Skip to comments.11 movies about Pearl Harbor. Yes, "The Final Countdown" made the list
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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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.
I would see “The Final Countdown” over many other Navy movies. Examples, “Top Gun, Stealth, U-571”. I find it more realistic.
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.
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”
Tora is pretty good too if you fast forward through the Heston family subplot scenes.
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.
The only good thing about Bay’s Pearl Harbor was Kate Beckinsale.
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.
I loved the Final Countdown right up to the last few minutes when they chickened out.
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Everytime I see it, I keep hoping that they would have gone through with it.
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.
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.
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 . . . .
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.
>>The only good thing about Bays Pearl Harbor was Kate Beckinsale.
Strangely, that seems to be true about many movies she is in. The Underworld movies, Van Helsing, Pearl Harbor...
In Harms’s Way one of the best movies of all time!!
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...
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.
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...
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!?
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.
Me, too. CV41.
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.
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.
Have the Germans made a film from their, the attackers point of view?
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.
While the plot in the movie was “shaky” at best. At least the attitudes and jargon used by the sailors seemed to be correctly.
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.
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
They did the smart thing. They knew the USA would win eventually. To intervene would introduce too much uncertainty
I’ve always thought The Final Countdown was very realistic. Netflix has it for streaming. I watched it again a few weeks ago.
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.
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.
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