The Final Countdown (1980)

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


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 <>

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On December 7, 1980 --- The nuclear carrier USS Nimitz disappeared in the Pacific...and reappeared December 7, 1941...the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour See more »


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Der letzte Countdown  »

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SEK 2,722,598 (Sweden)

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Filmed during the Nimitz' Sep 1979-May 1980 cruise. Squadrons aboard the Nimitz at the time included VF-41 and VF-84 (F-14A Tomcats), VA-35 (A-6E Intruder), VA-82 and VA-86 (A-7E Corsair II), VFP-63 (RF-8G Crusader), VAQ-134 (EA-6B Prowler), VS-24 (S-3A Viking), VAW-112 (E-2B Hawkeye), and HS-9 (SH-3H Sea King). All squadrons get time on film. Other Navy aircraft types briefly seen include a North American/Rockwell RA-5C Vigilante when Lasky's helicopter is taking off in the movie's beginning (Tailcode code "GJ" is visible on it, which designates it as assigned to Reconnaissance Heavy Attack Squadron Three (RVAH-3) operating out of Naval Air Station Key West, Florida) and an F-4 Phantom II is on the Nimitz' flight deck when the Crusader is recovered following its reconnaissance mission (Markings can't be made out on it). See more »


The pictures of Pearl Harbor supposedly taken by the Nimitz's reconnaissance aircraft are identical to historical photos of the attack, including torpedo splashes in the water, even though the photos are supposed to have been taken hours before the attack. See more »


[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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Saw it during my Carrier days...
12 July 2002 | by (West Lafayette, Indiana) – See all my reviews

I saw this in the theater when it first came out. I was stationed onboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) while it was being overhauled at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wa. I loved every minute of this film.

I know that this will sound trite and maudlin, but I remember going up on the flightdeck one morning after working the night shift, shortly after I saw this film. The USS Bonhomme Richard was at the pier near us- painted with zinc, all closed up, its gunmounts covered, doorways sealed-up, bridge windows shuttered, its flightdeck silent save for the screeching of seagulls. Looking at that old wooden-decked warhorse through the rain and mist, I felt a new appreciation for it and the other vessels in mothballs.

I felt as if I were looking through time itself.

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