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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 overview, first billed only:
... Capt. Matthew Yelland
... Warren Lasky
... Laurel Scott
... Cdr. Richard Owens / Mr.Tideman
... Cdr. Dan Thurman
... Senator Samuel Chapman
Victor Mohica ... Black Cloud
James Coleman ... Lt. Perry (as James C. Lawrence)
... Simura (as Soon-Teck Oh)
Joe Lowry ... Cdr. Damon
... Lt. Kajima
Mark Thomas ... Marine Cpl. Kullman
Harold Bergman ... Bellman
... Navy Doctor
... LCdr. Kaufman
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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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On December 7, 1980 --- The nuclear carrier USS Nimitz disappeared in the Pacific...and reappeared December 6, 1941...the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour See more »

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Action | Sci-Fi

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1 August 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der letzte Countdown  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,647,800

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,647,800
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Trivia

Don Taylor previously directed Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), another science fiction film involving time travel. See more »

Goofs

The Sea King helicopter taking Laskey from Pearl Harbor to the Nimitz changes side-numbers as it passes the USS Arizona memorial. 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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Featured in Time Travel: Fact, Fiction and Fantasy (1985) See more »

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You Made Me Love You
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Written by James V. Monaco and Joseph McCarthy
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Great Film, would love to see even several times!
13 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film way back in college with my close classmates & friends in the aeronautical engineering field. Mind you that most of us love airplanes and during that time where plastic modellers. The excitement of watching this movie prove to be awesome for most of us during that time. We watch it again twice in a span of three weeks that it was shown in the theaters. In the later years, I saw it again in Laser Disc format and it still amaze me that time that I rented that title almost 10 times. The scenes of the carrier operations was the most fascinating scenes that I repeat viewing that specific part several times. As I discover in your web that it has been released this year in DVD format, I'll be waiting for it in the store to come out here in the Philippines. It is still one great movie that I will never forget. Remember Pearl Harbor as we remember Bataan and Corregidor, as brave Americans and Filipinos fought bravely in World War II.


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