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The Final Countdown (1980)

PG | | Action, Sci-Fi | 1 August 1980 (USA)
A modern aircraft carrier is thrown back in time to 1941 near Hawaii, just hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Cast

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Victor Mohica ...
Black Cloud
James Coleman ...
Lt. Perry (as James C. Lawrence)
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Simura (as Soon-Teck Oh)
Joe Lowry ...
Cdr. Damon
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Lt. Kajima
Mark Thomas ...
Harold Bergman ...
Bellman
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Navy Doctor
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LCdr. Kaufman
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Storyline

In 1980, the assistant of the Department of Defense Warren Lasky is assigned by his mysterious chief Richard Tideman to visit the aircraft carrier USS Nimtz commanded by Capt. Matthew Yelland as an observer of the routines. Lasky finds that Wing Commander Richard T. Owens has a great knowledge of history. Out of the blue, the vessel faces a weird storm and they find that they have traveled back in time to the eve of the attack of Pearl Harbor on 06 December 1941. When the two Japanese Zeros attack the motorboat of Senator Samuel Chapman, the crew of the Nimitz rescues the senator and his assistant Laurel Scott. But sooner Lasky learns that the senator had disappeared on that day and Capt. Matthew Yelland is planning to attack the Japanese. Will these actions create a time paradox? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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"...this is the U.S.S. Nimitz...Where the Hell Are We?..." See more »

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Action | Sci-Fi

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1 August 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der letzte Countdown  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,647,800

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,647,800
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Trivia

As of 2014, most of the aircraft types featured in the movie have been retired by the United States Navy. E-2 Hawkeyes and EA-6B Prowlers are still on active duty in upgraded forms (Though the latter is being replaced by the EA-18G Growler) and, although retired from active-duty carrier squadrons, a few S-3 Vikings are still flown by Naval Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 30 (VX-30) out of Naval Air Station Point Mugu, California. See more »

Goofs

When the CAG's F-14 lands on the Nimitz at the beginning of the movie, there's a couple of shots where the plane changes colors and markings as the plane hits the deck and catches the arresting wire. This goof is later repeated when the Alert Tomcats return to the ship after shooting down the Zeros. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
F-14 Pilot: [voice over radio] Pearl Tower, Tomcat two-zero-zero. requesting clearance for departure runway zero-nine. Over.
Pearl Harbor Tower: [voice over radio] Two-zero-zero, Pearl Harbor Tower. You are cleared runway oh-niner. Winds zero-four-five at eight. SH-three approaching from the right. Have a nice day.
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Anchors Aweigh
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Written by Charles A. Zimmerman (as Charles Zimmerman), Domenico Savino, Alfred Hart Miles and George D. Lottman
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One of my old favorites!
6 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie deals with time-travel on a large scale... And like most sci-fi films, it is easy to pick their theories apart (especially after almost 25 years). I think that many of us have a tendency to over-analyze these types of movies, when, in fact, we should just sit back and enjoy the experience.

I first saw this movie at a drive-in (remember those?!?!), and during one scene in particular, the entire crowd actually cheered. This is not a reaction I'd expect from a large crowd during a "bad" movie. If you like sci-fi, aircraft, and time-travel movies, then ignore the nay-sayers and watch this movie! It's one of my all-time favorites.


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