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Tora! Tora! Tora!
Tora! Tora! Tora!
(Japanese: トラ・トラ・トラ) is a 1970 Japanese-American biographical war drama film that dramatizes the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
in 1941. The film was directed by Richard Fleischer, Toshio Masuda and Kinji Fukasaku and stars an ensemble cast, including Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten, Sō Yamamura, E. G. Marshall, James Whitmore, and Jason Robards. The tora of the title is the two-syllable Japanese codeword used to indicate that complete surprise had been achieved. Japanese being a language with many homophones, it is a coincidence that tora also means "tiger" (虎).[4]


1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production 4 Historical accuracy 5 Reception 6 Honors 7 See also 8 References 9 Sources 10 External links

Plot[edit] In August 1939, a trade embargo imposed by the United States is depriving a belligerent Japan of raw materials. Influential army figures and politicians push through an alliance with Germany and Italy in September 1940 and make preparations for war. The newly appointed Commander-in-Chief
of the Combined Fleet
Combined Fleet
Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto reluctantly orders the planning of a pre-emptive strike on the U.S. Pacific Fleet
U.S. Pacific Fleet
anchored at Pearl Harbor, believing that Japan's best hope of achieving control of the Pacific Ocean
Pacific Ocean
is to annihilate the fleet at the outset of hostilities. Air Staff Officer Minoru Genda
Minoru Genda
is chosen to mastermind the operation while his old Naval Academy classmate Mitsuo Fuchida
Mitsuo Fuchida
is selected to lead the attack. Meanwhile, in Washington, American military intelligence has managed to break the Japanese Purple Code, allowing the Americans to intercept secret Japanese radio transmissions indicating increased Japanese naval activity. Monitoring the transmissions are U.S. Army Col. Bratton and U.S. Navy Lt. Commander Kramer. At Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
itself, Admiral Kimmel and General Short do their best to enhance defenses which include increasing naval patrols around Hawaii and calling for Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
bombers to patrol offshore to provide early warning of any enemy presence. Short recommends parking all aircraft at the base on the runways and not dispersed around the edges of the airfield to avoid sabotage by enemy agents. Several months pass with diplomatic tensions continuing to escalate between the U.S. and Japan. As the Japanese ambassador continues negotiations to stall for time, the Japanese fleet sorties into the Pacific and soon is in position to begin the assault. On the day of the attack, Bratton and Kramer learn from intercepts that the Japanese plan to commence a series of 14 radio messages from Tokyo to the Japanese embassy in Washington with an instruction to destroy their code machines after receiving the final message. Deducing that this indicates that the Japanese plan to launch a surprise attack on American forces after the messages are delivered, Bratton attempts to warn his superiors of his suspicions but encounters several obstacles – Chief of Naval Operations
Chief of Naval Operations
Harold R. Stark is indecisive over notifying Hawaii without first alerting the President while Army Chief of Staff General George Marshall's order that Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
be alerted of an impending attack is stymied by poor atmospherics that prevent radio transmission and bungling when a warning sent by telegram is not marked urgent. At dawn on December 7, the Japanese fleet launches its aircraft. Their approach to Hawaii is detected by two radar operators but their concerns are dismissed as the duty officer receiving their alert assumes it is a group of American B-17 Flying Fortresses inbound from the mainland scheduled to land later that day. As a result, the Japanese achieve complete surprise and a joyous commander Fuchida, riding in a Nakajima B5N
Nakajima B5N
"Kate", sends the code to begin the attack: "Tora! Tora! Tora!" Meeting no opposition, the Japanese planes savage Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
with a series of attacks. General Short's anti-sabotage precautions prove a disastrous mistake that allows the Japanese aerial forces to destroy the U.S. aircraft on the ground with ease, thereby preventing an effective aerial counter-attack. The damage to the naval base is catastrophic with the Americans suffering severe casualties. Seven battleships are either sunk or heavily damaged. Hours after the attack is over, General Short and Admiral Kimmel finally receive Marshall's telegram warning of impending danger. In Washington, the Secretary of State Cordell Hull
Cordell Hull
is stunned on learning of the attack and urgently requests confirmation before receiving the Japanese ambassador. The message that was transmitted to the Japanese embassy in 14 parts – a declaration of war – was meant to be delivered to the Americans at 1:00 pm, 30 minutes before the attack. However, it was not decoded and transcribed in time, with the result that the attack took place while the two nations were technically still at peace. The distraught Japanese ambassador, helpless to explain the late ultimatum and unaware of the ongoing attack, is bluntly rebuffed by a despondent Hull. Back in the Pacific, the Japanese fleet commander, Vice-Admiral Chūichi Nagumo, refuses to launch the scheduled third wave of aircraft for fear of exposing his force to American submarines which he believes are in the area. Aboard his flagship, Admiral Yamamoto solemnly informs his staff that their primary targets – the American fleet's aircraft carriers, which had been dispatched into the Pacific days previously to search for Japanese vessels – were not at Pearl Harbor and thus escaped unscathed before lamenting the fact that the declaration of war was not received until after the attack began. Noting that nothing would infuriate the Americans more he concludes, "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve." Cast[edit] The film was deliberately cast with actors who were not true box-office stars, in order to place the emphasis on the story rather than the actors who were in it. The original cast list had included many Japanese amateurs.[5] Cast in credits order:[6]

Martin Balsam
Martin Balsam
as Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet Sō Yamamura
Sō Yamamura
as Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Commander-in-Chief, Combined Fleet Joseph Cotten
Joseph Cotten
as Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson Tatsuya Mihashi as Commander Minoru Genda, Air Staff, 1st Air Fleet E. G. Marshall
E. G. Marshall
as Colonel Rufus S. Bratton, Chief, Far Eastern Section, Military Intelligence Division, War Department James Whitmore
James Whitmore
as Vice Admiral William F. Halsey, Commander, Aircraft Battle Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Takahiro Tamura as Commander Mitsuo Fuchida, Commander, Air Group, Akagi Eijirō Tōno
Eijirō Tōno
as Vice Admiral Chūichi Nagumo, Commander-in-Chief, 1st Air Fleet Jason Robards
Jason Robards
as Lieutenant General Walter C. Short, Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Army Forces Hawaii Wesley Addy
Wesley Addy
as Lieutenant Commander Alwyn D. Kramer, Cryptographer, OP-20-G Shōgo Shimada as Admiral Kichisaburō Nomura, Japanese Ambassador to the United States Frank Aletter
Frank Aletter
as Lieutenant Commander Francis J. Thomas, Command Duty Officer, USS Nevada Koreya Senda
Koreya Senda
as Prime Minister Prince Fumimaro Konoe Leon Ames as Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox Junya Usami as Admiral Zengo Yoshida, Minister of the Navy Richard Anderson
Richard Anderson
as Captain John B. Earle, Chief of Staff, 14th Naval District Kazuo Kitamura as Foreign Minister Yosuke Matsuoka Keith Andes
Keith Andes
as General George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Susumu Fujita
Susumu Fujita
as Rear Admiral Tamon Yamaguchi, Commander, Second Carrier Division Edward Andrews
Edward Andrews
as Admiral Harold R. Stark, Chief of Naval Operations Bontaro Miyake as Admiral Koshiro Oikawa, Minister of the Navy Neville Brand
Neville Brand
as Lieutenant Harold Kaminski, Duty Officer, 14th Naval District Ichiro Ryuzaki as Rear Admiral Ryūnosuke Kusaka, Chief of Staff, 1st Air Fleet Leora Dana
Leora Dana
as Mrs. Kramer Asao Uchida as Rikugun Taishō (General) Hideki Tojo, Minister of War George Macready
George Macready
as Secretary of State Cordell Hull Norman Alden
Norman Alden
as Major Truman H. Landon, Commanding Officer, 38th Reconnaissance Squadron Kazuko Ichikawa as Geisha
in Kagoshima Walter Brooke as Captain Theodore S. Wilkinson, Director of Naval Intelligence Hank Jones as Davey, civilian student pilot Rick Cooper as Second Lieutenant George Welch, pilot, 47th Pursuit Squadron Karl Lukas as Captain Harold C. Train, Chief of Staff, Battle Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet June Dayton
June Dayton
as Ray Cave, secretary, OP-20-G Ron Masak
Ron Masak
as Lieutenant Lawrence E. Ruff, Communications Officer, USS Nevada Jeff Donnell
Jeff Donnell
as Cornelia Clark Fort, civilian flying instructor Shunichi Nakamura as Captain Kameto "Gandhi" Kuroshima, Senior Staff Officer, Combined Fleet Richard Erdman
Richard Erdman
as Colonel Edward F. French, Chief, War Department Signal Center Hiroshi Nihonyanagi as Rear Admiral Chuichi Hara, Commander, 5th Carrier Division Jerry Fogel as Lieutenant Commander William W. Outerbridge, Commanding Officer, USS Ward Carl Reindel as Second Lieutenant Kenneth M. Taylor, pilot, 47th Pursuit Squadron Elven Havard as Mess Attendant 3rd Class Doris Miller, USS West Virginia Edmon Ryan as Rear Admiral Patrick N. L. Bellinger, Commander, Patrol Wing Two Toshio Hosokawa as Lieutenant Commander Shigeharu Murata, Commander, 1st Torpedo Attack Unit, Akagi Hisao Toake as Saburo Kurusu, Japanese Special
Envoy to the United States Toru Abe as Rear Admiral Takijiro Onishi, Chief of Staff, 11th Air Fleet (uncredited) Hiroshi Akutagawa as Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal Marquis Koichi Kido (uncredited) Kiyoshi Atsumi
Kiyoshi Atsumi
as Japanese Cook #1 (uncredited) Harold Conway as Counselor Eugene Dooman, U.S. Embassy in Tokyo (uncredited) Dick Cook as Lieutenant Commander Logan C. Ramsey, Chief of Staff, Patrol Wing Two (uncredited) Jerry Cox as First Lieutenant Kermit A. Tyler, Executive Officer, 78th Pursuit Squadron and Officer in Charge, Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
Intercept Center (uncredited) Mike Daneen as First Secretary Edward S. Crocker, U.S. Embassy in Tokyo (uncredited) Francis De Sales as Lieutenant Commander Arthur H. McCollum, Head, Far East Asia Section, Office of Naval Intelligence
Office of Naval Intelligence
(uncredited) Dave Donnelly as Major Gordon A. Blake, Operations Officer, Hickam Field (uncredited) Bill Edwards as Colonel Kendall J. Fielder, G-2 Intelligence Officer, U.S. Army Forces Hawaii (uncredited) Dick Fair as Lieutenant Colonel Carroll A. Powell, Chief Signal Officer, U.S. Army Forces Hawaii (uncredited) Charles Gilbert as Lieutenant Colonel William H. Murphy, Air Warning Development Officer, U.S. Army Forces Hawaii (uncredited) Hisashi Igawa as Lieutenant Mitsuo Matsuzaki, Fuchida's pilot, 1st Torpedo Attack Unit, Akagi (uncredited) Robert Karnes as Major John H. Dillon, Knox's aide (uncredited) Randall Duk Kim as Tadao, Japanese messenger boy (uncredited) Berry Kroeger
Berry Kroeger
as General (uncredited) Akira Kume as First Secretary Katsuzo Okumura, Japanese Embassy in Washington, D.C. (uncredited) Dan Leegant as George Street, RCA Honolulu District Manager (uncredited) Ken Lynch as Rear Admiral John H. Newton, Commander, Cruisers, Scouting Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet
U.S. Pacific Fleet
and Commander, Task Force 12 (uncredited) Mitch Mitchell as Colonel Walter C. Phillips, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Forces Hawaii (uncredited) Walter Reed as Vice Admiral William S. Pye, Commander, Battle Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet
U.S. Pacific Fleet
(uncredited) Robert Shayne
Robert Shayne
as Commander William H. Buracker, Operations Officer, Aircraft Battle Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet
U.S. Pacific Fleet
(uncredited) Edward Sheehan as Brigadier General Howard C. Davidson, Commander, 14th Pursuit Wing
14th Pursuit Wing
(uncredited) Tommy Splittgerber as Ed Klein, RCA telegraph operator (uncredited) G. D. Spradlin
G. D. Spradlin
as Commander Maurice E. Curts, Communications Officer, U.S. Pacific Fleet
U.S. Pacific Fleet
(uncredited) Larry Thor as Major General Frederick L. Martin, Commander, Hawaiian Air Force (uncredited) George Tobias
George Tobias
as Captain on Flight Line at Hickam Field
Hickam Field
(uncredited) Harlan Warde as Brigadier General Leonard T. Gerow, Chief, War Plans Division, War Department (uncredited) Meredith Weatherby as Joseph C. Grew, U.S. Ambassador to Japan (uncredited) David Westberg as Ensign Edgar M. Fair, USS California (uncredited) Bruce Wilson as Private Joseph L. Lockard, radar operator, Opana Point (uncredited) Bill Zuckert as Admiral James O. Richardson, Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet (uncredited)


The North American T-6 Texan
North American T-6 Texan
stood in for the Mitsubishi A6M Zero
Mitsubishi A6M Zero
as there were no airworthy types at that time. Only Zeros from the carrier Akagi were depicted, identifiable by the single red band on the rear fuselage.

Aichi D3A
Aichi D3A
replica at the Geneseo Airshow. In 1968 a Vultee BT-13 Valiant (N56867) was converted to a Val replica for use in the filming of the movie Tora! Tora! Tora!, flown as Val "AI-244" from the carrier Akagi.

Nakajima B5N
Nakajima B5N
replica modified from a T-6 for the movie Tora! Tora! Tora!

A number of Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
mockups were blown up during filming. This example, which was spared destruction, is currently on display at Wheeler Army Airfield, with markings identical to those of 2nd Lt George Welch.[7]

Replica models like this ​1⁄15 scale USS Nevada were used for the overhead shots of Battleship
Row. The model survives today in Los Angeles and often appears at local parades.[8]

Veteran 20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox
executive Darryl F. Zanuck, who had earlier produced The Longest Day (1962), wanted to create an epic that depicted what "really happened on December 7, 1941", with a "revisionist's approach". He believed that the commanders in Hawaii, General Short and Admiral Kimmel, though scapegoated for decades, provided adequate defensive measures for the apparent threats, including relocation of the fighter aircraft at Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
to the middle of the base, in response to fears of sabotage from local Japanese. Despite a breakthrough in intelligence, they had received limited warning of the increasing risk of aerial attack.[1] Recognizing that a balanced and objective recounting was necessary, Zanuck developed an American-Japanese co-production, allowing for "a point of view from both nations".[9] He was helped out by his son, Richard D. Zanuck, who was chief executive at Fox during this time. Production on Tora! Tora! Tora!
Tora! Tora! Tora!
took three years to plan and prepare for the eight months of principal photography.[9] The film was created in two separate productions, one based in the United States, directed by Richard Fleischer, and one based in Japan.[10] The Japanese side was initially to be directed by Akira Kurosawa, who worked on script development and pre-production for two years. But after two weeks of shooting, he was replaced by Toshio Masuda and Kinji Fukasaku, who directed the Japanese sections.[10][11] Richard Fleischer
Richard Fleischer
said of Akira Kurosawa's role in the project:

Well, I always thought that even though Kurosawa was a genius at film making and indeed he was, I sincerely believe that he was miscast for this film, this was not his type of film to make, he never made anything like it and it just wasn't his style. I felt he was not only uncomfortable directing this kind of movie but also he wasn't used to having somebody tell him how he should make his film. He always had complete autonomy, and nobody would dare make a suggestion to Kurosawa about the budget, or shooting schedule, or anything like that. And then here he was, with Darryl Zanuck on his back and Richard Zanuck on him and Elmo Williams
Elmo Williams
and the production managers, and it was all stuff that he never had run into before, because he was always untouchable. I think he was getting more and more nervous and more insecure about how he was going to work on this film. And of course, the press got a hold of a lot of this unrest on the set and they made a lot out of that in Japan, and it was more pressure on him, and he wasn't used to that kind of pressure.[12]

Larry Forrester and frequent Kurosawa collaborators Hideo Oguni
Hideo Oguni
and Ryūzō Kikushima wrote the screenplay, based on books written by Ladislas Farago
Ladislas Farago
and Gordon Prange
Gordon Prange
of the University of Maryland, who served as a technical consultant. Numerous technical advisors on both sides, some of whom had participated in the battle and/or planning, were crucial in maintaining the accuracy of the film. Minoru Genda, the man who largely planned and led the attack on Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
was an uncredited technical advisor for the film.[1] Four cinematographers were involved in the main photography: Charles F. Wheeler, Sinsaku Himeda, Masamichi Satoh, and Osami Furuya.[13] They were jointly nominated for the Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Cinematography. A number of well-known cameramen also worked on the second units without credit, including Thomas Del Ruth
Thomas Del Ruth
and Rexford Metz.[13] The second unit doing miniature photography was directed by Ray Kellogg, while the second unit doing aerial sequences was directed by Robert Enrietto. Noted composer Jerry Goldsmith
Jerry Goldsmith
composed the film score and Robert McCall painted several scenes for various posters of the film.[14] The carrier entering Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
towards the end of the film was in fact the Iwo Jima-class amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli, returning to port. The "Japanese" aircraft carrier was the anti-submarine carrier USS Yorktown. The Japanese A6M Zero fighters, and somewhat longer "Kate" torpedo bombers or "Val" dive bombers were heavily modified Royal Canadian Air Force
Royal Canadian Air Force
Harvard (T-6 Texan) and BT-13 Valiant
BT-13 Valiant
pilot training aircraft. The large fleet of Japanese aircraft was created by Lynn Garrison, a well-known aerial action coordinator, who produced a number of conversions. Garrison and Jack Canary coordinated the actual engineering work at facilities in the Los Angeles
Los Angeles
area. These aircraft still make appearances at air shows.[15] In preparation for filming, Yorktown was berthed at North Island in San Diego to load all the aircraft, maintenance, and film crew prior to sailing to Hawaii. The night before filming the "Japanese" take-off scenes she sailed to a spot a few miles west of San Diego and at dawn the film crew filmed the launches of all the aircraft. Since these "Japanese" aircraft were not actual carrier based aircraft they did not have arresting gear with which to land back on the carrier, and continued on to land at North Island Naval Air Station. Yorktown sailed back to North Island and re-loaded the aircraft. She then sailed to Hawaii and the aircraft were off-loaded and used to film the attack scenes in and around Pearl Harbor. Aircraft Specialties of Mesa, Arizona performed maintenance on the aircraft while in Hawaii.[citation needed] A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress's actual crash landing during filming, a result of a jammed landing gear, was filmed and used in the final cut.[citation needed] The film crew received word that one of the B-17s could not lower their starboard landing gear so they quickly set up to film the "single gear" landing. The aircraft stayed aloft to use up as much fuel as possible, which gave the film crew some time to prepare, prior to landing. After viewing the "single gear" landing footage they decided to include it in the movie. In the sequence depicting the crash, only the final crash was actual footage. For the scenes leading up to the crash they manually retracted the starboard landing gear on a functioning B-17 and filmed the scenes of its final approach. After touching down on one wheel the pilot simply applied power and took off again. In the movie, all the approach footage was of this aircraft, and then, right at the moment of touchdown, they switch to the actual crash footage. The quality of the crash footage, brief as it is, is noticeably below the final approach footage for which the necessary production time was available. The B-17 that actually landed with one gear up sustained only minor damage to the starboard wing and propellers and was repaired and returned to service. A total of five Boeing B-17s were obtained for filming. Other U.S. aircraft used are the Consolidated PBY Catalina
Consolidated PBY Catalina
and, especially, the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
(two flyable examples were used). Predominantly, P-40 fighter aircraft are used to depict the U.S. defenders with a full-scale P-40 used as a template for fiberglass replicas (some with working engines and props) that were strafed and blown up during filming.[16] Fleischer also said a scene involving a P-40 model crashing into the middle of a line of P-40s was unintended, as it was supposed to crash at the end of the line. The stuntmen involved in the scene were actually running for their lives.[17] With over 30 aircraft in the air, the flying scenes were complex to shoot, and can be compared to the 1969 film Battle of Britain where large formations of period specific aircraft were filmed in staged aerial battles.[18] The 2001 film Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
would use some of the same modified aircraft.[19] Historical accuracy[edit]

USS Yorktown during the filming of Tora! Tora! Tora!, 1968.

Parts of the film showing the takeoff of the Japanese aircraft utilize an Essex-class aircraft carrier, Yorktown, which was commissioned in 1943 and modernized after the war to have a very slightly angled flight deck.[20] The ship was leased by the film producers, who needed an aircraft carrier for the film; and as Yorktown was scheduled to be decommissioned in 1970 the Navy made her available. She was used largely in the takeoff sequence of the Japanese attack aircraft. The sequence shows interchanging shots of models of the Japanese aircraft carriers and Yorktown. It does not look like any of the Japanese carriers involved in the attack, due to its large bridge island and its angled landing deck. The Japanese carriers had small bridge islands, and angled flight decks were not developed until after the war.[21] In addition, during the scene in which Admiral Halsey is watching bombing practice an aircraft carrier with the hull number 14 is shown. Admiral Halsey was on USS Enterprise, not the Essex-class carrier USS Ticonderoga, which would not be commissioned until 1944. This is understandable, however, as both Enterprise and all six of the Japanese carriers from the attack had been scrapped and sunk, respectively. Enterprise was scrapped in 1959, and four of the six, including Akagi, were sunk within six months of the attack at the Battle of Midway. In Tora! Tora! Tora!, an error involves the model of Japanese aircraft carrier Akagi. In the film, Akagi's bridge island is positioned on the starboard side of the ship, which is typical on most aircraft carriers. However, the aircraft carrier Akagi was an exception; its bridge island was on the port side of the ship. Despite this, the bridge section appeared accurately as a mirrored version of Akagi's real port-side bridge.[22] Secondly, all the Japanese aircraft in the footage bear the markings of Akagi's aircraft (a single vertical red stripe following the red sun symbol of Japan), even though five other aircraft carriers participated, each having its own markings. In addition, the markings do not display the aircraft's identification numbers as was the case in the actual battle. The white surround on the roundel on the Japanese aircraft was only used from 1942 onwards. Prior to this the roundel was red only.[23] USS Ward (DD-139) was an old "4-piper" destroyer commissioned in 1918; the ship used in the movie, USS Finch (DE-326), which portrays Ward looked far different from the original destroyer.[24] In addition, in the movie she fired two shots from her #1 gun turret. In reality, Ward fired the first shot from the #1 4-inch (102 mm) un-turreted gunmount and the second shot from the #3 wing mount.[25] A stern section of USS Nevada was built that was also used to portray USS Arizona and other U.S. battleships. The lattice mast (or cage mast) section of the Tennessee-class/Maryland-class battleship was built beside the set of the USS Nevada stern section, but not built upon a set of a deck, but on the ground as the footage in the movie only showed the cage mast tower. The large scale model of the stern shows the two aft gun turrets with three gun barrels in each; in reality, Nevada had two heightened fore and aft turrets with two barrels each while the lower two turrets fore and aft had three barrels each. Another model of Nevada, used in the film to portray the whole ship, displays the turrets accurately. It should be noted that the reason for this anomaly is because the aft section model was used in the film to portray both USS Nevada and USS Arizona. The ships looked remarkably similar except that Arizona had four triple turrets and a slightly different stern section. Footage and photographs not used in the film show the cage mast as being built on the ground. The USS Nevada/USS Arizona stern section was shown exploding to represent the explosion that destroyed Arizona, although in reality the explosion took place in #2 magazine, forward, and Arizona's stern section remains essentially intact to this day. The film has a Japanese Zero fighter being damaged over a naval base and then deliberately crashing into a naval base hangar. This is actually a composite of three incidents at Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
attack: in the first wave, a Japanese Zero crashed into Fort Kamehameha's ordnance building; in the second wave, a Japanese Zero did deliberately crash into a hillside after U.S. Navy CPO John William Finn
John William Finn
at Naval Air Station at Kāneʻohe Bay
Kāneʻohe Bay
had shot and damaged the aircraft; also during the second wave, a Japanese aircraft that was damaged crashed into the seaplane tender USS Curtiss.[26] During a number of shots of the attack squadrons traversing across Oahu, a white cross can be seen standing on one of the mountainsides. The cross was actually erected after the attack as a memorial to the victims of the attack.[27] Reception[edit] At the time of its initial movie release, Tora! Tora! Tora!
Tora! Tora! Tora!
was thought to be a box office flop in North America,[28] although its domestic box office of $29,548,291 made it the ninth highest-grossing film of 1970.[29] It was a major hit in Japan and over the years, home media releases provided a larger overall profit.[30][31]

The Commemorative Air Force's Gulf Coast Wing's Tora! Tora! Tora!
Tora! Tora! Tora!
team still fly the movie's aircraft simulating the attack at airshows.

Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
felt that Tora! Tora! Tora!
Tora! Tora! Tora!
was "one of the deadest, dullest blockbusters ever made" and suffered from not having "some characters to identify with." In addition, he criticized the film for poor acting and special effects in his 1970 review.[32] Vincent Canby, reviewer for The New York Times, was similarly unimpressed, noting the film was "nothing less than a $25-million irrelevancy."[33] Variety also found the film to be boring; however, the magazine praised the film's action sequences and production values.[34] James Berardinelli, however, said it was "rare for a feature film to attain the trifecta of entertaining, informing, and educating."[35] Charles Champlin in his review for the Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times on September 23, 1970, considered the movie's chief virtues as a "spectacular", and the careful recreation of a historical event.[36] Despite the initial negative reviews, the film was critically acclaimed for its vivid action scenes, and found favor with aviation and history aficionados.[37] However, even the team of Jack Hardwick and Ed Schnepf who have been involved in research on aviation films, had relegated Tora! Tora! Tora!
Tora! Tora! Tora!
to the "also-ran" status, due to its slow-moving plotline.[37] The film holds a 57% "Rotten" rating on the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes,[38] based on 28 critical reviews. In 1994, a survey at the USS Arizona Memorial
USS Arizona Memorial
in Honolulu determined that for Americans the film was the most common source of popular knowledge about the Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
attack.[39] Several later films and TV series relating to World War II in the Pacific have used footage from Tora! Tora! Tora!. These productions include the films Midway (1976; in the Tora! Tora! Tora!
Tora! Tora! Tora!
DVD commentary, Fleischer is angry that Universal used the footage), All This and World War II (film 1976), Pearl (TV mini-series 1978), From Here to Eternity (TV mini-series 1979), The Final Countdown (1980), and Australia (2008) as well as the Magnum, P. I.
Magnum, P. I.
television series episode titled "Lest We Forget" (first airdate February 12, 1981).[40] Honors[edit] Tora! Tora! Tora!
Tora! Tora! Tora!
was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one for Visual Effects.

Winner Best Special
Effects ( L.B. Abbott and A.D. Flowers)[36] Nominee Best Art Direction (Art Direction: Jack Martin Smith, Yoshirō Muraki, Richard Day, and Taizô Kawashima; Set Decoration: Walter M. Scott, Norman Rockett, and Carl Biddiscombe) Nominee Best Cinematography (Charles F. Wheeler, Osamu Furuya, Shinsaku Himeda, and Masamichi Satoh) Nominee Best Film Editing (James E. Newcom, Pembroke J. Herring, and Shinya Inoue as Inoue Chikaya) Nominee Best Sound ( Murray Spivack and Herman Lewis).[41]

See also[edit]

List of American films of 1970 Attack on Pearl Harbor Isoroku Yamamoto's sleeping giant quote Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
(film) List of historical drama films List of historical drama films of Asia


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Films directed by Richard Fleischer

Child of Divorce
Child of Divorce
(1946) Banjo (1947) So This Is New York
So This Is New York
(1948) Bodyguard (1948) The Clay Pigeon
The Clay Pigeon
(1949) Follow Me Quietly
Follow Me Quietly
(1949) Make Mine Laughs
Make Mine Laughs
(1949) Trapped (1949) Armored Car Robbery
Armored Car Robbery
(1950) The Narrow Margin (1952) The Happy Time
The Happy Time
(1952) Arena (1953) 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) Violent Saturday
Violent Saturday
(1955) The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing
The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing
(1955) Bandido (1956) Between Heaven and Hell (1956) The Vikings (1958) Compulsion (1959) These Thousand Hills
These Thousand Hills
(1959) Crack in the Mirror
Crack in the Mirror
(1960) The Big Gamble (1961) Barabbas (1961) Fantastic Voyage
Fantastic Voyage
(1966) Doctor Dolittle (1967) The Boston Strangler (1968) Che! (1969) Tora! Tora! Tora!
Tora! Tora! Tora!
(1970) 10 Rillington Place
10 Rillington Place
(1971) The Last Run (1971) See No Evil (1971) The New Centurions
The New Centurions
(1972) Soylent Green
Soylent Green
(1973) The Don Is Dead
The Don Is Dead
(1973) The Spikes Gang
The Spikes Gang
(1974) Mr. Majestyk
Mr. Majestyk
(1974) Mandingo (1975) The Incredible Sarah
The Incredible Sarah
(1976) The Prince and the Pauper (1977) Ashanti (1979) The Jazz Singer
The Jazz Singer
(1980) Tough Enough (1983) Amityville 3-D (1983) Conan the Destroyer
(1984) Red Sonja (1985) Million Dollar Mystery (1987)

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Films directed by Toshio Masuda

Red Quay
Red Quay
(1958) Rusty Knife
Rusty Knife
(1958) Outlaw: Gangster VIP (1968) Tora! Tora! Tora!
Tora! Tora! Tora!
(1970) Prophecies of Nostradamus (1974) Yamato: The New Voyage (1979) Be Forever Yamato
(1980) Shaso (1989)

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Films directed by Kinji Fukasaku

Wandering Detective: Tragedy in Red Valley (1961) Wandering Detective: Black Wind in the Harbor (1961) Vigilante With a Funky Hat (1961) Vigilante With a Funky Hat: The 20,000,000 Yen Arm (1961) High Noon for Gangsters (1961) The Proud Challenge (1962) Gang vs. G-men (1962) League of Gangsters (1963) Jakoman and Tetsu (1964) Wolves, Pigs and People (1964) The Threat (1966) The Secret of the Diamond / The Kamikaze Guy (Kamikaze Man: Duel at Noon) (1966) Rampaging Dragon of the North (1966) Ceremony of Disbanding (1967) Gamblers' Ceremony of Disbanding (1968) Black Lizard (1968) Blackmail Is My Life
Blackmail Is My Life
(1968) The Green Slime
The Green Slime
(1968) Black Rose Mansion
Black Rose Mansion
(1969) Japan's Most Violent Gangs: Boss (1969) Bloodstained Clan Honor (1970) If You Were Young: Rage (1970) Tora! Tora! Tora!
Tora! Tora! Tora!
(with Richard Fleischer
Richard Fleischer
and Toshio Masuda, 1970) Sympathy for the Underdog
Sympathy for the Underdog
(1971) Under the Flag of the Rising Sun (1972) Street Mobster
Street Mobster
(1972) Outlaw
Killer: Three Maddog Killers (1972) Battles Without Honor and Humanity
Battles Without Honor and Humanity
(1973) Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima (1973) Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Proxy War (1973) Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Police Tactics (1974) Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Final Episode (1974) New Battles Without Honor and Humanity
Battles Without Honor and Humanity
(1974) Graveyard of Honor (1975) Cops vs. Thugs
Cops vs. Thugs
(1975) Gambling Den Heist
Gambling Den Heist
(1975) New Battles Without Honor and Humanity: The Boss's Head (1975) Violent Panic: The Big Crash (1976) New Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Last Days of the Boss (1976) Yakuza Graveyard
Yakuza Graveyard
(1976) Hokuriku Proxy War (1977) Doberman Cop (1977) Shogun's Samurai
Shogun's Samurai
(1978) Message from Space
Message from Space
(1978) The Fall of Ako Castle (1978) Virus (1980) The Gate of Youth (1981) Samurai Reincarnation
Samurai Reincarnation
(1981) Dotonbori River (1982) Fall Guy
Fall Guy
(1982) Theater of Life
Theater of Life
(1983) Legend of the Eight Samurai
Legend of the Eight Samurai
(1983) Shanghai Rhapsody (1984) House on Fire (1986) Sure Death 4: Revenge (1987) A Chaos of Flowers
A Chaos of Flowers
(1988) The Triple Cross (1992) Crest of Betrayal (1994) The Geisha
House (1998) Battle Royale (2000) Battle Royale II: Requiem (with Kenta Fukasaku, 2003)

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Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor


Events leading to the attack Order of battle Present US ships Battleship
Row Niihau incident

Japanese carriers involved

Akagi Kaga Sōryū Hiryū Shōkaku Zuikaku

United States ships sunk


salvaged artifacts

California Oglala Oklahoma Shaw Utah West Virginia


Consequences Sleeping giant quote Infamy Speech U.S. declaration of war Roberts Commissions


Remembrance Day USS Arizona Memorial Survivors Association Commemorative Medal


Crisis: The Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor
Attack on Pearl Harbor
and Southeast Asia (1992) Day of Deceit (2001) Days of Infamy series
Days of Infamy series
(2004–05) Pacific War series
Pacific War series


Secret Agent of Japan
Secret Agent of Japan
(1942) This Is the Army
This Is the Army
(1943) December 7th: The Movie (1943) Task Force (1949) From Here to Eternity
From Here to Eternity
(1953) The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956) In Harm's Way
In Harm's Way
(1965) Tora! Tora! Tora!
Tora! Tora! Tora!
(1970) 1941 (1979) The Final Countdown (1980) Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor


Advance-knowledge conspiracy theory In popular culture

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Darryl F. Zanuck


Old San Francisco
Old San Francisco
(1927) The First Auto
The First Auto
(1927) The Jazz Singer
The Jazz Singer
(1927) Tenderloin (1928) The Show of Shows
The Show of Shows
(1929) Three Faces East (1930) The Doorway to Hell
The Doorway to Hell
(1931) Little Caesar (1931) Illicit (1931) The Public Enemy
The Public Enemy
(1931) The Man Who Played God (1932) The Rich Are Always with Us
The Rich Are Always with Us
(1932) Doctor X (1932) Life Begins (1932) The Cabin in the Cotton
The Cabin in the Cotton
(1932) Three on a Match
Three on a Match
(1932) 20,000 Years in Sing Sing
20,000 Years in Sing Sing
(1932) Parachute Jumper
Parachute Jumper
(1933) 42nd Street (1933) The Working Man' (1933) Ex-Lady
(1933) The Bowery (1933) Blood Money (1933) Moulin Rouge (1934) Looking for Trouble
Looking for Trouble
(1934) Born to Be Bad (1934) Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1934) The Mighty Barnum (1934) Folies Bergère de Paris (1935) Les Misérables (1935) Cardinal Richelieu (1935) Call of the Wild (1935) Metropolitan (1935) Thanks a Million
Thanks a Million
(1935) The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (1935) Professional Soldier (1935) The Prisoner of Shark Island
The Prisoner of Shark Island
(1936) It Had to Happen (1936) A Message to Garcia (1936) Under Two Flags (1936) The Road to Glory
The Road to Glory
(1936) Poor Little Rich Girl (1936) Sing, Baby, Sing (1936) Pigskin Parade
Pigskin Parade
(1936) Seventh Heaven (1937) Slave Ship (1937) Wee Willie Winkie (1937) Wake Up and Live (1937) Thin Ice (1937) Lancer Spy
Lancer Spy
(1937) In Old Chicago
In Old Chicago
(1937) Happy Landing (1938) International Settlement (1938) Kentucky Moonshine Always Goodbye
Always Goodbye
(1938) Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938) Just Around the Corner (1938) Little Miss Broadway
Little Miss Broadway
(1938) My Lucky Star (1938) Submarine Patrol
Submarine Patrol
(1938) Jesse James (1939) Tail Spin
Tail Spin
(1939) Wife, Husband and Friend
Wife, Husband and Friend
(1939) The Story of Alexander Graham Bell
The Story of Alexander Graham Bell
(1939) Rose of Washington Square
Rose of Washington Square
(1939) Stanley and Livingstone
Stanley and Livingstone
(1939) The Rains Came
The Rains Came
(1939) Hollywood Cavalcade (1939) Swanee River (1939) The Little Princess (1939) The Grapes of Wrath (1940) Little Old New York
Little Old New York
(1940) The Man I Married (1940) The Return of Frank James (1940) Brigham Young (1940) Down Argentine Way
Down Argentine Way
(1940) The Mark of Zorro (1940) Hudson's Bay (1941) Tobacco Road (1941) The Great American Broadcast
The Great American Broadcast
(1941) Blood and Sand (1941) A Yank in the R.A.F.
A Yank in the R.A.F.
(1941) How Green Was My Valley (1942) Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942) Sex Hygiene
Sex Hygiene
(Short) (1942) To the Shores of Tripoli
To the Shores of Tripoli
(1942) This Above All (1942) Thunder Birds (1942) The Purple Heart
The Purple Heart
(1944) Wilson (1944) Winged Victory (1944) The Razor's Edge (1946) Gentleman's Agreement (1947) Fury at Furnace Creek
Fury at Furnace Creek
(1948) The Snake Pit
The Snake Pit
(1948) Pinky (1949) Twelve O'Clock High
Twelve O'Clock High
(1949) No Way Out (1950) All About Eve
All About Eve
(1950) David and Bathsheba (1951) People Will Talk
People Will Talk
(1951) Viva Zapata!
Viva Zapata!
(1952) The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952) The Egyptian (1954) The View from Pompey's Head
The View from Pompey's Head
(1955) The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956) Island in the Sun (1957) The Sun Also Rises (1957) The Roots of Heaven (1958) Crack in the Mirror
Crack in the Mirror
(1960) Sanctuary (1961) The Big Gamble (1961) The Longest Day (1962) The Chapman Report
The Chapman Report
(1962) The Visit (1964)


as Mark Canfield

The Desired Woman (1927) (story) Maybe It's Love
Maybe It's Love
(1930) Baby Face (1933) (story) Crack in the Mirror
Crack in the Mirror

as Melville Crossman

Tenderloin (story) (1928) State Street Sadie
State Street Sadie
(story) (1928) Thanks a Million
Thanks a Million
(story) (1935) A Yank in the R.A.F.
A Yank in the R.A.F.
(story) (1941) Thunder Birds (original story) (1942) China Girl (story) (1942) The Purple Heart
The Purple Heart
(story) (1944)

as Gregory Rogers

Find Your Man ( Rin Tin Tin
Rin Tin Tin
story) (1924) The Lighthouse by the Sea
The Lighthouse by the Sea
( Rin Tin Tin
Rin Tin Tin
story) (1924) Three Weeks in Paris (story, screenplay as Darryl Zanuck) (1925) The Midnight Taxi
The Midnight Taxi
(story) (1928)

as self

A Broadway Butterfly (1925) Red Hot Tires
Red Hot Tires
(1925) Hogan's Alley (1925) The Caveman
The Caveman
(scenario) (1926) The Little Irish Girl (adaptation) (1926) The Social Highwayman (1926) Footloose Widows
Footloose Widows
(1926) Across the Pacific (adaptation) (1926) The Better 'Ole (screenplay) (1926) Tracked by the Police
Tracked by the Police
( Rin Tin Tin
Rin Tin Tin
story) (1927) Old San Francisco
Old San Francisco
(1927) The First Auto
The First Auto
(story) (1927) Good Time Charley
Good Time Charley
(story) (1927) Noah's Ark (story) (1928) My Man (story) (1928) Hardboiled Rose
Hardboiled Rose
(story) (1929) Madonna of Avenue A
Madonna of Avenue A
(story) (1929) Say It with Songs
Say It with Songs
(story) (1929) The Life of the Party (1930) Little Caesar (story – uncredited) (1931) The Dark Horse (story) (1932) Lady Killer (story – uncredited) (1933) Folies Bergère de Paris (contributing writer – uncredited) (1935) G Men
G Men
(story) (1935) This Is My Affair
This Is My Affair
(story – uncredited) (1937) Alexander's Ragtime Band (contributing writer – uncredited) (1938) The Great Profile (story – uncredited) (1940) Ten Gentlemen from West Point
Ten Gentlemen from West Point


Virginia Fox
Virginia Fox
(wife) Richard D. Zanuck
Richard D. Zanuck
(son) Dean Zanuck (grandson)

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