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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Admiral Husband E. Kimmel
... Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (as Soh Yamamura)
... General Walter C. Short
... Henry L. Stimson
... Commander Minoru Genda
... Colonel Rufus S. Bratton
... Lt. Commander Fuchida
... Admiral William F. Halsey
... Admiral Chuici Nagumo (as Eijiro Tono)
... Lt. Commander Alvin D. Kramer
Shôgo Shimada ... Ambassador Kichisaburo Nomura (as Shogo Shimada)
... Lt. Commander Thomas
Koreya Senda ... Prince Fumimaro Konoye
... Frank Knox
Jun Usami ... Admiral Zengo Yoshida (as Junya Usami)
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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

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Action | Drama | History | War

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Release Date:

23 September 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Тора! Тора! Тора!  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,085 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$29,548,291
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Runtime:

| (Extended Japanese Edition 2009)

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(Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)| (some 35 mm prints)| (some 35 mm prints)

Color:

(DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

It was common at the time for Japan to strike before an official declaration of war was delivered. The American leaders were aware of this, and expected an attack to come before war was declared, but were still surprised by the attack, because they didn't know when it would come. See more »

Goofs

The film shows Cornelia Fort engaged in flight training in a Stearman "Yellow Peril" biplane. While her presence in the formation of attacking planes is accurate, she was flying in an Interstate Cadet monoplane that more resembled a Piper Cub. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Cmdr. Fuchida: It's the Nevada, she's making a run for the sea. If we sink her in the channel, the harbor will be blocked for months.
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Soundtracks

Chattanooga Choo Choo
Music by Harry Warren
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Superbly done
7 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

This film tells the story of the attack by the Japanese Navy on an unsuspecting Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The film is balanced insofar as it's perspective, being told from both the Japanese and American sides. The storyline begins pretty much with the decision by the Japanese government that, unless negotiations with the United States were to take a decidedly different direction, there would be no choice but to go to war. It then follows the planning of the attack by Admiral Yamamoto and his staff. Concurrently, it shows that the negotiations between the two countries was not going well at all (from the Japanese standpoint). Depicted are, sadly, the absolutely dreadful decisions made by the US Commanders at Pearl Harbor, the ignoring of evidence that an attack was imminent, the lack of coordination in communications that resulted in huge delays in receiving crucial information and, lastly, ignoring the incoming Japanese raiders after they were spotted on American radar on their way in. The actual bombing and combat footage is very well done. The acting is superb by the entire stellar cast. Overall, if you want to know how a tragic event came to be, this film will explain it. It is historically mostly correct, although some artistic license was taken, for sure. Overall, an excellent production!


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