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The Final Countdown (1980)

PG | | Action, Sci-Fi | 1 August 1980 (USA)
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

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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

In 1980, the assistant of the Department of Defense Warren Lasky is assigned by his mysterious chief Richard Tideman to visit the aircraft carrier USS Nimtz commanded by Capt. Matthew Yelland as an observer of the routines. Lasky finds that Wing Commander Richard T. Owens has a great knowledge of history. Out of the blue, the vessel faces a weird storm and they find that they have traveled back in time to the eve of the attack of Pearl Harbor on 06 December 1941. When the two Japanese Zeros attack the motorboat of Senator Samuel Chapman, the crew of the Nimitz rescues the senator and his assistant Laurel Scott. But sooner Lasky learns that the senator had disappeared on that day and Capt. Matthew Yelland is planning to attack the Japanese. Will these actions create a time paradox? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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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PG | See all certifications »

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1 August 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der letzte Countdown  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

In the mid 1980s the communist government banned the movie in Hungary, claiming it glorified the United States Armed Forces. However, some illegal copies were circulated on VHS with parts about the Russian trawler spying on the USS Nimitz edited out. See more »

Goofs

The barricade is rigged and raised before the Nimitz goes through the time storm for the first time. But in all the shots of the ship going through the storm and emerging from it until the A-7 actually lands in it, the barricade is not seen. 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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Connections

Referenced in Danger Zone: The Making of 'Top Gun' (2004) See more »

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Begin the Beguine
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Written by Cole Porter
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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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