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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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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
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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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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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Der letzte Countdown  »

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SEK 2,722,598 (Sweden)
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The Zeros and b/w Pearl Harbor attack footage were reused from Tora, Tora, Tora! See more »

Goofs

When the helicopter that brings Mr. Lasky aboard circles the ship, there are aircraft parked at the rear of the ship obscuring the landing area, yet once the helicopter lifts off after dropping Mr. Lasky off on the ship, the captain orders the air boss to "continue fixed-wing recovery". This would not have been possible with those parked planes in the way, and there's too short a time between when the chopper gets clear and when Commander Owens' plane lands to move the planes on the deck. Furthermore, if they had been in the process of landing planes when Lasky arrived, those planes would have already been out of the way to begin with. 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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A armed nuke warship transcends time and space to go along with historical events or be their salvation!

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN at times presents a doctoral thesis of sorts on the perils of time and space and alterations with events supposedly set in stone. Armed with a all star cast, COUNTDOWN gives audiences a family tale of time and space and adventure. The film fails to give the audience what it is promised in trailers and posters, a conflict between a lone united states nuclear carrier and the entire japanese pearl harbor attack force. Yet, this is a fine picture with some fine acting moments unusual to this genre. During the film the carrier swept to DEC. 6, 1941 takes a evasive stance while the crew and commander try to decide whether to alter history..yet, if they alter history will their ship even be made? Will they die once the paradox begins? Will the abortive theme FROM HERE TO ETERNITY love story work out? These questions and more are answered in a award winning PG film from the director of ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES, the star of SPARTACUS, a effects team behind the 007 opening montages and the producer of THE TOXIC AVENGER. The film may suprise you. Recommended for fans of THE PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT and THE TIME MACHINE. Limited distribution, and poor advertising hindered this film which found a audience on tv and on video.


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