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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 »
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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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Excellent, if not one of the best documentary style movies of all time, as told from both sides, of the event that plunged the United States into the Second World War. See more (153 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)
Lex Johnson ... Army officer standing behind meeting table (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)
Eitarô 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:
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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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Trivia:
Producer Elmo Williams' goal was to make this film as historically accurate as possible. To this end, after putting together an initial script, he sought out the services of the man regarded as the foremost authority on the attack on Pearl Harbor, Professor Gordon W. Prange. One of Dr. Prange's books, "Tora! Tora! Tora!" had been a huge bestseller in Japan had provided source material, and the title, for this film. Elmo Williams asked Dr. Prange to check the script scene by scene for accuracy. Dr. Prange made numerous corrections and suggestions.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The Officer of the Deck on USS Ward identifies the Antares as a tug. The USS Antares was actually a 12,000 ton cargo ship, but she was towing a 500 ton barge at the time depicted.See more »
Quotes:
Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto:Finally, gentlemen... many misinformed Japanese believe that America is a nation divided... isolationist... and that Americans are only interested in enjoying a life of luxury, and are spiritually and morally corrupt. But that is a great mistake. If war becomes inevitable, America would be the most formidable foe that we have ever fought. I've lived in Washington and studied at Harvard, so I know that the Americans are a proud and just people.See more »
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57 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Excellent, if not one of the best documentary style movies of all time, as told from both sides, of the event that plunged the United States into the Second World War., 7 December 2004
Author: grafspee from Australia

This movie reigns supreme over it's 2001 version Pearl Harbor which is really a fictional love story confined within a true conflict. Tora Tora Tora is based on actual events leading up to this avoidable tragedy, notably the bureaucratic bungling and complacency from the top down which allowed the Japanese attack to succeed.

Throughout this well done production, the story in true chronological sequence shifts between the two opposing sides with full subtitles giving the role played by each leading actor.

The viewer is given a clear concise unfolding of events with the part of the code-breakers importantly emphasized.

The attack is quite breathtaking in parts with several scenes closely resembling or being actual footage taken.

Ironically the breaking of the Japanese naval code by U.S. Intelligence gave the Americans every opportunity to correctly contemplate the next move of their adversary, but a desire for utmost secrecy by the Roosevelt Administration and the top brass of the Navy and Army restricted the transmission of clear and proper communications necessary for the Pearl Harbor commanders, Admiral Kimmel and General Short to make sound objective judgments regarding their respective commands.

Both men were treated shabbily by their superiors in the aftermath of the attack, were relieved of their command, and for decades thereafter had to endure the shame and responsibility placed on them in allowing this occurrence to happen.

This movie does a lot to exonerate them from their part in this terrible disaster.

P.S. I had the great honor of meeting bugler Richard Fiske personally, (USS West Virginia) with a colleague of mine when we visited Pearl Harbor in March 1997, (plus autograph),and had our photo taken with him. It is one of my enduring photos of this great sailor who gave his time unselfishly as a volunteer survivor, at the base, to give two second generation Australians the respect of knowing that we met a man who belonged to a nation which contributed to the success of winning the Pacific War.

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