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Director:
Writers:
Thomas Hunter (story) &
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Release Date:
1 August 1980 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Trapped outside the boundaries of time and space... 102 aircraft... 6,000 men... all missing. See more »
Plot:
A modern aircraft carrier is thrown back in time to 1941 near Hawaii, just hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
When the Propmaster is the Chief of Naval Operations See more (137 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Kirk Douglas ... Capt. Matthew Yelland

Martin Sheen ... Warren Lasky

Katharine Ross ... Laurel Scott

James Farentino ... Cdr. Richard Owens / Mr.Tideman

Ron O'Neal ... Cdr. Dan Thurman

Charles Durning ... Senator Samuel Chapman
Victor Mohica ... Black Cloud
James Coleman ... Lt. Perry (as James C. Lawrence)

Soon-Tek Oh ... Simura (as Soon-Teck Oh)
Joe Lowry ... Cdr. Damon

Alvin Ing ... Lt. Kajima
Mark Thomas ... Marine Cpl. Kullman
Harold Bergman ... Bellman

Dan Fitzgerald ... Navy Doctor

Lloyd Kaufman ... LCdr. Kaufman

Peter Douglas ... Quartermaster
Ted Richert ... Tideman's Assistant
George Warren ... Tideman's Bodyguard

Gary Morgan ... Helicopter Crewman
Phil Philbin ... Admiral
Robert Goodman ... Enlisted Man
Richard Liberty ... LCdr. Moss

Neil Ronco ... Harvey
Bill Couch ... Durrell (as William Couch)

Jack McDermott ... Wynn
Masayuki Yamazuki ... Togawa
George H. Strohsahl Jr. ... Air Boss
Ronald R. Stoops ... Navigator
Kenneth J. Jaskolski ... Assistant Air Boss
Sergei M. Kowalchik ... Crewman
Jake Dennis ... Helicopter Pilot
Jim Toone ... Helicopter Co-Pilot
Edward J. Deats ... Chief
Robert L. Huffman ... Radio Officer
James R. Augustus ... Jr. Officer Of The Deck
Sam P. Baldwin ... Lee Helmsman
Ronnie J. Ellis ... Captain's Aide
Timothy W. Gersbacher ... Enlisted Man
Wayne L. Flesher ... Enlisted Man
William S. Frost ... Enlisted Man
David H. Signor ... Enlisted Man
Tommy Abel ... USS Nimitz Crew
Andrew Akerson ... USS Nimitz Crew
Edward Andrews ... USS Nimitz Crew
Nick L. Anelli ... USS Nimitz Crew
Frank R. Arko ... USS Nimitz Crew
Emory W. Brown ... USS Nimitz Crew
Michael K. Balint ... USS Nimitz Crew
James Bulick ... USS Nimitz Crew
Andris Dambekaln ... USS Nimitz Crew
John T. Davis ... USS Nimitz Crew
Michael A. Davis ... USS Nimitz Crew
James A. Dennis Jr. ... USS Nimitz Crew
Frank D. Ramio ... USS Nimitz Crew (as Frank DiRamio)
Jerry D. Elliott ... USS Nimitz Crew
Richard Farrell ... USS Nimitz Crew
James W. Huston ... USS Nimitz Crew (as James W. Houston)
Richard M. Johnson ... USS Nimitz Crew
Ronald Kissel ... USS Nimitz Crew
Michael J. Kubat ... USS Nimitz Crew
Raymond P. Langley ... USS Nimitz Crew
Eric Lofquist ... USS Nimitz Crew
Kermit L. McCorble ... USS Nimitz Crew
Robert K. Miller ... USS Nimitz Crew
William H. Miller ... USS Nimitz Crew
Gerry Mountcastle ... USS Nimitz Crew
William McCluskey ... USS Nimitz Crew
Alan Mullen ... USS Nimitz Crew
Charles F. Myers ... USS Nimitz Crew
Jeffery L. Myers ... USS Nimitz Crew
Randy M. Olin ... USS Nimitz Crew
David F. Person ... USS Nimitz Crew
Raymond M. Reynaud ... USS Nimitz Crew
Daniel C. Rockwell ... USS Nimitz Crew
Francis Ross ... USS Nimitz Crew
Trevor R. Sandison ... USS Nimitz Crew
Gregory T. Swarney ... USS Nimitz Crew
Andrey Swystun ... USS Nimitz Crew
Christopher V. Totis ... USS Nimitz Crew
Mark Trenor ... USS Nimitz Crew
Brian Tyndall ... USS Nimitz Crew
Peter D. Vogt ... USS Nimitz Crew
David Wanamaker ... USS Nimitz Crew
Stephen G. Weaver ... USS Nimitz Crew
Jan P. Werson ... USS Nimitz Crew
Steven G. Williams ... USS Nimitz Crew
Aaron B. Wilson ... USS Nimitz Crew
Michael Wilson ... USS Nimitz Crew
David E. Young ... USS Nimitz Crew
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Jacobus ... Pilot / Crew (uncredited)
Benjamin Sarmiento ... USS Nimitz Crew (uncredited)

Directed by
Don Taylor 
 
Writing credits
Thomas Hunter (story) &
Peter Powell (story) and
David Ambrose (story)

David Ambrose (screenplay) &
Gerry Davis (screenplay) and
Thomas Hunter (screenplay) &
Peter Powell (screenplay)

Produced by
Peter Douglas .... producer (as Peter Vincent Douglas)
Lloyd Kaufman .... associate producer
Richard R. St. Johns .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
John Scott 
 
Cinematography by
Victor J. Kemper (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert K. Lambert 
 
Production Design by
Fernando Carrere 
 
Set Decoration by
Dennis Peebles 
 
Costume Design by
Ray Summers 
 
Makeup Department
Irving Buchman .... makeup artist
Romaine Greene .... hair stylist
Bob Mills .... makeup supervisor
Bob Mills .... special makeup designer
 
Production Management
John W. Hyde .... executive in charge of production
Lloyd Kaufman .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
J. David Jones .... second unit director (as David Jones)
Pat Kehoe .... first assistant director
Robert K. Lambert .... second unit director
Mark McGann .... assistant director trainee
Ed Milkovich .... second assistant director
Douglas E. Wise .... second assistant director (as Doug Wise)
 
Art Department
Robert Boettcher .... assistant property master (as Bob Boettcher)
Kent H. Johnson .... property master (as Kent Johnson)
Nikita Knatz .... production illustrator
Dale Koeppe .... assistant art director
William Maldonado .... construction coordinator
 
Sound Department
Richard L. Anderson .... sound effects editor
Bruce Bisenz .... sound mixer
Robert Crosby .... boom operator (as Robert Crosby Jr.)
Stephen Hunter Flick .... sound effects editor (as Stephen Flick)
Warren Hamilton Jr. .... sound effects editor
Alan Howarth .... special sound effects (as Alan S. Howarth)
David J. Kimball .... re-recording mixer
Robert J. Litt .... re-recording mixer
Mark A. Mangini .... sound effects editor (as Mark Mangini)
Robert Nichols II .... sound recordist
Norman B. Schwartz .... dialogue supervisor
Howard S. Wollman .... re-recording mixer
Richard L. Anderson .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Joe Day .... special effects
Garry Elmendorf .... special effects (as Gary Elmendorf)
Pat Elmendorf .... special effects
Doug Hubbard .... special effects (uncredited)
Peter Jaques .... producer: special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Jim Allsop .... optical technician
Maurice Binder .... special visual effects
Maurice Binder .... storm sequence
Tom Pullinger .... optical editor
Louie Schwartzberg .... time lapse special effects (as Louis Schwartzberg)
Marv Ystrom .... optical effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bill Couch .... stunt coordinator
Orwin C. Harvey .... stunt double (as Orwin Harvey)
Colby Smith .... stunt double
J. David Jones .... aerial stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David L. Butler .... director of photography: second unit
Jim Coe .... still photographer
Earl Gilbert .... gaffer
Rhio Haessig .... best boy
Robert Horne .... camera assistant (as Bob Horne)
Stan Lazan .... director of photography: second unit
Robert Marta .... camera assistant (as Bob Marta)
Gaylin P. Schultz .... key grip (as Gaylin Schultz)
Bernie Schwartz .... best boy
Robert C. Thomas .... camera operator (as Bob Thomas)
 
Casting Department
Dee Miller .... location casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cynthia Bales .... costumer
James W. Tyson .... costumer (as James Tyson)
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Leslie Dennis Bracken .... assistant editor (as Leslie Dennis)
Mike Dobie .... assistant editor (as Michael Dobie)
Robert K. Lambert .... post-production executive
Virgil A. Tanner .... color timer (as Virgil Tanner)
Tim Tobin .... assistant editor (as Timothy Tobin)
 
Music Department
George Craig .... music supervisor
Milton Lustig .... music editor
John Richards .... music mixer
Alan Howarth .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Frank 'Cat' Ballou .... transportation coordinator (as Frank 'Cat' Ballou)
 
Other crew
Lynn A. Aber .... script supervisor (as Lynn Aber)
Fred Baillie .... production assistant
Mike Batzler .... production assistant
Susan Becton .... secretary to the producer
Steven Bridges .... production assistant
Benjamin Bruce .... location coordinator
Judi Bunn .... second unit coordinator
Jack Casey .... unit publicist
Gerry Costello .... technical unit: Grumman
Michael Durant .... production assistant
Lyn J. Fink .... assistant production coordinator (as Lyn Fink)
Gary Gero .... animal trainer
Tony Gittelson .... location coordinator
William S. Graves .... technical advisor: U.S. Navy (as Capt. William S. Graves USN)
B.J. Johnson .... location coordinator
Douglas J. Kenny .... location assistant (as Doug Kenny)
Rob Mays .... production assistant
Jim McMahon .... location auditor
Richard C. Milligan .... technical advisor: Grumman (as Richard Milligan)
Bruce Montgomery .... technical unit: Grumman
Kate Morris .... production administrator
Pat Moseman .... production secretary
Florence Nerlinger .... production coordinator
Richard R. St. Johns .... presenter
Tony Tenreiro .... technical unit: Grumman
Clair Ward .... production assistant
Mark Winter .... location assistant
Boots Hart .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"U.S.S. Nimitz: Lost in the Pacific" - Europe (English title) (DVD box title)
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Runtime:
103 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-12 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:6 (TV version) (cut) | Norway:15 (DVD rating) | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:12 (re-rating) (1982) (cut) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:A (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2002) (2006) | UK:PG (video rating: cut by 6 sec) (1986) | USA:PG | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The sailors on the carrier are playing a board war game by Avalon Hill called "Squad Leader".See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The Nimitz crew intercepted some radio transmissions from the Japanese Imperial Navy ships. But this would have never happened because the Japanese Imperial Navy kept a very strict radio silence in order to avoid detection before the Pearl Harbor attack.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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39 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
When the Propmaster is the Chief of Naval Operations, 15 April 2004

Making a military movie without official cooperation can be difficult. If the story doesn't require major air or naval assets, a script disapproved of by the top brass can be convincingly brought to the screen. Two examples - both true stories that the Pentagon didn't want to support - are "Men of Honor" reflecting the epidemic racism of the not-that-long-ago Navy and "Sgt. Bilko," a film portraying what some noncoms do to earn extra income (trust me, it's a true story: a real Sgt. Bilko worked (officially but not actually) for me when I was an Army officer.

But when you need lots of planes and ships, you gotta have official help. And few movies have gotten more assistance than the producer, director and cast of "The Final Countdown," now available on DVD,a sci-fi recruiting spectacular that features - on loan at taxpayer expense - the huge carrier U.S.S. Nimitz complete with crew. Now that's cooperation!

Kirk Douglas skippers the supercarrier which is on Pacific Fleet maneuvers. On board as some sort of efficiency consultant is a young Martin Sheen, not yet ready for the West Wing. A mysterious and never explained weather phenomenon grips the mighty floating air base and to the unfolding amazement of captain, officers and crew dawns the realization that the Nimitz in sailing not that far from Pearl Harbor on 6 December 1941.

Meanwhile a U.S. senator, played by one of Hollywood's deservedly decorated war heroes, Charles Durning, is enjoying his yacht, also near Pearl, while dictating to his lovely secretary, Katharine Ross. A brace of Japanese Zeroes sink the yacht, killing two passengers which then prompts the carrier C.O. to order trailing F-14 Tomcats to "splash" the "enemy." Durning and Ross are rescued. Without a word, this talented actor's face does a comical double-take when introduced to the ship's executive officer who just happens to be black (in 1941 a black navy man could only serve as a steward in the officers mess. That was it. Period.)

The dilemma facing Douglas, of course, is a classic time-travel conundrum. To interfere with the course of history (the carrier's air wing can make instant teriyaki of the six Japanese carriers) or to let events take their known and disastrous course.

A chaste incipient romance between the nearly drowned damsel and the carrier's Commander Air Group competes with the white knuckle decision-making struggle of the C.O.

So much for the plot. What is on offer here is a demonstration of every aircraft type, fixed-wing and rotary, deployed on the vessel as well as demonstrations of shipboard activities ranging from retrieving a damaged jet to going to General Quarters to...you name it. The technical advisers knew they had a film crew pliant to every suggestion. The result is a genuinely exciting show- a great warship going through its paces. And, unlike "Tora Tora Tora" it doesn't appear that any genuine sailors were harmed in the making of the movie.

There's one big problem. A science fiction story is usually utterly improbable, indeed impossible, but its internal logic is vital: it must be consistent. Spielberg understands that very well. Watch the first couple of minutes when Sheen is greeted by his employer's lackey and the last minutes when he debarks from the Nimitz. Something is very, very off-kilter. Could the CEO of a great military-industrial conglomerate have used top secret technology to send the carrier back to 1941 for...

So what. This is a beautifully filmed adventure story, not a great film. The cast probably relished taking over the carrier for a while and the real captain, never shown, surely wished that the Navy hadn't banned hard spirits from our ships in World War I. But all emerge unscathed in a genuinely entertaining romp through time.

8/10

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