1970s Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

Published on February 6th, 2007 | by Chris

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Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)


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On February 6, 2007
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Summary:

the quintessential model for a pseudo-documentary war movie, painstakingly attempting to chronicle the events (on both sides) leading up to the infamous 1941 sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.

Tora! is the quintessential model for a pseudo-documentary war movie, painstakingly attempting to chronicle the events (on both sides) leading up to the infamous 1941 sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.

Is this an action-packed thriller that will keep you pinned to the edge of your seat, wondering what will happen next?  No.  Absolutely not.  It is however a detailed (and lengthy at 2hrs 25 minutes) look at *exactly how* something like Pearl Harbor happened.

From the Japanese Admiralty planning the attack, through the missteps of the US government and the miscommunication which ultimately might have prevented it, we are shown in great detail the mechanics of how *not* to prevent an invasion.

Sure its easy to say such things in hindsight.  And there's nothing that can be said to diminish the importance of the event in US history, but maybe we can learn a few things from it.  I think that's the goal of Tora!, to show us what happened that might have been different.

Technically this film is an amazing recreation of the period, from the authentic aircraft and facilities on both sides, to the acting and word-for-word dialog where possible.

I recommend setting up an afternoon to watch the Bruckhemier/Bay fiasco "Pearl Harbor" and then watch this one directly after.  See which version of events you think is better told.  (Although "Pearl Harbor" does get into the famous Doolittle raid where this does not....)

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Description

The history of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor is re-created from U.S. and Japanese viewpoints.

DVD Information

Binding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audience Rating: G (General Audience)
Brand: TCFHE
Manufacturer: 20th Century Fox
Original Release Date:
Actors:
  • Martin Balsam
  • Sô Yamamura
  • Jason Robards
  • Joseph Cotten
  • Tatsuya Mihashi

Features

  • Factory sealed DVD

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ... this film a number of times and am always amazed as to the great production quality of this epic ..., December 7, 2016
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I've seen this film a number of times and am always amazed as to the great production quality of this epic tale of one of the worst days in world history. It is difficult to imagine the actual confusion shown in the film. However, having read many accounts of what occurred and why, the producers for the American portions of the film seem to have been fairly accurate. There was really no conspiracy on the part of anyone in DC. We wanted the Japanese to attack us first, as the countries' sentiment towards entering the war in Europe and beyond had been mostly leaning towards that of isolationism. That this attack occurred is not something the govt. planned on. Retrospectively, it occurred at the proper time. Our Pacific fleet had been decimated with the loss of so many battleships. But with the carriers intact we were able to secure ourselves in a couple of naval battles later on in 1942. The battle in the Coral Sea may not have been a victory, but we did inflict some serious damage to... Read more
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Was a great movie that chronicles the battle of Pearl Harbor, March 26, 2017
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Was a great movie that chronicles the battle of Pearl Harbor. BTW Tora Tora Tora was the code the given in the battle to let the commanders know that total surprise had been achieved. From the trailer and a bit of research I could tell this movie was heavily marketed on accuracy as well as telling both sides perspectives of the battle.

One might argue though it is hard to tell one side during the space of a movie. So it was a bit disjointed. The best part of the movie was the special effects. Very top of the line for the time. In fact I believe it won an award for that.

The proof though is in the pudding. Midway and other projects borrowed footage from this movie.

Good for what this is which is a movie. Fairly accurate but very happy in the special features they included a documentary with experts examining theories about Pearl Harbor. This is great for adventure but I'd look at documentaries minus the propaganda films from the period or non... Read more
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Visual Transfer, January 13, 2012
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Wow..I've watched this movie on DVD for years and was waiting for the Bluray Version. I was so impressed with quality of the transfer...it is absolutely pristine! This looks like a movie that was just made the past couple years because the video is so clean and clear...It's stunning to think this is a movie from the 70's! Whoever did the bluray transfer should get an award cause it's amazing! I have over 100 Bluray films and this is one of the best in video quality.
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Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) Chris

Summary: the quintessential model for a pseudo-documentary war movie, painstakingly attempting to chronicle the events (on both sides) leading up to the infamous 1941 sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.

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I've been watching war movies for probably 25 years now. Since December 2006 I've been sharing my habit and passion for these movies here on this site.



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