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Tora! Tora! Tora! (TCF 1970, Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotton)

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Tora! Tora! Tora! was a hands-across-the-waters production with Japanese directors depicting the preparation to attack Pearl Harbor and an American director showing the U.S.’s cluelessness.

The actual invasion makes the first hour worth enduring. Japanese master Akira Kurosawa shot the first few days of this before fleeing the studio strictures.

Jason Robards, Jr., who plays Lieutenant General Walter C. Short in the movie, was present at the actual bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Robards received a Navy Cross for his wartime service.

Academy Award Nominations: 5, including Best Cinematography; Best Art Direction.

production details
USA – Japan | Twentieth Century Fox | 144 minutes | 1970
Director: Richard Fleischer
Kinji Fukasaku
Toshio Masuda
Script: Ladislas Farago, Akira Kurosawa, Ryûzô Kikushima, Larry Forrester, Hideo Oguni, Gordon W. Prange,

cast
Jason Robards as Lt. General Walter C. Short
Richard Erdman as Colonel Edward F. French
Arthur Tovey as Officer at Signing of Pact
Paul Frees as Japanese Ambassador Kichisaburo Nomura (voice)
Wesley Addy as Lt. Commander Alwin D. Kramer
Leon Ames as Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox
Martin Balsam as Admiral Husband E. Kimmel
Richard Anderson as Captain John B. Earle
Sô Yamamura as Vice-Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
Joseph Cotten as Henry L. Stimson, U.S. Secretary of War
Tatsuya Mihashi as Commander Minoru Genda
E.G. Marshall as Lt. Colonel Rufus S. Bratton
James Whitmore as Vice Admiral William F. ‘Bull’ Halsey Jr.
Takahiro Tamura as Lt. Commander Mitsuo Fuchida
Frank Aletter as Lt. Commander Francis J. Thomas – USS Nevada
Koreya Senda as Prime Minister Prince Fumimaro Konoye
Junya Usami as Admiral Zengo Yoshida
Kazuo Kitamura as Foreign Minister Yosuke Matsuoka
Susumu Fujita as Rear Admiral Tamon Yamaguchi
Edward Andrews as Admiral Harold R. Stark
Bontarô Miake as Admiral Koshiro Oikawa
Neville Brand as Lieutenant Harold Kaminsky
Keith Andes as General George C. Marshall
Eijirō Tōno as Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo
Shôgo Shimada as Japanese Ambassador Kichisaburo Nomura
Shunichi Nakamura as Captain Kameto ‘Gandhi’ Kuroshima
Meredith ‘Tex’ Weatherby as Joseph C. Grew
Bruce Wilson as Pvt. Joseph L. Lockard
Charles Gilbert as Lt. Colonel William H. Murphy
Jerry Cox as First Lieutenant Kermit A. Tyler
Elven Havard as Mess Attendant 3rd Class Doris Miller
Dick Fair as Lt. Col. Carrol A. Powell

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