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11 movies about Pearl Harbor. Yes, "The Final Countdown" made the list
U.S. Naval Institute ^ | December 7, 2011 | U.S. Naval Institute

Posted on 12/07/2011 4:06:06 PM PST by Saint X

A list with videos of movies and TV series about Pearl Harbor. How many have you seen?

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TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans; Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: navy; pearlharbor

1 posted on 12/07/2011 4:06:14 PM PST by Saint X
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To: Saint X

I’ve seen the original From Here to Eternity, Tora! Tora! Tora!, and The Final Countdown. Wouldn’t go out of my way to see the last one again, but the first two are brilliant films.

I refuse to watch Bay’s 2001 film Pearl Harbor, mostly because of the presence of Ben Affleck. Can’t stand him or his lousy acting.


2 posted on 12/07/2011 4:11:16 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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To: DemforBush

I would see “The Final Countdown” over many other Navy movies. Examples, “Top Gun, Stealth, U-571”. I find it more realistic.


3 posted on 12/07/2011 4:17:16 PM PST by castlegreyskull
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To: Saint X
A plot element of 1943's Air Force concerned the crew's nonstop sleepless efforts to repair their B-17, succeeding just as the Japanese were overrunning the air base. History tells us that Clark Field was evacuated on December 24, 1941 which means our heroes in the film went 17 days without sleep!
4 posted on 12/07/2011 4:18:42 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: DemforBush

Can’t agree more wrt Bay’s “Pearl”. I have a soft spot for Final Countdown because I enjoy alternate history stories but the
movie is heavy on the cheese, that’s for sure.

I did enjoy John Birmingham’s Axis of Time trilogy and they have a similar storyline based on the attack on Pearl Harbor and then the balance of WW II. I’d easily recommend it.

Cheers!


5 posted on 12/07/2011 4:19:07 PM PST by RedCell (Honor thy Father (9/6/07) - Semper Fi / "...it is their duty, to throw off such government...")
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To: Saint X
As a former sailor, I enjoyed Midway a great deal more than any of the Pearl Harbor films. :=)
6 posted on 12/07/2011 4:23:42 PM PST by Bob
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To: castlegreyskull

THe best part about the Final Countdown was when the CO launched an attack on the IJN and the lard ass Senator asked if sending just one squadron of A-6’s was wise and if it would be enough to get the job done. The skipper just looked at him and said in a deadpan matter of fact way: “It’s enough”


7 posted on 12/07/2011 4:23:58 PM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Bob
Midway has some outtake footage filmed for Tora. I agree it's a terrific movie.

Tora is pretty good too if you fast forward through the Heston family subplot scenes.

8 posted on 12/07/2011 4:26:48 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: DemforBush

I agree the 2001 film is awful. It’s worth renting, however, just to watch the attack scenes. The acting is good and the ability to use special effects to recreate what was happening was so much better in 2001 than in earlier movies.


9 posted on 12/07/2011 4:28:56 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: DemforBush

The only good thing about Bay’s Pearl Harbor was Kate Beckinsale.


10 posted on 12/07/2011 4:29:28 PM PST by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: colorado tanker

If Bay stuck with what he was best at, blowing stuff up, Pearl Harbor could have been good. Instead, the film centered around a cliche love triangle while the actual events of Pearl Harbor took a backseat.


11 posted on 12/07/2011 4:32:49 PM PST by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: RedCell

I loved the Final Countdown right up to the last few minutes when they chickened out.


12 posted on 12/07/2011 4:33:24 PM PST by Venturer
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To: DemforBush
Pearl Harbor (2001) Movie Goofs and mistakes
13 posted on 12/07/2011 4:35:22 PM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Saint X

In Harm’s Way - John Wayne


14 posted on 12/07/2011 4:35:36 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Venturer

Everytime I see it, I keep hoping that they would have gone through with it.


15 posted on 12/07/2011 4:42:05 PM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: RedCell

I feel the same way about Final Countdown, for the same reason...big time alternate history fan here.

Never heard of Birmingham though; I’ll have to check that out.

FReegards,
SirL


16 posted on 12/07/2011 4:42:35 PM PST by SirLurkedalot (I'm toning it down as much as I can.)
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To: Saint X

Haven’t seen “Tora” on any movie channel. I thought this one was a must every anniversary.

I saw recently that it wouldn’t have made any difference if that officer who brushed off the warning from the two radar guys had sounded the alarm. There was no “red phone” type of set-up and by time the right people were notified, the Japs would have been bombing anyway. That officer must have kicked himself more than once over his response, which was rational IMO, as the incoming B-17s were just 5 degrees from the Japs’ bearing.


17 posted on 12/07/2011 4:50:10 PM PST by Oatka (This is the USA, assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: ConservativeTeen

2001’s plot was ridiculous and really took the movie down. And the idea of Alec Baldwin playing Jimmy Doolittle made me want to hurl. Other than that . . . .


18 posted on 12/07/2011 4:51:48 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: central_va

My favorite part in that movie was when the Tomcats were just toying around with the Zeroes before shooting them down. It was fun imagining that happening for real.


19 posted on 12/07/2011 4:52:35 PM PST by creeping death
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To: ConservativeTeen

>>The only good thing about Bay’s Pearl Harbor was Kate Beckinsale.

Strangely, that seems to be true about many movies she is in. The Underworld movies, Van Helsing, Pearl Harbor...


20 posted on 12/07/2011 5:03:53 PM PST by Betis70 (Bruins!)
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To: creeping death

In Harms’s Way one of the best movies of all time!!


21 posted on 12/07/2011 5:06:41 PM PST by shoedog
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To: Saint X

Historical review “1 Tora Tora Tora...Victory At Sea ..First phase of war... .Midway ...Wake Island,,,Corregidor ...They were Ezpendable...Sands of Iwo Jima ...Pre-war attitude From Here to Eternity...


22 posted on 12/07/2011 5:07:47 PM PST by mosesdapoet (Moses ..A nick name I received as a kid for warning another -It's a sin to tell a lie")
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To: Oatka

My kids watched “Tora Tora Tora!” on the Netflix streaming video this afternoon. I caught the beginning, with all the Japanese guys, before I had to go to bed.


23 posted on 12/07/2011 5:14:18 PM PST by Tax-chick (I'm surrounded by sullen mammals.)
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To: mosesdapoet

After review of Norwich selection. Boy are we in trouble that selection show scant knowledge of archival material or of what was going on during that time...


24 posted on 12/07/2011 5:18:08 PM PST by mosesdapoet (Moses ..A nick name I received as a kid for warning another -It's a sin to tell a lie")
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To: creeping death
My favorite part in that movie was when the Tomcats were just toying around with the Zeroes before shooting them down. It was fun imagining that happening for real.

One of my favorites also. Can you imagine what it would feel like to think that you were the best man and machine in the air and then see one of those coming after you. What the hell have we gotten ourselves into!?

25 posted on 12/07/2011 5:20:05 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: castlegreyskull
I find it more realistic.

I served on a carrier shortly before Final Countdown was made. I concur.

I particularly liked the part where they bring that last Corsair II aboard with a malfunctioning hook. The A-7 was spotted exactly where it would be during a barricade drill. It brought back a few memories.

26 posted on 12/07/2011 5:31:51 PM PST by magslinger (Who cares if they are"electable" if they are going to govern like Democrats? -noprogs)
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To: Bob

Me, too. CV41.


27 posted on 12/07/2011 5:33:21 PM PST by magslinger (Who cares if they are"electable" if they are going to govern like Democrats? -noprogs)
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To: Saint X

I miss you more than Michael Bay missed the mark,
When he made Pearl Harbor.
I miss you more then that movie missed the point,
And that’s an awful lot girl.
And now, now you’ve gone away,
And all I’m trying to say,
Is Pearl Harbor sucked and I miss you

I need you like Ben Affleck needs acting school,
He was terrible in that film.
I need you like Cuba Gooding needed a bigger part,
He’s way better then Ben Affleck.
And now all I can think about is your smile,
And that #@$@ty movie too,
Pearl Harbor sucked and I miss you

Why does Michael Bay get to keep on making movies.
I guess Pearl Harbor sucked,
Just a little bit more then I miss you.


28 posted on 12/07/2011 5:35:45 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: magslinger
The A-7 was spotted exactly where it would be during a barricade drill. It brought back a few memories.

It wasn't a drill. That's an actual A-7 taking the barricade, while the film crew happened to be aboard. The footage was so great they decided to incorporate it into the movie.
29 posted on 12/07/2011 5:40:55 PM PST by tanknetter
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To: Saint X

I lived just outside Pearl Harbor when I was a kid. They filmed Tora Tora Tora at that time and we watched the zeros in the skies from our Navy housing. Lots of smoke and noise. Wow.


30 posted on 12/07/2011 5:44:23 PM PST by rake ("more rubble, less trouble" VD Hanson)
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To: CrazyIvan
My favorite part in that movie was when the Tomcats were just toying around with the Zeroes before shooting them down. It was fun imagining that happening for real.

One of my favorites also. Can you imagine what it would feel like to think that you were the best man and machine in the air and then see one of those coming after you. What the hell have we gotten ourselves into!?


Here you go!

I've always liked the part where the Tomcats' sweep their wings back as they accelerate after getting the "draw them off, play with them" order.
31 posted on 12/07/2011 5:46:53 PM PST by tanknetter
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To: Saint X

Have the Germans made a film from their, the attackers point of view?


32 posted on 12/07/2011 5:47:31 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: tanknetter

Do you have link or know that for sure? It has been a long time since I saw it but I remember that there was some brilliant editing but you never saw the A-7 take or in the barricade.


33 posted on 12/07/2011 6:03:05 PM PST by magslinger (Who cares if they are"electable" if they are going to govern like Democrats? -noprogs)
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To: magslinger

While the plot in the movie was “shaky” at best. At least the attitudes and jargon used by the sailors seemed to be correctly.


34 posted on 12/07/2011 6:07:50 PM PST by castlegreyskull
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To: Saint X
The Final Countdown is on Netflix streaming section. A odd, but good movie. Really good authentic scenes on a carrier
35 posted on 12/07/2011 6:09:11 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: castlegreyskull

That is what I am talking about. Some of those sailors may have been shipmates of mine. They used some real sailors in the film.


36 posted on 12/07/2011 6:12:36 PM PST by magslinger (Who cares if they are"electable" if they are going to govern like Democrats? -noprogs)
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To: creeping death
The other good part is when they fly low over the yacht when it was under attack.
Charles Durning (WWII vet who came ashore early at Normandy) who played the Senator; gave a great portrayal of what it would have been like to see them.
37 posted on 12/07/2011 6:13:44 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: Saint X

Saw Tora, Tora, Tora with my father, a Pearl Harbor survivor. He said it was very inaccurate.

I did kind of like The Final Countdown. At least it didn’t pretend to be accurate


38 posted on 12/07/2011 6:24:32 PM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Venturer
I loved the Final Countdown right up to the last few minutes when they chickened out.

They did the smart thing. They knew the USA would win eventually. To intervene would introduce too much uncertainty

39 posted on 12/07/2011 6:30:32 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Either Obama can beat any GOP candidate or no GOP candidate.)
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To: magslinger
Do you have link or know that for sure? It has been a long time since I saw it but I remember that there was some brilliant editing but you never saw the A-7 take or in the barricade.

This is it ...
40 posted on 12/07/2011 6:33:01 PM PST by tanknetter
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To: castlegreyskull

I’ve always thought The Final Countdown was very realistic. Netflix has it for streaming. I watched it again a few weeks ago.


41 posted on 12/07/2011 6:52:07 PM PST by suthener
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To: tanknetter
Very cool! Used to have this movie on VHS. Haven't seen that in years.
42 posted on 12/07/2011 7:21:31 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: shoedog

Watching Task Force (1949) right now, which focused on naval aviation through WW2 and obviously touches on Pearl Harbor. Stars Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, and Jane Wyatt.


43 posted on 12/07/2011 8:29:35 PM PST by chrisinoc
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To: DemforBush
Then you missed the laughable anachronistic use of modern ships in the movie. (To be fair, the Japs would have good reason to hate any Spruance class destroyer, just for the name.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e6h9h7ky0E&feature=related

Still, I remember watching the movie and being mortified at the site of American children playing as enemy planes flew overhead. I remember thinking how lucky we were that this would not happen again. Two months later, it did.

44 posted on 12/08/2011 11:25:32 PM PST by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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