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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 surprise attack 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

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From 20th Century Fox. The most spectacular film ever made. See more »

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Action | Drama | History | War

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The woman giving the flying lesson as the Japanese approach Pearl Harbor is based on the real-life Cornelia Fort, who was 22 at the time. Fort's plane, an Interstate Cadet, was chased and strafed during the attack while landing at a nearby civilian airport with a student on board. Fort later joined the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Service. In March 1943, she died in a mid-air collision near Abilene, Texas, the first WAFS pilot to die on active duty. See more »

Goofs

In the movie, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, talking about Japan's chances in a war with America, says "If we must, we can raise havoc with them for a year... after that, I can guarantee nothing." In real life, he said "I can run wild for six months... after that, I have no expectation of success." See more »

Quotes

General Short: We're going on alert. Right now.
Maj. Gordon A. Blake - Hickam Field Operations Officer: Again, sir? But the men are confused, sir.
General Short: Well, dammit, un-confuse them!
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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

Featured in History Buffs: Tora! Tora! Tora! (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

At Last
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the cocktail party on Saturday night, Dec. 6.
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How It All Began
18 February 2003 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

This is one of my favorite war films. What makes it so great is that just like "The Longest Day" this film looks at the events that led up to and during one of the most momentous moments in the history of not only this country, but Japan as well. I also loved the acting in it. Martin Balsam and Jason Robards should have been nominated for their performances as Admiral Kimmel and General Short, respectively. Also, I wonder how much different it would have been if Akira Kurosawa had directed the Japanese scenes as he originally was supposed to. I also wonder if the fact that it dealt with one of the darker chapters in American history had something to to with its poor box office showing on this side of the Pacific (ironically, it was a box office smash in Japan). However, it is still a great film and I especially loved it at the end when Yamamoto made his famous comment "I fear we have awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with terrible resolve." How right he was.


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