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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Alvin Ing ...
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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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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Trapped outside the boundaries of time and space... 102 aircraft... 6,000 men... all missing. See more »

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Action | Sci-Fi

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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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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 »

Goofs

As the E2 is preparing for takeoff the plane director gives the pilot the hand signal to extend flaps (previously submitted). The next shot shows the wings extending. The next shot shows the plane director giving the hand signal to extend the wings. See more »

Quotes

[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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A classic science fiction time travel paradox flick.
16 June 2004 | by (Bolingbrook, IL) – See all my reviews

This is a really great fun film that deals with some of the aspects of time travel into the past. If one does anything to alter the past while there, what will be the effects on the future you knew? No hint of an explanation is give as to what could have caused the, I guess you could call it, 'time storm.' But the film does have has some very interesting twists and a cool ending. Not only that, but the flight sequences of the F-15s and the dogfights between them and Mitsubishi Zeros are just plain fun (from a modern day American perspective). Someone said that they are the best shots of an F-15 in action prior to Top Gun. Ever since I was a youngster, I wondered what would happen if you could transport a battleship or aircraft carrier back to say, the Revolutionary War era. Final Countdown comes about as close to playing with that idea as I expect to see.


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