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The Final Countdown ()


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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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Capt. Matthew Yelland
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Warren Lasky
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Laurel Scott
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Cdr. Richard Owens / Mr.Tideman
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Cdr. Dan Thurman
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Senator Samuel Chapman
Victor Mohica ...
Black Cloud
James Coleman ...
Lt. Perry (as James C. Lawrence)
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Simura (as Soon-Teck Oh)
Joe Lowry ...
Cdr. Damon
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Lt. Kajima
Mark Thomas ...
Marine Cpl. Kullman
Harold Bergman ...
Bellman
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Navy Doctor
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LCdr. Kaufman
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Quartermaster
Ted Richert ...
Tideman's Assistant
George Warren ...
Tideman's Bodyguard
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Helicopter Crewman
Phil Philbin ...
Admiral
Robert Goodman ...
Enlisted Man
Richard Liberty ...
LCdr. Moss
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Harvey
Bill Couch ...
Durrell (as William Couch)
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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:
Sam Beavers ...
USS Nimitz Crew (uncredited)
Jack Cruse ...
USS Nimitz Crew (uncredited)
Michael Jacobus ...
Pilot / USS Nimitz Crew (uncredited)
Rhiannon A. La Passioneria ...
Radio Operator (uncredited)
Benjamin Sarmiento ...
USS Nimitz Crew (uncredited)

Directed by

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Don Taylor

Written by

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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

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Peter Douglas ... producer (as Peter Vincent Douglas)
Lloyd Kaufman ... associate producer
Richard R. St. Johns ... executive producer
Kirk Douglas ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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John Scott

Cinematography by

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Victor J. Kemper ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Robert K. Lambert

Editorial Department

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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)

Production Design by

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Fernando Carrere

Set Decoration by

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Dennis W. Peeples ... (as Dennis Peebles)

Costume Design by

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Pam Summers
Ray Summers

Makeup Department

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Irving Buchman ... makeup artist
Romaine Greene ... hair stylist
Bob Mills ... makeup supervisor / special makeup designer

Production Management

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John W. Hyde ... executive in charge of production
Lloyd Kaufman ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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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

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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

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Richard L. Anderson ... sound effects editor / supervising sound 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
Samuel C. Crutcher ... sound effects editor (uncredited)
John Roesch ... foley artist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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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

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Jim Allsop ... optical technician
Maurice Binder ... special visual effects / storm sequence
Tom Pullinger ... optical editor
Louie Schwartzberg ... time lapse special effects (as Louis Schwartzberg)
Marv Ystrom ... optical effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Bill Couch ... stunt coordinator
Orwin C. Harvey ... stunt coach (as Orwin Harvey)
J. David Jones ... stunt coach
Colby Smith ... stunt double

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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Dee Miller ... location casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Cynthia Bales ... costumer
James W. Tyson ... costumer (as James Tyson)

Location Management

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Benjamin Bruce ... location coordinator
Tony Gittelson ... location coordinator
B.J. Johnson ... location coordinator
Douglas J. Kenny ... location assistant (as Doug Kenny)
Jim McMahon ... location auditor
Mark Winter ... location assistant

Music Department

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George Craig ... music supervisor
Milton Lustig ... music editor
John Richards ... music mixer
John Scott ... conductor / orchestrator
Alan Howarth ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Frank 'Cat' Ballou ... transportation coordinator (as Frank 'Cat' Ballou)

Other crew

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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
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
William S. Graves ... technical advisor: U.S. Navy (as Capt. William S. Graves USN)
Carole Keagy ... publicity and marketing
Rob Mays ... production assistant
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
Boots Hart ... post-production accountant (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Trapped outside the boundaries of time and space... 102 aircraft... 6,000 men... all missing. See more »
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Also Known As
  • U.S.S. Nimitz: Lost in the Pacific (Europe, English title)
  • Nimitz, retour vers l'enfer (France, French title)
  • Der letzte Countdown (Germany, German title)
  • El final de la cuenta atrás (Spain)
  • Der letzte Countdown (Austria)
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Runtime
  • 103 min
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Box Office

Budget $12,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $56,647,800

Did You Know?

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Trivia In the mid 1980s the communist government banned the movie in Hungary, claiming it glorified the United States Armed Forces. However, some illegal copies were circulated on VHS with parts about the Russian trawler spying on the USS Nimitz edited out. See more »
Goofs The pictures of Pearl Harbor supposedly taken by the Nimitz's reconnaissance aircraft are identical to historical photos of the actual attack, including torpedo splashes in the water, even though the photos are supposed to have been taken the day before the attack. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970). See more »
Soundtracks Begin the Beguine See more »
Quotes Captain Yelland: This is the captain, I am speaking to every man aboard this ship. In the past few hours many things have happened; rumors of nuclear attacks and a third world war are totally untrue. We have no reason to believe that any aggression has been taken against our homes our families. I believe what we stumbled across is not man-made but a phenomena of nature, one that can't be explained. This phenomena is the storm in which the Nimitz went through less than 18 hours ago, the storm has had some effect on time as we know it, it created a portal, a door into another era. Today is December 7, 1941... I'm sure we are all aware of the significance of this date in this place in history. We are going to fight a battle that was lost before most of you were born. This time, with God's help, its going to be different... Good Luck.
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