Tora! Tora! Tora!

Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

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Corrected entry: After the Opana radar operators call in their discovery of the approaching planes and are told "don't worry about it" they turn off the radar station. In the actual attack they stayed there all during the attack, and even tracked the planes returning to the carriers, thereby locating the exact position of the Japanese fleet. This information was also ignored by the command center.

Correction: They shut down the radar station at 7 am, almost an hour before the attack began, so there's no way they stayed there.

Corrected entry: During the scene where the B-17 has only one wheel down, the wheel that is down changes. When the B-17 is first shown in a close up with one wheel down, the right wheel is down. But during the sequence where it is shown approaching the runway, and in the crash footage, the left wheel is the one that is down.

Correction: I watched that scene several times and in my eyes the wheel never changed.

Corrected entry: There is a scene early in the movie where a band is playing on the deck of one of the Japanese carriers. The band is playing in 4/4 time, but the director is conducting in 3/4 time.

Correction: If you count the beat for the music it is in 3/4 time.

Corrected entry: In the scene after the attack, Admiral Yamamoto is with his staff and they are listening to a radio report. The report states it's from the Navy Department and is dated December 7. The attack on Pearl Harbr was on December 7, Hawaiian time. But, between Hawaii and Japan there is the International dateline. Therefore, as far as Japan time, the attack was on December 8.

Correction: The date of a large scale disater/event is always refered to by the date of "where" it takes place. The terrorists attacks in NYC and Pennsylvania are a more recent example of this. The people on the other side on the international dateline did not receive information on, or refer to the attacks as being on, the "September 12th Attacks" but rather it is refered to and was reported as the attacks on 9/11.




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When the Japanese planes take off for Pearl Harbor, some of the 3 man torpedo planes only have a pilot.



The code for successful surprise (and the movie's title) "Tora! Tora! Tora!" was a shortening of the words totsugeki (attack) and raigeki (the Japanese term for torpedo bombers), and was originally spelled "To ra, to ra, to ra!" Those two shortened words were interpreted by American radio operators, who happened to intercept them, as the Japanese word for "tiger"; hence "Tora! Tora! Tora!"