but thanks to TORA! (and Clint Eastwood 's HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER), my enjoyment in watching movies returned. TORA! is an absolutely excellent film packed with incredibly well done acting and emotion and an overall feeling that leaves you blown away. PEARL HARBOR has quite a bit to live up to after seeing this. The special effects produced in TORA! are completely out of this world (even after thirty years!). More credit goes to how well documented this story goes. The Americans and Japanese did a tremendously exceptional job of recreating the entire events leading up to and including the Pearl Harbor attack. Being a Canadian, I was confused a couple years ago when the local paper announced that the number two (of the top 100) event of the 1900's was the attack on Pearl Harbor. I completely understand now and quite frankly am amazed at how both sides felt throughout the entire ordeal.

Simply put, TORA! TORA! TORA! deals with all the events, mistakes (both minor and MAJOR), people involved and attitudes leading up to and during the air raid on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Though not shown, we even have the general feeling of the U.S. President and the Japanese Emperor. Nothing is missed in this movie. It is as close to the actual depiction of Pearl Harbor you can get.

For 1970, the special effects are absolutely astonishing. Very little looks fake, and nothing looks over done (like many CGI effects do these days). When the first American battletanks are struck, the explosions are incredible. When the Zero crashes into the building, the explosion is eye catching. Everything is unbelievably excellent. The acting is also first rate, how the Americans handle the warnings of a Japanese attack (they're nuts) was supremely well laid out. How the Japanese carefully planned the attack on Pearl Harbor was frighteningly well thought out. Next credit must go to the music. Jerry Goldsmith has to be one of the greatest composers of all time. The suspense created on the morning of December 7 just before the attack is still hair chilling thirty years later. Nothing seems to be wrong with TORA! except the fact that it is a little too long. A couple times, I was hoping that the attack would just begin and get over with. My patience quickly subsided with that music score and with the Emperor's poem. Very little is wrong with TORA! TORA! TORA!. It is a definite must see for anyone curious about how war works, how mistakes are made and how people respond to such attacks.

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