History Film / TheFinalCountdown

27th Nov '17 8:15:44 AM Bense
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* MassTeleportation

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* MassTeleportationMassTeleportation: It's a very convenient Mass Teleportation as well, taking ''Nimitz'' and her nearby aircraft in each case, but not her escort ships or anybody else.
27th Nov '17 8:13:52 AM Bense
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* CoolBoat: USS ''Nimitz'', first ship of her class, and the largest warship in the world at the time.

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* CoolBoat: USS ''Nimitz'', first ship of her class, and the largest warship in the world at the time. As can be seen from the poster, the ''Nimitz'' and her aircraft are the real stars of the movie.
27th Nov '17 8:11:23 AM Bense
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** Some of the scenes glimpsed there are taken from Film/ToraToraTora rather than the actual Pearl Harbor attack.
20th Nov '17 7:23:22 AM CobaltJacket
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Now they have a dilemma. Return Senator Chapman to Pearl Harbor, and not only can he alter history by becoming President, but now he's seen the ''Nimitz'' and thinks that it's part of a secret weapons program intended to trap the Japanese and make FDR a hero. Don't return him, and they've kidnapped or possibly murdered a public official of the United States. Amid the preparations for the upcoming battle, it's decided to compromise: drop the Senator and his beautiful assistant, Laurel Scott (Katharine Ross), off on a deserted island where they can ride out the war. Needless to say, Chapman isn't too happy when he finds out. Nor, it seems, is history changed so easily, as the time storm puts in one final appearance...

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Now they have a dilemma. Return Senator Chapman to Pearl Harbor, and not only can he alter history by becoming President, but now he's seen the ''Nimitz'' and thinks that it's part of a secret weapons program intended to trap the Japanese and make FDR a hero. Don't return him, and they've kidnapped or possibly murdered a public official of the United States. Amid the preparations for the upcoming battle, it's decided to compromise: drop the Senator and his beautiful assistant, Laurel Scott (Katharine Ross), off on a deserted island where they can ride out the war. Needless to say, Chapman isn't too happy when he finds out. Nor, it seems, is history changed so easily, as the time storm puts in one final appearance...



* AlienSpaceBats: How the time storm comes to exist, how it works, and why it's targeting the ''Nimitz'' is left completely unexplained. The Creator/MartinCaidin {{novelization}} implies that it would be explained in a sequel, which never happened.
* ArtisticLicenseShips: mostly averted due to Navy backing, but the final scene substituted the ''USS Kitty Hawk'', as at the time the movie was filmed the ''Nimitz'' was part of the Atlantic fleet, which would've made sailing into Pearl Harbor somewhat difficult.
** When the ''Nimitz'' goes to General Quarters, there is a dramatic scene of Marines jumping over the ship's anchor chains. The trouble is, this room (the forecastle) is at the very front of the ship where Marines are not quartered, and the men are simply running from port to starboard.

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* AlienSpaceBats: How the time storm comes to exist, how it works, and why it's targeting the ''Nimitz'' is left completely unexplained. The Creator/MartinCaidin {{novelization}} implies that it would be explained in a sequel, which never happened.
* ArtisticLicenseShips: mostly averted due to Navy backing, but the final scene substituted the ''USS Kitty Hawk'', as at the time the movie was filmed the ''Nimitz'' was part of the Atlantic fleet, which would've made sailing into Pearl Harbor somewhat difficult.
** When the ''Nimitz'' goes to General Quarters, there is a dramatic scene of Marines jumping over the ship's anchor chains. The trouble is, this room (the forecastle) is at the very front of the ship where Marines are not quartered, and the men are simply running from port to starboard.



** The finale shows the real dock of the ''Nimitz'': trouble is, in the final scene the limousine is going to drive off the end of it and into the ocean.
* BangBangBANG: During the hostage crisis in the ''Nimitz'' sickbay, the people seem more shaken by the bloodshed than by the effects of multiple assault rifles being fired on full auto in a small room.

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** The finale shows the real dock of the ''Nimitz'': trouble is, in the final scene the limousine is going to drive off the end of it and into the ocean.
* AudienceSurrogate: Lasky is the "TheEveryman" stand-in for the audience.
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BangBangBANG: During the hostage crisis in the ''Nimitz'' ''Nimitz'''s sickbay, the people seem more shaken by the bloodshed than by the effects of multiple assault rifles being fired on full auto in a small room.



* CoolBoat: The USS ''Nimitz'', first ship of her class, and the largest warship in the world at the time.
* CurbStompBattle: Two F-14 Tomcats versus two [=A6M=] Zeros. Heavily [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]]. The ''Nimitz'''s air wing would have similarly shredded the Japanese attack force, but never gets a chance.

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* CoolBoat: The USS ''Nimitz'', first ship of her class, and the largest warship in the world at the time.
* CurbStompBattle: Two F-14 Tomcats versus two [=A6M=] Zeros. Heavily [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]]. The ''Nimitz'''s air wing would have similarly shredded the Japanese attack force, but never gets a chance.



* FighterLaunchingSequence: The film is replete with these; the very first shot of the film starts off with an F-14 taking off from (the modern-day) Pearl Harbor airfield. There are also numerous shots of Navy warplanes taking off and landing on the ''Nimitz'', including one scene where the strike group sent to attack the Japanese fleet is launched, which takes several minutes to play out.
* GrandfatherParadox: Discussed and a reason not to use the Nimitz to win WWII in a matter of weeks. Besides the issue of changing the fates of millions of people and possibly preventing some of the crew's parents from meeting, the Nimitz itself is in danger. A swift end to WWII means no Manhattan Project, which in turn means Hyman Rickover never gets the chance to start the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program, which means no nuclear powered ''USS Nimitz''.

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* FighterLaunchingSequence: The film is replete with these; the very first shot of the film starts off with an F-14 taking off from (the modern-day) Pearl Harbor airfield. There are also numerous shots of Navy warplanes taking off and landing on the ''Nimitz'', including one scene where the strike group sent to attack the Japanese fleet is launched, which takes several minutes to play out.
* GrandfatherParadox: Discussed and a reason not to use the Nimitz ''Nimitz'' to win WWII WorldWarII in a matter of weeks. Besides the issue of changing the fates of millions of people and possibly preventing some of the crew's parents from meeting, the Nimitz ''Nimitz'' itself is in danger. A swift end to WWII World War II means no Manhattan Project, which in turn means Hyman Rickover never gets the chance to start the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program, which means no nuclear powered ''USS Nimitz''.USS ''Nimitz''.



* HonorBeforeReason: Yelland plans to use the ''Nimitz'' to turn the tide of Pearl Harbor because he's a U.S. Navy captain and obligated to defend his country, never mind the paradoxes it would create.

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* HonorBeforeReason: Yelland plans to use the ''Nimitz'' to turn the tide of Pearl Harbor because he's a U.S. Navy captain and obligated to defend his country, never mind the paradoxes it would create.



* OhCrap: Just look at the faces of the Japanese pilots when the F-14s scream past them, it's ''priceless''

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* OhCrap: Just look at the faces of the Japanese pilots when the F-14s scream past them, it's ''priceless''''priceless''.



* SemperFi: US Marines can be seen acting as security personnel onboard the ''Nimitz'', as per their traditional role aboard Navy ships.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Does the ''Nimitz'' cause the StableTimeLoop by rescuing Senator Chapman? Commander Owens certainly thinks so.

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* SemperFi: US Marines can be seen acting as security personnel onboard the ''Nimitz'', as per their traditional role aboard Navy ships.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Does the ''Nimitz'' cause the StableTimeLoop by rescuing Senator Chapman? Commander Owens certainly thinks so.



* SpyShip: The ''[=USS=] Nimitz'' task force shadowed by a Soviet-flagged "fishing trawler" that isn't doing much fishing.

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* SpyShip: The ''[=USS=] [=USS=] '' Nimitz'' task force shadowed by a Soviet-flagged "fishing trawler" that isn't doing much fishing.



* TemporalSickness: Passage through the time storm is extremely disorienting to everyone on the ''Nimitz''.

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* TemporalSickness: Passage through the time storm is extremely disorienting to everyone on the ''Nimitz''.



* YouAlreadyChangedThePast: All their worrying about changing the future is for naught because... they're doing exactly what happened in the first place. The Nimitz was ''always'' there at the time of Pearl Harbor.

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* YouAlreadyChangedThePast: All their worrying about changing the future is for naught because... they're doing exactly what happened in the first place. The Nimitz ''Nimitz'' was ''always'' there at the time of Pearl Harbor.



* YouWouldntBelieveMeIfIToldYou: Not the precise words, but occurs twice - once when Commander Owens is trying to avoid explaining their presence in 1941 to Laurel and Sen. Chapman; and again after the ''Nimitz'' has returned to Pearl, as admirals are storming aboard to demand to know how an entire aircraft carrier got lost in the Pacific Ocean.

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* YouWouldntBelieveMeIfIToldYou: Not the precise words, but occurs twice - once when Commander Owens is trying to avoid explaining their presence in 1941 to Laurel and Sen. Chapman; and again after the ''Nimitz'' has returned to Pearl, as admirals are storming aboard to demand to know how an entire aircraft carrier got lost in the Pacific Ocean.
1st Nov '17 2:09:16 PM garthvader
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** When the ''Nimitz'' goes to General Quarters, there is a dramatic scene of Marines jumping over the ship's anchor chains. The trouble is, this room (the forecastle) is at the very front of the ship where Marines are not quartered, and the men are simply running from port to starboard.
** The yacht, despite supposedly being in the open ocean, is quite clearly tethered at both ends.
** The finale shows the real dock of the ''Nimitz'': trouble is, in the final scene the limousine is going to drive off the end of it and into the ocean.



* JustPlaneWrong: Although the US aircraft are, indeed, correct (see above, about Pentagon backing and filming aboard the actual USS ''Nimitz''), the [=A6Ms=] were really T-6 "Texan" trainers. T-6 "Texans" being [[WeaponsUnderstudies rather easier to come by]] than intact [=A6M=] Zeros.

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* JustPlaneWrong: Although the US aircraft are, indeed, correct (see above, about Pentagon backing and filming aboard the actual USS ''Nimitz''), the [=A6Ms=] were really T-6 "Texan" trainers.trainers (to be exact, Navy SNJ models). T-6 "Texans" being [[WeaponsUnderstudies rather easier to come by]] than intact [=A6M=] Zeros.
9th Jul '17 10:25:07 AM nombretomado
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Warren Lasky (Creator/MartinSheen), an independent observer tasked with evaluating Navy procedures, is an unwelcome guest on the aircraft carrier USS ''Nimitz'', which is departing Pearl Harbor for an otherwise routine cruise. A few days into the cruise, things change when the carrier is suddenly pursued and overtaken by a mysterious electromagnetic storm. Emerging from the storm, the sailors find themselves cut off from modern civilization -- their communications don't work, their escorts have vanished, and there are no ships or planes on radar. However, they are able to pick up shortwave radio broadcasts that seem to date from WorldWarTwo.

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Warren Lasky (Creator/MartinSheen), an independent observer tasked with evaluating Navy procedures, is an unwelcome guest on the aircraft carrier USS ''Nimitz'', which is departing Pearl Harbor for an otherwise routine cruise. A few days into the cruise, things change when the carrier is suddenly pursued and overtaken by a mysterious electromagnetic storm. Emerging from the storm, the sailors find themselves cut off from modern civilization -- their communications don't work, their escorts have vanished, and there are no ships or planes on radar. However, they are able to pick up shortwave radio broadcasts that seem to date from WorldWarTwo.
UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
26th Jun '17 1:42:18 PM ixfd64
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* SwirlyEnergyThingy: The time warp.
19th Jun '16 5:13:53 PM HiddenWindshield
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* HostageSituation: Happens when a surviving Japanese pilot overpowers a guard and grabs not one, but -''two''- guns.

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* HostageSituation: Happens when a surviving Japanese pilot overpowers a guard and grabs not one, but -''two''- ''two'' guns.
8th Jun '16 11:37:52 AM Mdumas43073
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15th Apr '16 3:33:10 AM morenohijazo
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* SpyShip: The ''[=USS=] Nimitz'' task force shadowed by a Soviet-flagged "fishing trawler" that isn't doing much fishing.
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