The Final Countdown (1980) Pearl Harbor Revisited

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The award this month for the most silliest plot taken extremely seriously goes to The Final Countdown. Not a tongue in cheek to be seen. What can be seen though is an incredible array of military fire power. This film is a war machine fanatics dream, quite simply this is a giant Cold War, mines bigger than yours, show off exhibition. If you love jets of all sizes firing off from an aircraft carrier, you gonna love this film.

Tagline – Nothing in the world can prepare you for ..

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Right from the get go you know this film is sponsored by the United States Navy, there just isn’t a chance the budget could of afforded all the jet fighters shaking their rumps, taking off and landing with some serious show boating. It’s also filmed aboard a legend, the real life USS Nimitz super carrier.  So the set couldn’t look more real.

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Tagline – “…this is the U.S.S. Nimitz…Where the Hell Are We?…”

Now then, that story. Captain Matthew Yelland (Kirk Douglas) happily takes the aircraft carrier out to sea from the Pearl Harbor memorial site to quickly getting into trouble when the clear blue skies suddenly develop into a strange never seen before electrical storm. Without warning the storm transforms into a bright blue vortex circling the ship, creating a deafening racket. Few minutes later, it stops and all is well, a few worried faces as they consider the fact maybe a nuclear war had started.

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It’s not long before they start to decipher the puzzle when old radio stations broadcasts come over the airwaves on a low band signal. Time to scrambling the Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye to do some high attitude reconnaissances.

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Whats that hiding out to sea behind a few small islands? Jeepers creepers it’s the Japanese invasion air force and navy! We must be in 1941! Ok that seems reasonable, no need to be freaked out or panic in any way. Just another day for the US Navy.

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Kirk Douglas looks a little lost as does the civilian Warren Lasky (Martin Sheen) who does nothing much at all. Cdr Richard Owens (James Farentino) gets the hots for Stepford Wife and 40’s girl Laurel Scott (Katharine Ross). Balding Super fly Ron O’Neal is the Captains right hand man as Cdr. Dan Thurman, speaking in the strangest way, sure he was dubbed for some reason? Maybe his blaxploitation jive was just too much they had to make him have an almost posh British twang!

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The dilemma comes with what to do? Do you take on the might of the Japanese force in one strong hand bout of pure carnage, revenging the sins of Pearl Harbor. With it’s immense fire power they wouldn’t stand a chance. But wait, what about changing the path of history and what will happen. Well you gonna have to tune into to find out but lets just say we are still here and the time paradox or butterfly effects didn’t seem to go through, or did they?

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This film is really rather very silly but you know what, I really quite enjoyed it. A matinee style film for the weekends and I do like a good bit of old jet footage. It’s definitely daft but harmless and entertaining, even if it didn’t make any sense.

Tagline – Trapped outside the boundaries of time and space… 102 aircraft… 6,000 men… all missing.

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Have you seen this one? What did you think? Grab the popcorn, chill back on sofa and have fun with movies. Mikey Wolfman

6 thoughts on “The Final Countdown (1980) Pearl Harbor Revisited

  1. I love this one. It has a real Twilight Zone vibe going on. I love time travel stories and this one was good fun (daft)but very enjoyable. I’ll watch Kirk Douglas in anything.

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    • Yes indeed very Twilight Zone. Yeah you can’t beat a good time travel story. One of the reasons Quantum Leap was so popular and fun. Hehe yep The Final Countdown is daft for sure but like you say very enjoyable. Perfect weekend film fodder 🙂

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      • Quantum Leap is awesome! I doubt that time travel stories will ever lose their appeal. There is so much potential there for interesting and mindblowing stories with time travel at the heart of the tale.

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    • Yes we do and it’s just shy of when I started my blog so I missed that post! The war machine on show was very impressive. You can imagine Kirk’s son selling the film pitch to the Navy and when Kirk’s name kept getting drop there was no way they were going to pass on this PR advertisement. 🙂

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