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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The movie was used a recruiting drive for the US Navy with the maritime force sponsoring the picture's premiere whilst the film's movie poster was displayed in branch recruitment offices. See more »


F-14 Tomcats make quite a bit of noise when in flight. In fact, the people on board the yacht could hear them coming from quite a ways off when they made their initial I.D. pass. Later on, the people on the yacht can hear the Japanese Zeros approaching as well, even though these airplanes are much quieter than a jet fighter would be. The zeros strafe the yacht, come around again and strafe the people in the water, killing one of them. The F-14s were circling low and slow enough to witness all of this and report back to the Nimitz that they could see "3 Mae Wests" in the water, yet neither of the Japanese pilots noticed two other aircraft up there with them, and no one on the yacht was able to see or hear the F-14s until they do another fly over in pursuit of the Zeros. See more »


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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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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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