“Tora! Tora! Tora!” Reflects Upon the Horrors of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Tora! Tora! Tora!

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt so eloquently put it, it was a “date which will live in infamy,” and even all these years later it remains as shocking now as it was back in December of 1941. There have been many films to examine the attack and its legacy, ranging from the sublime (From Here to Eternity) to the bombastic (Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor). Perhaps none of the Pearl Harbor-inspired pictures are as ambitious and memorable as Tora! Tora! Tora!. Originally released in 1970, this epic U.S.-Japanese co-production details, from both sides, the events surrounding the bombing of Pearl Harbor that led to America’s entry into World War II. The fantastic cast includes Martin Balsam, Jason Robards, Jr., Soh Yamamura, E.G. Marshall and James Whitmore, and the film itself is rich with compelling human drama which treats its real world source material respectfully. On today’s anniversary, we remember those lost on that day and in WWII.