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      Tora! Tora! Tora!

      G Released Sep 23, 1970 2h 23m War History Drama List
      55% Tomatometer 29 Reviews 81% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings This dramatic retelling of the Pearl Harbor attack details everything in the days that led up to that tragic moment in American history. As United States and Japanese relations strain over the U.S. embargo of raw materials, Air Staff Officer Minoru Genda (Tatsuya Mihashi) plans the preemptive strike against the United States. Although American intelligence agencies intercept Japanese communications hinting at the attack, they are unwilling to believe such a strike could ever occur on U.S. soil. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Tora! Tora! Tora! is scrupulously accurate and lays out of the tragedy of Pearl Harbor with intricate detail, but the film's clinical approach to the sound and fury signifies little feeling.

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      Variety Staff Variety Both overall director Richard Fleischer and his Japanese counterparts do a dull job, and the monotonously low-key tone of scene after scene almost suggests that each was filmed without a sense of ultimate slotting in the finished form. Jul 8, 2008 Full Review Clark Collis Empire Magazine This big-budget, noble-but-dull account of the run up to Pearl Harbour is high on historical veracity but low on drama. Rated: 3/5 Dec 30, 2006 Full Review Time Out The climax, in particular, manages to be more than just a shoot-out, with Fleischer's intelligent direction generating a real feeling of chaos and apocalypse. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Penelope Houston The Spectator Even the air-raid, one of those all- out bits of Hollywood destruction staging which offer plenty of time for sour speculation on the sheer cost of so much bang-bang cinema, should leave human casualties taking second place to the material smash-up. Jul 9, 2018 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews Directors Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, and Toshio Masuda have infused Tora! Tora! Tora! with an excessively dry and deliberate pace that results in an almost interminable first hour... Rated: 2/4 Jul 28, 2015 Full Review Burl Burlingame Honolulu Star-Advertiser Prior to "Tora!" movies showing the attack were jingoistic propaganda; afterwards, the attack was an excuse to indulge in Hollywood's fascination with American self-loathing. Rated: 3/4 Dec 20, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Joel H Possibly the best war movie ever made. No CGI, and historical accuracy above and beyond any other movie. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/28/24 Full Review Blu B A classic war flick. It's the second half that really saves this. Solidly edited, paced, and acted well. The cinematography is really good and the special effects are absolutely jaw dropping. It's incredible watching the destruction and grand scale of the attack. That being said most of the problems this film has are in the first half. It's VERY dry and stale until the intermission. The music isn't bad but is barely used and really needed to be used more especially in the first half to help make this less dry. It feels like your watching a doucmentary simliar to All the Presidents Men type of style. I will say this is extremely accurate to what actually occured and doesn't sensaionalize anything and sticks strictly to the facts. For better or for worse. Also, it needed even more of a star studded cast to really help make these performances stand out and more memorable as some are more stand out than others. It can get very in the weeds with every little minute detail and while thats appreciated, I feel there are certain things that could've been cut to help speed things up or more importantly make it less dry. This really needed a Speilberg type of human connection in the first to truly make it incredible. That being said, it is 100% worth it to sit through the slog because the second half is incredible and some of the best special effects I have ever seen. This is defintely for people who want to learn more for education than entertainment about Pearl Harbor, as well as war movie fans, and any fans of any actors in this. If there is ever a case for staying with a ok movie the whole way, this is it. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/13/24 Full Review Jim P This is the best movie about the Pearl Harbour attack. Seen from both American and Japanese points of view. Lots of detail and great action scenes! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/02/24 Full Review James W Classic WWII movie. Good story, great action. Still good today, stands the test of time. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/27/23 Full Review jerry m I was a kid when I saw this movie in Time Square New York on the big screen in Cinerama and the movie blew me away. I had to see it again a week later. They edited together actual footage of the attack on Pearl Harbor and special effects that won the Oscar that year. All the scenes were based on real documented events in detail. It's probably the most technically meticulously produced movie ever made and it still is a marvel even today. Considering that they didn't have computer CGI back then it is an incredible statement. LB Abbott came out of retirement to create the special effects. Okay so I'm a nerd. Most viewers complain the movie takes too long to get to the actual battle so I guess it helps to be a history buff. For me the whole experience was riveting Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/29/23 Full Review Steve P One of the best historical accounts of the Pearl Harbor attack, and the events that led up to the action. It shows our leaders carelessly taking action, without preparing for reaction. The movie was slow at times, but it did a pretty good job of showing how inneptitude on some of the American leaders part, and luck on the Japanese part, led to a horrible disaster. The movie also did a good job showing how each side underestimated the other's resolve, and willingness to fight. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/02/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis This dramatic retelling of the Pearl Harbor attack details everything in the days that led up to that tragic moment in American history. As United States and Japanese relations strain over the U.S. embargo of raw materials, Air Staff Officer Minoru Genda (Tatsuya Mihashi) plans the preemptive strike against the United States. Although American intelligence agencies intercept Japanese communications hinting at the attack, they are unwilling to believe such a strike could ever occur on U.S. soil.
      Director
      Richard Fleischer, Toshio Masuda, Kinji Fukasaku
      Producer
      Elmo Williams
      Screenwriter
      Larry Forrester, Hideo Oguni, Ryûzô Kikushima
      Distributor
      20th Century Fox
      Production Co
      Toei Co. Ltd., Twentieth Century Fox
      Rating
      G
      Genre
      War, History, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 23, 1970, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 8, 2013
      Runtime
      2h 23m
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