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The Final Countdown (1980)

 -  Action | Sci-Fi  -  1 August 1980 (USA)
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A modern aircraft carrier is thrown back in time to 1941 near Hawaii, just hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Laurel Scott
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Cdr. Richard Owens / Mr.Tideman
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Cdr. Dan Thurman
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Senator Samuel Chapman
Victor Mohica ...
Black Cloud
James Coleman ...
Lt. Perry (as James C. Lawrence)
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Simura (as Soon-Teck Oh)
Joe Lowry ...
Cdr. Damon
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Lt. Kajima
Mark Thomas ...
Marine Cpl. Kullman
Harold Bergman ...
Bellman
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Navy Doctor
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LCdr. Kaufman
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Storyline

An American nuclear aircraft carrier and its crew are caught in a classic dilemma when a supernatural storm sends them back in time just before the Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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1 August 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der letzte Countdown  »

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SEK 2,722,598 (Sweden)
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The US Navy made a number of filming recommendations which were incorporated into the production shoot with a "B" crew becoming responsible for all the aerial aviation sequences. See more »

Goofs

When the XO is talking with the Chief about 'breaking the code', the unit the Chief is sitting in front of is a computer terminal, an early version of automated communications equipment, clearly noticeable by the red teletype tape above the monitor- it's an Baudot 8-level tape, not used for communications traffic (which used Baudot 5-level) for torn tape relay. The location is in a communications space, as evidenced by a fragment of a safe's red 'OPEN' label and, in the background, power panels trimmed in red paint (indicating power sources for equipment used in cryptographic operations). See more »

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[first lines]
F-14 Pilot: [voice over radio] Pearl Tower, Tomcat two-zero-zero. requesting clearance for departure runway zero-nine. Over.
Pearl Harbor Tower: [voice over radio] Two-zero-zero, Pearl Harbor Tower. You are cleared runway oh-niner. Winds zero-four-five at eight. SH-three approaching from the right. Have a nice day.
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Well Done!
25 January 2002 | by (Baltimore, MD) – See all my reviews

A man takes a strange trip with an aircraft carrier and lives an amazing nightmare with a bizarre twist. Time travel, moral sensibilities and harmful consequences are explored when the crew is confronted with a chance to change history. Trying to control the political impact of altering history, the captain makes a painful decision that ultimately leads to a happy ending. This one has sadness, irony and moments where ones wants to say, "how stupid can they get?" Overall, just a great Sci-Fi Thriller that will leave an impression.


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