The Final Countdown
The Final Countdown (1980)

The USS Nimitz, a modern-day nuclear-powered aircraft carrier captained by Kirk Douglas, passes through a time warp and finds itself at Pearl Harbor on December 6, 1941. Douglas is all for preventing the infamous Japanese attack by… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 1, 1980
DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

As a documentary on the USS Nimitz, The Final Countdown is wonderful. As entertainment, however, it has the feeling of a telepic that strayed onto the big screen.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The special effects are funnier than, I suspect, they were intended to be.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

A solid movie with a lousy ending.

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Time Out

An idea worthy of Harlan Ellison, but disappointingly fumbled.

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TV Guide

Little more than a lengthy Twilight Zone episode.

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Brian Mckay

Great what if sci-fi with a nuclear aircraft carrier, a time warp, and the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It's filled with technology, special effects and action. But it just doesn't make any sense.

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Chuck O'Leary

One of the better time-travel movies. Generates lots of suspense because it's directed and acted with a great deal of conviction. John Scott's musical score is outstanding.

James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Something you'd watch on TV for free without complaint.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
A movie that bears a similar resemblance to the legend of the USS Eldridge and the Philadelphia Experiment flick of 1984, in some aspects. That movie saw an… More
Melvin White
Captain Yelland: Today is December 7, 1941... I'm sure we are all aware of the significance of this date in this place in history. We are going to fight a… More
Alex roy
The Final Countdown is a unique and original film that delivers terrific thrills. With a fine cast of talented actors, director Don Taylor crafts this Action… More
jay nixon
not believable but fun
Bruce Bruce
Hard to believe this excellent movie came out in 1980, It was really enjoyable then and still enjoyable today. Great to see the carrier ops from 1980 time frame… More
xGary Xx
Enjoyable time travel fantasy that dumps a modern day aircraft carrier in the path of the attacking japanese force on the eve of Pearl Harbor. Kirk Douglas and… More