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Remember December 7. Here are 11 films about Pearl Harbor. Which is your favorite?
U.S Naval Institute ^ | December 7, 2012 | U.S. Naval Institute

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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TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans; Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: anniversary; hollywood; movies; navy; pearl; pearlharbor; war
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1 posted on 12/07/2012 9:50:37 AM PST by Saint X
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To: Saint X

My favorite Pearl Harbor movie was “Midway”. :=)


2 posted on 12/07/2012 9:55:10 AM PST by Bob
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To: Saint X

Tora Tora Tora

Midway was pretty good too!


3 posted on 12/07/2012 9:56:15 AM PST by Maine Mariner
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To: Bob

****My favorite Pearl Harbor movie was “Midway”. :=)***

That is because so many scenes from TORA TORA TORA were used in MIDWAY.


4 posted on 12/07/2012 9:57:22 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The parasites now outnumber the producers.)
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To: Saint X

The one where Hiroshima and Nagasaki get the ever lovin’ hell nuked out of them.


5 posted on 12/07/2012 9:58:06 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Saint X
Gotta be From here To Eternity. Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr. Doesn't get much better for that in terms of casting. That and Sinatra's Oscar make it memorable.

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.

6 posted on 12/07/2012 9:58:34 AM PST by chimera
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To: Gaffer

Actually, “Midway” was the best, I think.


7 posted on 12/07/2012 9:58:42 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Saint X
1.Tora! Tora! Tora!
2. In Harm's Way
3. Winds of War
4.From Here to Eternity
8 posted on 12/07/2012 9:59:53 AM PST by pgkdan (We are witnessing the modern sack of Rome. The barbarians have taken over.)
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To: Saint X
I modeled my whole life around this documentary when I was a kid.

But When America needs to to speak, those ships spoke with 14 and 16 inch projectiles.


9 posted on 12/07/2012 10:00:57 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Saint X

The first time I saw “Tora Tora Tora”, it seemed boring. A couple of more times and it got better each time.


10 posted on 12/07/2012 10:01:43 AM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

It think it was more that I liked the ending better. :=)


11 posted on 12/07/2012 10:03:50 AM PST by Bob
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To: Gaffer

Liked Midway a lot but could have been better by cutting out all the crap about Heston’s son and that Japanese girl.


12 posted on 12/07/2012 10:09:15 AM PST by fish hawk (no tyrant can remain in power without the consent and cooperation of his victims.)
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To: fish hawk

Been partial to Task Force....my dad was a B-17 guy and resembled John Garfield.


13 posted on 12/07/2012 10:12:42 AM PST by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: yarddog

I watch Tora,Tora,Tora every DEc. 7. Lest we forget.


14 posted on 12/07/2012 10:13:06 AM PST by Himyar
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To: KC_Lion

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!


15 posted on 12/07/2012 10:14:08 AM PST by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: Gaffer
Wasn't "Midway" about Midway?

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.

16 posted on 12/07/2012 10:18:23 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Saint X
Animal House, “Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?”
17 posted on 12/07/2012 10:19:40 AM PST by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: Bob

I loved the way the camera panned around and we saw three Jap carriers burning in the frame!


18 posted on 12/07/2012 10:20:07 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The parasites now outnumber the producers.)
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To: Saint X
Best: "From Here to Eternity" 1953

Worst: "Pearl Harbor" 2001

19 posted on 12/07/2012 10:20:46 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: yarddog
I saw TTT with my father as a kid (we were disappointed that only half of the movie contained action) & have seen that movie a dozen times since. I also have the 50 year commemorative DVD.

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.

20 posted on 12/07/2012 10:23:48 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Gaffer
If you've ever been to the atomic bomb museums at Hiroshima or Nagasaki, you'd be one sick puppy if you still felt that way. These were terrible calamities, undeserved by 99.9% of the victims.

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,

21 posted on 12/07/2012 10:27:14 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Saint X
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) Trailer
22 posted on 12/07/2012 10:29:31 AM PST by Errant
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To: fish hawk

YUP,killed the plot


23 posted on 12/07/2012 10:29:57 AM PST by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: Saint X

I truly don’t find the subject entertaining.


24 posted on 12/07/2012 10:33:23 AM PST by Jedidah
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To: Vigilanteman

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.


25 posted on 12/07/2012 10:35:51 AM PST by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: Jedidah

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.


26 posted on 12/07/2012 10:41:58 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Mouton

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.


27 posted on 12/07/2012 10:43:04 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: Bob
MIDWAY(1976) Original Theatrical Trailer

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.

28 posted on 12/07/2012 10:44:58 AM PST by Errant
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To: Saint X

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)


29 posted on 12/07/2012 10:54:34 AM PST by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: Vigilanteman

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.


30 posted on 12/07/2012 10:54:45 AM PST by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: Saint X

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.


31 posted on 12/07/2012 11:01:07 AM PST by Bayan
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To: Vigilanteman

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.


32 posted on 12/07/2012 11:16:28 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Bayan

In Harms Way is my all time favorite movie.
Also like Midway and Tora Tora Tora


33 posted on 12/07/2012 11:17:52 AM PST by mpackard (Read my Lip-Stick)
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To: mpackard

....John Wayne.....Patricia Neal....little bit of old timer ‘fooling around’....


34 posted on 12/07/2012 11:19:37 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Saint X

Not a movie, but I loved that old TV series “Victory at Sea”. And the music track was awesome too.


35 posted on 12/07/2012 11:31:42 AM PST by taillightchaser (When a dimorat says"The American people" the next words will be a lie.)
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To: Saint X
My Fav?


36 posted on 12/07/2012 11:32:29 AM PST by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: Gaffer
Anyone feeling sympathy towards WWII era Japanese should read up on Bataan!!! Those innocent Japanese cheered wildly at Japans atrocities against the Chinese. The Japanese were totally behind their government untill the horror of war was visited onto them!!
37 posted on 12/07/2012 11:52:32 AM PST by ontap
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To: Vigilanteman

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.”


38 posted on 12/07/2012 11:55:02 AM PST by henkster ("The people who count the votes decide everything." -Joseph Stalin)
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To: trisham
Worst: "Pearl Harbor" 2001

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

39 posted on 12/07/2012 11:55:22 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Vigilanteman

Final comment. Google February 13, 1945.....


40 posted on 12/07/2012 11:55:53 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: dfwgator

LOL!


41 posted on 12/07/2012 11:58:01 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Gaffer
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.

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.

42 posted on 12/07/2012 11:59:59 AM PST by sand88
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To: henkster

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.


43 posted on 12/07/2012 12:03:28 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: KC_Lion

Looking at that picture you can tell the Arizona is an old ship. It is not covered with anti-aircraft guns.


44 posted on 12/07/2012 12:08:51 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: henkster

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.


45 posted on 12/07/2012 12:57:23 PM PST by Scoutdad
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To: Bob

“1941”


46 posted on 12/07/2012 1:03:39 PM PST by Neidermeyer
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To: dfwgator

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.


47 posted on 12/07/2012 1:37:54 PM PST by henkster ("The people who count the votes decide everything." -Joseph Stalin)
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To: Saint X

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.


48 posted on 12/07/2012 1:47:05 PM PST by manic4organic (It was nice knowing you, America.)
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To: Saint X

The Battle of Pearl Harbour, re-enacted by the women of the Batley Townswomen’s Guild.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKWjuEn5FX8


49 posted on 12/07/2012 1:54:52 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Saint X

Tora, Tora, Tora. And funny enough, it was the movie I saw on my first date! LOL


50 posted on 12/07/2012 5:14:33 PM PST by trimom
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