Tora! Tora! Tora!
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

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… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: September 23, 1970
DVD Release Date: November 2, 1999
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Tora! Tora! Tora! is one of the deadest, dullest blockbusters ever made.

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Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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.

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Time Out

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.

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James Berardinelli

It's rare for a feature film to attain the trifecta of entertaining, informing, and educating.

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Expensive but ultimately rather empty.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Directors Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, and Toshio Masuda have infused Tora! Tora! Tora! with an excessively dry and deliberate pace that results in an almost interminable first hour...

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TV Guide

The Japanese sneak attack that plunged the US into WW II is lavishly and fairly accurately, if not enthrallingly, brought to the screen.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Tora! Tora! Tora! is a flawless dramatization of the Pearl Harbor attack of December 7th, 1941. One thing I admire about this film that it shows both sides of… More
The Movie Waffler
Co-directed in English and Japanese by Richard Fleischer and Kinji Fukasaku, this shows a gripping story doesn't need any relatable characters or trite… More
Keiko Aya
In absolutely every respect this movie is far superior to Pearl Harbor of a few years ago. Rather than using the pending Japanese attack as the backdrop for a… More
Cameron Johnson
Richard Fleischer is back to war already, probably to apologize for 1969's "Che!" with this, the more successful of the two installments in the… More
Dann Michalski
Tora! Tora! Tora! is a thrilling war epic that delves into one of the seminal events in American history. Beginning with the summer of 1941, the film follows… More
Mark K
With the memories of the event fading into the sunset, I thought I'd review a docu-drama that you may not have seen recently: Tora! Tora! Tora! It's… More

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