The Final Countdown (1980)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Laurel Scott
Cdr. Richard Owens / Mr.Tideman
Cdr. Dan Thurman
Senator Samuel Chapman
Victor Mohica ...
Black Cloud
James Coleman ...
Lt. Perry (as James C. Lawrence)
Simura (as Soon-Teck Oh)
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Cdr. Damon
Lt. Kajima
Mark Thomas ...
Marine Cpl. Kullman
Harold Bergman ...
Navy Doctor
LCdr. Kaufman


An American nuclear aircraft carrier and its crew are caught in a classic dilemma when a supernatural storm sends them back in time just before the Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor. Written by Keith Loh <>

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On December 7, 1980 --- The nuclear carrier USS Nimitz disappeared in the Pacific...and reappeared December 7, 1941...the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour See more »


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1 August 1980 (USA)  »

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Der letzte Countdown  »

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SEK 2,722,598 (Sweden)

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In the movie, F-14 Tomcats of VF-84 'Jolly Rogers' are shown engaging in a dogfight with Japanese Zeroes. In August 1981, one year after the movie's release, the Nimitz' other F-14 unit at the time, VF-41 'Black Aces' (Which also appears on-screen) engaged in the first actual combat of the F-14 when a pair of VF-41 Tomcats engaged and destroyed two Libyan SU-22 'Fitters' in the Gulf of Sidra. See more »


The missile loadout on the F-14s change during the dogfight with the Zeros, with missiles disappearing and reappearing between shots, most notably with the Sidewinder that fired at the second Zero being visible on the Tomcat after it had been fired. See more »


[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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A armed nuke warship transcends time and space to go along with historical events or be their salvation!

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN at times presents a doctoral thesis of sorts on the perils of time and space and alterations with events supposedly set in stone. Armed with a all star cast, COUNTDOWN gives audiences a family tale of time and space and adventure. The film fails to give the audience what it is promised in trailers and posters, a conflict between a lone united states nuclear carrier and the entire japanese pearl harbor attack force. Yet, this is a fine picture with some fine acting moments unusual to this genre. During the film the carrier swept to DEC. 6, 1941 takes a evasive stance while the crew and commander try to decide whether to alter history..yet, if they alter history will their ship even be made? Will they die once the paradox begins? Will the abortive theme FROM HERE TO ETERNITY love story work out? These questions and more are answered in a award winning PG film from the director of ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES, the star of SPARTACUS, a effects team behind the 007 opening montages and the producer of THE TOXIC AVENGER. The film may suprise you. Recommended for fans of THE PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT and THE TIME MACHINE. Limited distribution, and poor advertising hindered this film which found a audience on tv and on video.

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