Skip to comments.Remember December 7. Here are 11 films about Pearl Harbor. Which is your favorite?
Posted on 12/07/2012 9:50:26 AM PST by Saint X
Great list of Pearl Harbor movies. Some were good, some were awful. The most ridiculous one is still the best - The Final Countdown ("Splash the zeros!") The video clips bring back memories.
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My favorite Pearl Harbor movie was “Midway”. :=)
Tora Tora Tora
Midway was pretty good too!
****My favorite Pearl Harbor movie was Midway. :=)***
That is because so many scenes from TORA TORA TORA were used in MIDWAY.
The one where Hiroshima and Nagasaki get the ever lovin’ hell nuked out of them.
On the other side of the coin, we should diss Final Countdown for typically lousy performances by Martin Sheen and Katharine Ross. How they ever got parts in major motion pictures (other than eye candy for Ross) is a mystery to me. Sheen isn't bad as a mid-range character actor, but he can't carry a leading role.
Actually, “Midway” was the best, I think.
But When America needs to to speak, those ships spoke with 14 and 16 inch projectiles.
The first time I saw “Tora Tora Tora”, it seemed boring. A couple of more times and it got better each time.
It think it was more that I liked the ending better. :=)
Liked Midway a lot but could have been better by cutting out all the crap about Heston’s son and that Japanese girl.
Been partial to Task Force....my dad was a B-17 guy and resembled John Garfield.
I watch Tora,Tora,Tora every DEc. 7. Lest we forget.
We visited Hawaii a few weeks ago & took the Pearl Harbor tour, which included the Battleship Missouri. Those guns are intimidating just standing there. And to see a sample projectile which weighed as much as a VW Bug was incredible. I wouldn’t want those guns pointed at me!
In terms of historical accuracy, the 1970s epoch "Tora! Tora! Tora!"was probably the best film on the subject.
Unlike the more modern "Pearl Harbor" which can most kindly be described as a steamy romance using a historical fiction as a background, TTT was very well researched with a steamy romance fiction subplot thrown in to sell a few extra movie tickets to historical ignoramuses which became the movie going majority by the time that "Pearl Harbor" was released.
My father, God rest his soul, always swore that the soulless FDR baited the Japanese into attacking Pearl Harbor. He needed the war to cover up his economic blundering.
Dad hated FDR with a purple passion. A letter which his sister shared with me after he died, dated November 1941, made this even more clear.
But he was among the first in line to join the Naval Air Corps when his local recruiting station opened on December 8, 1941. Go figure.
I loved the way the camera panned around and we saw three Jap carriers burning in the frame!
Worst: "Pearl Harbor" 2001
Earlier this year I saw a version that contained edited scenes I have never seen before, they'd been edited out for some reason.
I agree, the more I see it the more appreciate the good job they did in putting it together.
Even if the first bomb might have been necessary to put a quick end to the war and save countless more lives, a sane person does not take delight in seeing the results of that destruction.
My father fought against the Japanese in World War II combat. He was up close and personal on a naval landing craft which brought supplies into the combat zones and took the dead and wounded out.
He could have chosen to hate the Japanese. Instead, during the brief few months when he served in the occupation after the war ended, he gained a deep respect for them,
YUP,killed the plot
I truly don’t find the subject entertaining.
My uncle flew past Nagasaki a day or two after the bombing there and said he immediately knew the war would be over very soon as there was “nothing left”. He also spent time in Shanghai before his ETS. He did not have a favorable opinion of the Japanese war machine.
He bought his first foreign made car in the early 80s, a Japanese model. I said to him, I am surprised you bought an enemy made car. He said, well, the war has been over for almost 40 years, time to move on, besides I hate the UAW more.
The band on the USS Arizona rushes the Star Spangled Banner to finish it. I didn’t know until recently that every member of the band was killed that day.
The best “end piece” to the war has to be the “Best Years of our Lives,” from 1946. I tear up every time I see it.
Midway (1976) was an awesome movie! I'll never forget the scene of the B-25 Mitchel bombers taking off from the Hornet and raiding Tokyo. Those 4, 8' speakers at the back of the theater shook the ceiling tiles loose and vibrated the seats.
The Documentary that is shown hourly at the USS Arizona Visitor’s Center.
And the boat ride out to the Memorial afterwards.
(I did like “Tora! Tora! Tora!” Though)
I read a book:
The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War by James Bradley
in which Bradley asserts the deal made by TR and the Japanese led to WWII in hte Pacific.
Big fan of In Harm’s Way and Tora, Tora, Tora. Midway is a pretty good movie as well. I liked the Winds of War series but the series was not a patch on the book and the sequel which a reread periodically because I never grow tired of the story and Wouk is just an excellent writer.
My dad fought too! I don’t care about what they experienced. It ended the war. Any current handwringing over the ‘tragedy’ is just that. That entire country was for the Emporer lock-stock-and-barrel and willing to die, even with bamboo swords if need be ———CHILDREN!
Take that tripe somewhere else.
In Harms Way is my all time favorite movie.
Also like Midway and Tora Tora Tora
....John Wayne.....Patricia Neal....little bit of old timer ‘fooling around’....
Not a movie, but I loved that old TV series “Victory at Sea”. And the music track was awesome too.
A very good book on the subject of whether we should have dropped the bombs is Richard Frank’s “Downfall; The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire.” He leaves no doubt that not only was dropping the bombs necessary to end the war, but that it was necessary to drop two of them to prove to the Japanese that we could drop as many as we wanted. This finally convinced their military leadership to end the war. Also, as you noted, the bombs saved lives. Japanese lives, and probably millions of them. Not from combat death, but from starvation. The air and naval blockade, along with the destruction of the internal trade links, meant that not only was there not enough food for the population, there was no means of distributing it. The Japanese were already on starvation rations in the summer of 1945. The winter would have been far worse, and would have claimed the old, the very young, and those in poor health. Think of Leningrad, but on a national scale.
No one should take joy in nuclear destruction. But it was war, and as General Sherman said: “War is hell.”
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 s----y 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.
From Team America
Final comment. Google February 13, 1945.....
Take that tripe somewhere else.
Well said. My father was a Marine in WWII. He went through the "meatgrinder" H*ll on Iwo Jima.
He stated often that without the Atomic bombs being dropped he likely wouldn't have survived the invasion of Japan.
One thing the bombs did also, was to end the war before the Soviets got involved, which most likely would have led to a divided post-war Japan, and perhaps another Korea-style conflict. Remember the Russkies wanted revenge for 1905.
Looking at that picture you can tell the Arizona is an old ship. It is not covered with anti-aircraft guns.
Agree. Every time that a thread like this comes up, I tout this book. He totally destroys the “it was senseless to use the bomb” argument.
The two main “revisionist” theories for dropping the bombs are: 1. We are racists, and 2) We wanted to intimidate the USSR. The underlying premise for both theories is that we didn’t HAVE to drop the bombs to end the war, the Japanese were somehow ready to surrender. They were not.
There is no evidence to support the contention that the bombs were dropped due to racism. After all, they were originally intended to be dropped on Berlin. There is some evidence that Truman and Byrnes discussed the use of the bombs and the effect it would have on Stalin, but it appears it was only mentioned off-hand on one occasion. The prime motivation for use of the bombs was to end the war.
The Russians did indeed have plans to participate in a post-war partition of Japan, specifically wanting occupation of Hokkaido and the northern part of Honshu. They were preparing for an amphibious landing on Hokkaido when the war ended. Thank God we didn’t have to deal with “North Japan” and “South Japan.” Germany, Korea and Vietnam were more than enough.
Tora Tora Tora! Because my dad took me when it came out. I was 10. He was UDT 12 in WWII. I didn’t know at the time what it meant to him.
The Battle of Pearl Harbour, re-enacted by the women of the Batley Townswomen’s Guild.
Tora, Tora, Tora. And funny enough, it was the movie I saw on my first date! LOL