The Final Countdown (1980)

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The time is now. The place is aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz, America’s mightiest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier on maneuvers in the Pacific Ocean. Suddenly, a freak electrical storm engulfs the ship and triggers the impossible: The Nimitz is hurtled back in time to December 6, 1941, mere hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. As the enemy fleet speeds towards Hawaii, the warship’s Captain (Kirk Douglas), a Defense Department expert (Martin Sheen), a maverick Air Wing Commander (James Farentino) and a desperate Senator in the Roosevelt administration (Charles Durning) must choose between the unthinkable. Do they allow the Japanese to complete their murderous invasion or launch a massive counter-strike that will forever change the course of history?

The Movie

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 unleashing the 1980s technology at his disposal. But wait–if history is inviolate, what will happen to future events if the attack doesn’t come off? For nearly two hours, pros and cons are volleyed back and forth by Douglas, by ambitious senator Charles Durning, and by concerned observer Martin Sheen.

Rating: PG (adult situations)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Cult Movies, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Don Taylor
In Theaters:  wide
On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio: Live Home Video

ROTTEN TOMATOES: Reviews:        TOMATOMETER:  40%             AUDIENCE SCORE: 61%


Available from: On Amazon Prime Video

 


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