The Final Countdown

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Released 1980

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Director:
Don Taylor
Released:
1980
Rating:
PG
The Final Countdown is an adventurous science fiction drama film directed by Don Taylor and released in 1980. The film explores the possibilities of what might have happened if a state-of-the-art nuclear aircraft carrier had been somehow transported back to 1941 and taken part in the Pearl Harbor attack that resulted in American entry into the Second World War. During an intense electrical storm at sea, the USS Nimitz is sent back in time and emerges in early December, 1941. With major portions of world history at stake, her captain (Kirk Douglas) must quickly make decisions that may forever alter the time period he has just left. The Final Countdown is a fascinating meditation on the possible historical ramifications of time travel, as well as the inevitable difference in modern life that such changes would produce. This intelligent and unusual combination of science fiction and military drama will delight fans of both genres!

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  • 70

    IGN

    It's a fun film that presents an interesting scenario and raises a unique possibility. What it lacks in depth and acting skills it more than makes up for as a thoroughly enjoyable ...

  • 63

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    The Final Countdown is an action picture, not a thoughtful rumination on time travel, nor even (per Time After Time) a picture with a puzzle - everything is subordinate here to the...

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is the kind of movie that some kids would probably enjoy - it's filled with technology, special effects and action. But it just doesn't make any sense. And It lacks the wit to...

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