Tora! Tora! Tora!


Action / Drama / History / War

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 57%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 81%
IMDb Rating 7.5 10 27464


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Jason Robards as General Short
Jamie Farr as Multiple Characters
James Whitmore as Admiral Halsey
Paul Frees as Japanese Ambassador Kichisaburo Nomura
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23.976 fps
2hr 24 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by hamlet-16 9 / 10

Tors Tora Tora - a masterwork!

More documentary than movie (which explains its failure at the box office in 1970) Tora Tora Tora has grown in stature with time. It was and remains the definitive film telling of the events of the 7th of December 1941.

With time we know more of the background to the US codebreaking efforts but nothing that significantly changes the story.

I was lucky enough to see Tora Tora Tora on its initial release in 70mm and 6 track sound in a true ToddAO curved screen presentation and at a brand new cinema.

It was an overwhelming experience.

The Japanese sequences in particular stand out in my memory.

I remember the scale of the opening sequence as the camera moves restlessly amongst the naval ratings standing stiffly to attention (in thin cotton costumes apparently in freezing weather).

The sheer power of the great Japanese actor Sô Yamamura as Admiral Yamamoto remained in my memory long after the film ended.

The special effects are magnificent and very realistic. Perhaps today's CGI would be fancier but I doubt more effective.

Nothing beats real planes really flying. The dawn takeoff sequence from the Akagi (played valiantly by a US aircraft carrier) is amazing on the big screen.

And the opening of the second half as the Japanese aircraft carriers battle through angry seas was genuinely scary in 70mm!

The film is tense at times nail biting even though we know what will happen and perhaps for the first time the Japanese point of view is presented.

Not a simple film to love... not a lot of emotion on show.. but a brilliant recreation of one of the most important events of the 20th century.

"...No it's Pearl"

Reviewed by Amy Edwards 8 / 10

A true Classic

Tora!Tora!Tora! should be considered as the Holy Bible regarding the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941.

Its main asset is without a doubt its amazing historical accuracy and the very attention to detail. You can feel that a lot of research has been made to make this movie possible.

After watching this movie, everybody will understand how we came to that tragedy in the first place. How our government was aware that something was up but was never able to guess the Japanese true intentions. How the Japanese high command prepared that attack while their diplomatic corps was stalling us in an endless and fruitless negotiation.

I also love this movie for giving some justice to Kimmel and Short who were unfairly used as scapegoats after the attack and shamelessly sent to the shadows afterwards. In this movie, they are depicted as capable and caring commanders deliberately kept in the dark and left to themselves for making decisions based on incomplete information. It left us with the impression that they could have done something to stop the attack if they would have been accurately kept informed by their leadership.

The other point I truly like is they are telling the story from both sides point of view. The Japanese part is as thorough and accurate as the American one. It depicts Yamamoto as a man not willing to go to war with America, a country he knows very well as he was a Harvard student back in the day, but pushed to it by the Army commanders who wanted to control all the Pacific without realizing that a war with the US would mean to defy an industrial great power who has the means to overpower each opponent who dare attacking us.


Reviewed by JLRVancouver 8 / 10

Excellent depiction of the "date that will live in infamy"

I first saw "Tora Tora Tora" on my 12th B-day (when it first came out) and have seen it several times since. The movie has aged well and, compared to Michael Bay's abysmal "Pearl Harbour" (2001), demonstrates the effectiveness of practical effects over CGI (although the gap continues to narrow). The story starts slowly, following the meticulous Japanese planning as it parallels the American blunders, misreads and delays, that ultimately lead to the (unintentional) 'sneak attack' on Pearl Harbour. The transition between the planning and the attack scenes is the weakest part of the movie, played almost as a comedy, with befuddled Americans staring up at Japanese aircraft but just 'not getting it" - scenes which do not ring true, as these were trained soldiers and sailors, and the Americans were suspicious of the Japanese. The attack sequences are excellent with lots of well executed pyrotechnics, especially of mock-up P40s exploding. Multiple cameras were used, so there is a bit of a sense of déjà vu as you see the same plane blowing up from different angles (the P40 with its nosecone shot off is the most obvious example). The backstory (told elsewhere) about how one of motorised P40 models went out of control is a good cautionary tale about the dangers of filming battle scenes with full scale effects. Not all of the cast were professional actors and it sometimes shows, the secondary dialogue is weak in places, and some of the back-projection (e.g. the flying lesson scene) is not particularly good, but overall, "Tora Tora Tora" is a great war movie with enough history mixed in with the explosions to make it worth watching on multiple levels.

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