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16 November 1978 (USA) See more »
Fierce. Unexpected. The day that changed everything.
The lives of several personnel and residents at and around the Pearl Harbor naval base are changed forever on December 6, 1941. Full summary »
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User Reviews:
Sappy, But Entertaining Miniseries See more (11 total) »


 (Series Cast [59])

Angie Dickinson ... Midge Forrest (3 episodes, 1978)

Dennis Weaver ... Col. Jason Forrest (3 episodes, 1978)

Robert Wagner ... Capt. Cal Lankford (3 episodes, 1978)

Lesley Ann Warren ... Dr. Carol Lang (3 episodes, 1978)

Tiana Alexandra ... Holly Nagata (3 episodes, 1978)

Gregg Henry ... Lt. (j.g.) Doug North (3 episodes, 1978)

Katherine Helmond ... Mrs. Sally Colton, Madam (3 episodes, 1978)

Adam Arkin ... Pvt. Billy Zylowski (3 episodes, 1978)

Brian Dennehy ... Sgt. Otto Chain (3 episodes, 1978)

Max Gail ... 1st Sgt. Walder (3 episodes, 1978)
Char Fontane ... Shirley (3 episodes, 1978)

Audra Lindley ... Lily - General's Wife (3 episodes, 1978)

Richard Anderson ... Cmdr. Michael North (3 episodes, 1978)

Marion Ross ... Ellie North (3 episodes, 1978)

Allan Miller ... Harrison (3 episodes, 1978)
Christian Vance ... Pvt. John Finger (3 episodes, 1978)

Mary Crosby ... Patricia North (3 episodes, 1978)
Charles Lucia ... Lt. Christopher (3 episodes, 1978)

David Elliott ... GMSN Cerruti (3 episodes, 1978)
John Fitzgibbons ... Looper (3 episodes, 1978)
Les Lannom ... Chief Looper (3 episodes, 1978)
Joseph Campanella ... Narrator (3 episodes, 1978)
Mike Miyashiro ... Cpl. Danny Nagata (3 episodes, 1978)
Seth Sakai ... Mr. Nagata (3 episodes, 1978)
Marik Yamoto ... Mrs. Mioko Nagata (3 episodes, 1978)
Elizabeth Smith ... Mrs. Lihuha (3 episodes, 1978)
Ben Cassidy ... The General (3 episodes, 1978)
Fred Stromsoe ... Cpl. Perkins (3 episodes, 1978)
John A. Lewis ... Donny (3 episodes, 1978)
Barbara Kelly ... Wife #1 (3 episodes, 1978)
Molly Mannix ... Waitress (3 episodes, 1978)
Kathy Stamos ... Wife #2 (3 episodes, 1978)
Kathy Lukather ... Wife #3 (3 episodes, 1978)
Lawrence T. Zerkel ... Lieutenant (3 episodes, 1978)
Moe Keale ... Sergeant (3 episodes, 1978)
Don Rockwell ... Cpl. Stroke (3 episodes, 1978)
Bill Edwards ... Dr. Begeham (3 episodes, 1978)
Fred Ball ... FBI Man #2 (3 episodes, 1978)
George P. Wilbur ... Marine Sergeant (3 episodes, 1978)
Tom Howse ... Soldier #1 (3 episodes, 1978)
Alan Hathaway ... Soldier #2 (3 episodes, 1978)

Russell Wiggins ... Soldier #3 (3 episodes, 1978)
Tim Jefferies ... Pvt. Dobbs (3 episodes, 1978)
John Whitney ... The Doctor (3 episodes, 1978)
Valarie Ann Charles ... Nurse #1 (3 episodes, 1978)
Luceno Paahao ... Nurse #2 (3 episodes, 1978)
Marjorie Reynolds ... Nurse #3 (3 episodes, 1978)
Tiffany Lynn ... Nurse #4 (3 episodes, 1978)
Edward McDonald ... MP Sergeant (3 episodes, 1978)
Robert Weaver ... Corporal (3 episodes, 1978)

Janice Ryan ... Wife #4 (3 episodes, 1978)
Debbie Gamble ... Young Wife (3 episodes, 1978)
Mike Senedecker ... Clerk Sergeant (3 episodes, 1978)
Tom Drews ... Radioman (3 episodes, 1978)
Al Litton ... Surgical Team Member (3 episodes, 1978)
Ron Nakahara ... RCA Motorcyclist Messenger (3 episodes, 1978)
Sandy Shirai ... Housekeeper (3 episodes, 1978)
Bob Cullifer ... MP Sergeant #2 (3 episodes, 1978)

Sô Yamamura ... Admiral Nagumo, commander of Japanese attack force (2 episodes, 1978)

Series Directed by
Hy Averback (3 episodes, 1978)
Alexander Singer (3 episodes, 1978)
Series Writing credits
Stirling Silliphant (3 episodes, 1978)

Series Produced by
Frank Konigsberg .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Sam Manners .... producer (unknown episodes)
Stirling Silliphant .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
John Addison (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Gayne Rescher (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Donald R. Rode (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
W. Stewart Campbell (unknown episodes)
Series Set Decoration by
Raphael Bretton (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alexander Singer .... second unit director (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Jerry Jacobson .... adr editor (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Larry Holt .... stunts (3 episodes, 1978)
Dick Warlock .... stunt performer (3 episodes, 1978)

Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Alan R. Disler .... first assistant camera "a" camera (3 episodes, 1978)
Eric Engler .... second assistant camera (3 episodes, 1978)
Series Other crew
Steve Hinton .... pilot (unknown episodes)
Stephanie Spangler .... location manager (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

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278 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The Japanese fleet scenes, along with much of the attack on Pearl Harbor itself, was borrowed footage from the 1970 movie, "Tora, Tora, Tora."See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited from Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)See more »


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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Sappy, But Entertaining Miniseries, 24 March 2003
Author: dragoneyez01 from USA

I remember watching this on the Family Channel (yes, the family channel) a long time ago when I was little. At the time I wasn't sure what I was watching, but I did like the movie. I had time to waste, and this wasted time while being entertaining. I've seen the miniseries at least five times since then, when it's be re-run on various cable channels.

Whichever TV channel broadcast this originally, put a lot of work into it. On location filming, many of the biggest stars of 70s, and good special effects. With all this money put into these parts of the movie, the plot is slightly thin and melodramatic, and they "borrow" many action scenes from 'Tora, Tora, Tora' (good movie, but much more boring than this miniseries).

Angie Dickinson plays the bitchy wife of a colonel (Dennis Weaver), who tries to have an affair with a southern captain (Robert Wagner), and ultimately is involved in an affair with a private. Lesley Ann Warren is a doctor who is saved from suicide by Wagner. A local journalist of Japanese origin (Tiana Alexandra) is involved with a private (Adam Arkin). There's also a load of notable B actors that you can recognize from other films. All of them find themselves under attack on their island paradise of Hawaii.

Angie Dickinson and Lesley Ann Warren are both really attractive, and contribute decent performances considering the thin plot. Wagner and Weaver are both okay too. A pre-ER Adam Arkin contributes a good performance. And Tiana Alexandra is really under-rated. Sadly she disappeared after this miniseries. The supporting cast are all good, also. The plot is thin, though. They send Angie off on a long taxi ride in the middle of the series. Most of the relationships are unrealistic. And some of the historical facts are skewed (for the most part, because we learned more about the occurrences at Pearl Harbor after this miniseries was made).

Overall, if you have six hours to waste, take a look at this. Over-dramatic, but entertaining. You want a more historically accurate movie, see 'Tora, Tora, Tora'. More interested in actors who are still making movies and computerized special effects, see the even sappier (and, in my opinion, horrible) 'Pearl Harbor'.

Rating: 7/10

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