The Final Countdown (1980)
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It is 1980 and the USS Nimitz puts to sea off of Pearl Harbor for routine exercises. After encountering a strange storm and losing all contact with the US Pacific Fleet, nuclear war with the Soviet Union is assumed and the USS Nimitz arms herself for battle. However, after encountering Japanese Zero scout planes and finding Pearl Harbor filled with pre-World War II battleships, it is realized that the storm the Nimitz went through caused the ship to travel back in time: to December 6th, 1941.
Trapped outside the boundaries of time and space... 102 aircraft... 6,000 men... all missing.
Title: Final Countdown, The
Release Date: August 01, 1980
Runtime: 103 mins
All Genres: Drama, Adventure, Sci-Fi, War
Languages: English, Japanese
IMDB Rating: 6.6
Buried.com Rating: 7.6 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With F
MPAA Rating: PG
Kirk Douglas ...Capt. Matthew yelland
Martin Sheen ...Warren Lasky
Katharine Ross ...Laurel Scott
James Farentino ......
Ron O'Neal ...Cmdr. Dan Thurman
Charles Durning ...Sen. Samuel Chapman
Victor Mohica ...Black Cloud
James C. Lawrence ...Lt. Perry
Soon Tek Oh ...Simura (as Soon-Teck Oh)
Joe Lowry ...Cmdr. Damon
Alvin Ing ...Lt. Kajima
Mark Thomas ...Marine Cpl. Kullman
Harold Bergman ...Bellman
Dan Fitzgerald ...Navy Doctor
Lloyd Kaufman ...Lt. Cmdr. Kaufman
Peter Douglas ...Quartermaster
Ted Richert ...Tideman's Assistant
George Warren ...Tideman's Bodyguard
Gary Morgan ...Helicopter Crewman
Phil Philbin ...Admiral
Robert Goodman ...Enlisted Man
Richard Liberty ...Lt. Cmdr. Moss
Neil Ronco ...Harvey
Bill Couch ...Durrell (as William Couch)
Jack McDermott ...Wynn
Masayuki yamazuki ...Togawa
George H. Strohsahl Jr. ...Air Boss
Ronald R. Stoops ...Navigator
Kenneth J. Jaskolski ...Assistant Air Boss
Sergei M. Kowalchik ...Crewman
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Richard R. St. Johns
More Movie Taglines:
- Trapped outside the boundaries of time and space... 102 aircraft... 6,000 men... all missing.
- On December 7, 1980 --- The nuclear carrier USS Nimitz disappeared in the Pacific...and reappeared December 7, 1941...the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour
- Nothing in the world can prepare you for ...
- 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.
[an F-14 pilot is reporting the identity of a pair of enemy planes to Captain Yelland over the radio] Captain Yelland: Alert 1 this is Eagle 1, what've you got? Pilot: Two Japanese Zeroes, sir. Captain Yelland: Two what? Pilot: Two Trophy Class Mitsubishi A6Ms in original condition, complete with all markings. I mean, they look brand new sir! Captain Yelland: Have you been spotted? Pilot: Negative, we're right in the sun at their 6 o'clock high. Captain Yelland: Stay in visual contact, take no action without clearance. Pilot: Wilco Eagle 1, out.
[one of the F-14's barely dodges a burst of gunfire from one of the Zeroes] Pilot: Why the hell are we playing with these guys?
[Trying to warn Pearl Harbor of the impending Japanese attack] Senator Chapman: This is, uh, Senator Samuel S. Chapman, of the United States Senate on board the aircraft carrier Nimitz. Captain Yelland is here with me. Pearl Harbor Radio Operator: You're on a what? Senator Chapman: I repeat. I am Senator Samuel S. Chapman onboard the U.S.S. Nimitz. Pearl Harbor Radio Operator: Alright, whoever the hell you are. Use of military frequencies by unauthorized personnel is a felony. Senator Chapman: Now listen here, sir! Pearl Harbor Radio Operator: As we have no aircraft carrier Nimitz and no Captain Yelland I suggest, asshole, that you stop impersonating some other asshole and get off the air! You're wasting our time! Senator Chapman: How dare you talk to me that way!
Captain Yelland: If the United States falls under attack our job is to defend her in the past, present and future. Lasky: And after that? Captain Yelland: After that, we take our orders from the Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces. Lasky: Franklin Delano Roosevelt?
- The sailors on the carrier are playing a board war game by Avalon Hill called "Squad Leader".
Filmed in the Atlantic, not the Pacific Ocean (where it takes place). The USS Nimitz was an Atlantic fleet ship until the summer of 1987 when it was transferred to the Pacific. USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) stood in for the Nimitz for the arrival past the 'Arizona' into Pearl Harbor.
The grand finale, where Lasky is invited into the limo and drives away from the ship, was filmed at Nimitz's home port in Norfolk, Virginia. The limo is headed straight off the end of Pier 12.
When an F-14 does a steep dive and pulls out just before crashing into the ocean while "playing" with one of the Zeroes, the "scream" the F-14 made was created by mixing the sound of the jet engines with the actual scream of the pilot's wife when she saw that clip for the first time.
As with most pre-CG-effects movies about the Pacific War, the planes standing in for the A6M2 Zeroes are actually specially-modified AT-6 Texans mocked up to look like Zeroes (since from the side - but not the wings - the two planes are remarkably similar).
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