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Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

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In 1941, following months of economic embargo, Japan prepares to open its war against the United States with a preventive strike on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor.

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Larry Forrester (screenplay), Hideo Oguni (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Balsam ... Admiral Husband E. Kimmel
Sô Yamamura ... Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
Jason Robards ... General Walter C. Short
Joseph Cotten ... Henry L. Stimson
Tatsuya Mihashi ... Commander Minoru Genda
E.G. Marshall ... Colonel Rufus S. Bratton
Takahiro Tamura ... Lt. Commander Fuchida
James Whitmore ... Admiral William F. Halsey
Eijirô Tôno ... Admiral Chuici Nagumo (as Eijiro Tono)
Wesley Addy ... Lt. Commander Alvin D. Kramer
Shôgo Shimada ... Ambassador Kichisaburo Nomura
Frank Aletter ... Lt. Commander Thomas
Koreya Senda ... Prince Fumimaro Konoye
Leon Ames ... Frank Knox
Jun Usami Jun Usami ... Admiral Zengo Yoshida
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Storyline

This dramatic retelling of the Pearl Harbor attack details everything in the days that led up to that tragic moment in American history. As United States and Japanese relations strain over the U.S. embargo of raw materials, Air Staff Officer Minoru Genda (Tatsuya Mihashi) plans the preemptive strike against the United States. Although American intelligence agencies intercept Japanese communications hinting at the attack, they are unwilling to believe such a strike could ever occur on U.S. soil. Written by Jwelch5742

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The incredible attack on Pearl Harbor as told from both the American and Japanese sides. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | History | War

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

23 September 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tora! Tora! Tora! See more »

Filming Locations:

Ashiya, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Extended Japanese Edition 2009)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)| Mono (some 35 mm prints)| 4-Track Stereo (some 35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is believed to be the first major Hollywood production to be distributed on Fujicolor release prints. See more »

Goofs

The USS Oklahoma switches back and forth from being completely upside-down with only her hull above water to being half-capsized, many times in the attack sequence. In fact, the film ends with the Oklahoma only partially capsized, while earlier in the film, she had already completely 'turned turtle' once. Furthermore, real photographs of the Oklahoma after it had capsized show her hull very low in the water with only one propeller partially out of the water, while in the film, the capsized battleship seems to be quite high over the water. See more »

Quotes

[Admiral Stark is reading through the final part of the Japanese diplomatic ultimatum at his desk with Kramer, McCollum, Wilkinson, and two other officers]
Captain Arthur H. McCollum: Sir, the fourteenth part of this intercept which Kramer just delivered, indicates to me that the Japanese are going to attack.
Admiral Harold R. Stark: None of us doubt that war is coming. We know they have an expeditionary force heading south.
Rear Admiral Theodore S. Wilkinson: Sir, as hostilities seem imminent, may I recommend that you telephone Admiral Kimmel... in Hawaii.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The 20th Century Fox logo does not appear on this film. See more »

Alternate Versions

Original video versions removed the intermission, (between the close-up of a desk calendar showing Dec. 7 and the Japanese beginning to launch planes.) The 1998 video release restores the intermission. The widescreen version prints all subtitles (Japanese translation, character titles) below the screen in the bottom black bar. See more »

Connections

Edited into From Here to Eternity (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Chattanooga Choo Choo
Music by Harry Warren
Played at the dance
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User Reviews

If you really want to know what happened...
10 June 2001 | by mermattSee all my reviews

...see this film.

Whether you want to waste time seeing Brucheimer and Bay's self-indulgently long PEARL HARBOR with its totally extraneous fictional romance -- that's up to you. But whether you see it or not, the real history of the human stupidity on both sides of the Pacific that created the attack is clearly portrayed in TORA! TORA! TORA!

The new DVD edition has insightful commentary by the director plus a documentary about the attack. This film is tensely paced and displays and excellent cast. The Jerry Goldsmith score is kept to a minimum but is very effective. The special FX for the attack are all the more impressive considering they were done before the advent of computer generated FX such as those in PEARL HARBOR -- and they equal those of PEARL HARBOR.

If you want to know the real story, see this film and then also check out the companion stories in FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, DESTINATION TOKYO, and THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO.


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