Tora! Tora! Tora!
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This 25-million dollar epic collaboration accurately recreates the events that led to the Japanese attack on the American naval base during World War II. With Germany's invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, the wheels are set in motion by Japan to plan the attack. After internal differences in the government, the Japanese quickly mobilize plans for the assault. Key American personnel ignored warnings of the possibility of Japanese aggression. The first part of the film divides scenes from both countries. Part two contains spectacular battle scenes of the bombing that destroyed the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

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"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Tora! Tora! Tora! is one of the deadest, dullest blockbusters ever made."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Expensive but ultimately rather empty."
‑ , Film4
"an interesting footnote in cinema history... though it's no less propaganda than the flag wavers from the 1940s"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Works well as a history lesson, and the recreation of the 12/7/41 attack is spectacular, but the film is much less effective on a character level."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"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."
‑ , Time Out
"It's rare for a feature film to attain the trifecta of entertaining, informing, and educating."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The Japanese sneak attack that plunged the US into WW II is lavishly and fairly accurately, if not enthrallingly, brought to the screen."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Strictly for history buffs only, because it presents the story in the most dry way possible. It's like a History Channel re-enactment with all of the right aircraft carriers and airplanes."
‑ Eric Melin,
"This big-budget, noble-but-dull account of the run up to Pearl Harbour is high on historical veracity but low on drama."
‑ Clark Collis, Empire Magazine
"As history, it seems a fairly accurate account of what happened, although it never much bothers its head about why. As film art, it is nothing less than a $25-million irrelevancy."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"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."
‑ Burl Burlingame, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
"The film looks gorgeous in HD, and remains the best Hollywood treatment of Pearl Harbor."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Historical accuracy stands as the biggest strength"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Big, bloated, boring WWII drama"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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