The Final Countdown - Kirk Douglas 1980
U.S.S Nimitz Lost in the Pacific (Finnish)
Nederlandse ondertiteling bijgesloten (.srt)
Dutch subs included (.srt)
ENG ondertiteling bijgesloten (.srt)
ENG subs included (.srt)
1280 x 720 **** / h.264 / User Rating: 6.6/10 - 1 win & 2 nominations / "...This is the USS Nimitz. Where The Hell Are We...?" - Trapped inside the boundaries of time and space... 102 aircraft... 6,000 men... all missing. / A classic science fiction time travel paradox flick
Oorlog / Science-Fiction
geregisseerd door Don Taylor
met Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen en Katharine Ross
Het grootste oorlogschip van de geschiedenis, het Amerikaanse nucleaire vliegdekschip 'Nimitz', gaat een routinereis maken in de wateren in de omgeving van Pearl Harbor. Het schip wordt overvallen door een vreemde elektrische storm. Als de storm bedaard is merkt de bemanning dat er iets niet klopt. Zij ontvangen op hun radio's programma's uit 1940 en een verkenningsvlucht boven Pearl Harbor leidt tot een hoogst merkwaardige ontdekking. De Amerikaanse vloot van 1940 ligt geheel intact in de haven; de plotselinge Japanse aanval, die deze vloot vernietigde heeft kennelijk nog niet plaats gehad. Er is geen andere conclusie mogelijk: de 'Nimitz' is door de geheimzinnige storm teruggeslagen naar 6 December 1941, de dag voor de aanval op Pearl Harbor. Wetend wat er gaat gebeuren staat kapitein Yelland voor de vraag of hij moet ingrijpen, of dat hij de geschiedenis op zijn beloop moet laten...
The Final Countdown - Kirk Douglas 1980
The USS Nimitz, a modern-day nuclear aircraft carrier, is drawn through a time warp from 1980 to a couple days before the Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor, and the crew must decide whether to launch a preemptive strike against the incoming Japanese carrier fleet with their more advanced air wing, or allow history to take its course, which might not happen since they had rescued Senator Chapman, who disappeared shortly before the attack, from his death.
All-timer great movie, fantastic flying, top acting, themes for men & women, - 17 March 2000
This film is one of the great ones. Having served on an aircraft carrier for 2.5 years, I'm familiar with aircraft carrier excitement. But the movie was more than just wonderful shots of the U.S. Nimitz. The cast was top drawer, and their acting was as good as it gets. Standing above all the great performances was a Japanese actor portraying a shot-down, highly competent, captured Japanese Zero pilot. While racism understandably raises its ugly head during wartime, with epithets and insults hurled in both directions, in fact this Japanese actor portrayed a Japanese warrior at his finest--someone whom Japanese viewers would be proud of. Played equally well were American military personnel, including some Marines. One of the candid themes of the movie is the tragedy of such fine people going to war against each other, whatever their race.
The film is undeniably top drawer, far more mature than than "Top Gun," with even better flying scenes. So I've often wondered why it isn't widely known and not kept in stock in widescreen format. Perhaps the answer is today's wimpy trend towards "politically correct" dialog. In one scene, Kirk Douglas refers to the captured Japanese pilot as a "yellow bastard." In the video version, this was sanitized. However, sanitized or not, the original racial comment, by itself, may have doomed the film from greater video distribution.
I saw the film when it came out in wide-screen format and saw it several times before it left town. Thereafter, the only other versions available in video were "fit-to-TV-screen" size. That was tragic! Though still exciting in "box" format, the widescreen original was breathtaking. I cannot imagine why producers haven't released this in DVD in original wide-screen format. It makes a huge difference with this film! (Aircraft carriers are huge!)
One interesting comment to add about the F-14 flying scenes. I was awed by one particular F-14 maneuver, which I didn't think airplanes were capable of doing. A couple of years later, I talked with a Navy fighter pilot and brought this up. He was very familiar with that scene and personally knew the pilot who flew the F-14 in the movie. He told me that the F-14 almost crashed in that scene, stalling while trying to fly too slow, diving for the ocean to pick up speed, and barely recovering just above the wave tops. This near-accident was caught on film and added immensely to the exhibition of flying skill. An exception had been granted to the Navy's policy of not allowing "dissimilar aircraft" to fly together in movie scenes. The result of that granted exception was almost the loss of an F-14.
This is an incredibly good drama. I found that the various twists and turns, and particularly the call-it-off ending, all contributed to the drama and moral dilemmas. This is a fine, great movie. Like others who commented here, it seems tragic that this film is not available in widescreen DVD format. Everyone I've shown it to loves it, male and female. Feminism and romance are included, along with a collie dog for the kids.