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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:
Larry Forrester (screenplay) &
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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)

User Reviews:
An underestimated epic See more (147 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 (as E. G. Marshall)

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)
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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 (as An Elmo Williams-Richard Fleischer Production)
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 recording
Herman Lewis .... sound recording
Theodore Soderberg .... sound recording (as Ted Soderberg)
Murray Spivack .... sound recording
Shin Watarai .... sound recording
Douglas O. Williams .... sound recording (as Doug Williams)
Don Hall .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A.D. Flowers .... mechanical effects (as A. D. Flowers)
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 (as L. B. Abbott)
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 .... photographed by: Japanese episodes (as Osami Furuya)
Shinsaku Himeda .... photographed by: Japanese episodes (as Sinsaku Himeda)
Masamichi Satoh .... photographed by: 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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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:
Continuity: The underwater shot of the minisub shows it being very closely trailed by a ship. The following establishing shot shows the minisub behind a ship, with a tow target behind the minisub.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!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
At LastSee more »

FAQ

Midwest Premiere Happened When & Where?
Did Japanese midget subs really attack Pearl Harbor before the air raid began?
Did US commanders really ignore radar reports of the Japanese air raid approaching?
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61 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
An underestimated epic, 27 February 2002
Author: the2belo (the2belo@wave-net.or.jp) from Gifu, Japan

I have not seen the movie _Pearl Harbor_; nor, for that matter, do I plan to. I do not personally care for films that warp an important historical event to suit a formulaic date-flick format (a certain travesty involving a big steamship comes immediately to mind). If I go to the movie theater to watch a historical account, then that's what I want to see. _Tora! Tora! Tora!_ is exactly that, and more; it very nearly puts you right in the middle of the conflagration.

It continues to be a source of total wonder for me that _Tora! Tora! Tora!_, a movie made nearly thirty-two years ago, is so expertly presented. The reason for this is twofold: usage of lesser-known character actors to keep plot distraction to a minimum, and the usage of vintage working ships and aircraft to keep the realism to a maximum. These two elements merge together to produce what amounts to a cameraman in a time machine filming the actual events on site.

Since this was a collaborative effort between both US and Japanese film studios, the numerous switches between scenes will give you a good look at the differences between directing (and acting) styles. I am constantly amazed at the boldness of the content for a film released in the US during the Vietnam War, and only 25 years after the Pearl Harbor attack itself; compared to the rather wooden Martin Balsam and Jason Robards, Takahiro Tamura's Lt. Commander Fuchida is replete with a charisma I would never have expected from The Enemy. The Japanese side of the tale is laid before you so well that one is sent into the minds of the people involved, a rarity for American war films. (Sometimes it goes a little bit over the edge -- Admiral Yamamoto's comment "I know [the Americans] are a proud and just people" is a mistranslation -- but the general mood is accurately conveyed overall.)

And then there is the beautiful and sometimes chilling scenery. The attack scenes themselves are eye-popping and brazen enough -- an awesome effort given the technology of the period -- but my personal favorite scene is the Japanese lead strike force's departure from their aircraft carrier. Those of you who purchase the DVD version of the movie should crank up the volume at this point. This is a piece of film that most probably can never be shot again: REAL aircraft flooring their REAL engines and taking flight from a REAL ship of war, against the backdrop of the early dawn, one after another, until the sky is alive with what looks like waves and waves of warplanes. Although the aircraft and ships used were modifed American stock, the flags, uniforms, and color schemes are all authentic... resulting in a spine-tingling spectacle of Japanese pilots plunging headlong into what was ultimately a disastrous mistake. They are depicted as human beings, as they should be.

It is an astoundingly accurate presentation of a dark moment in history for both the US and Japan, free of pretense, pandering to the audience, big-bucks megastars, lovey-dovey sappiness, and computer-generated pixels. You don't *need* any of these things to create a fantastic movie; all you need is history, which we all know is stranger -- and scarier, and more engaging -- than fiction. _Tora! Tora! Tora_ should be in every movie fan's library.

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