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Reviewed in the United States on October 2, 2017
The Final Countdown was released in 1980 and is an interesting and entertaining take on a time travel theme. What if a 1980 nuclear aircraft carrier was transported back to Dec. 6 1941, the day before Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan??

While the basic story holds up pretty well today the movie is a bit dated in some ways, but I think those don't matter much to enjoying the movie. For me (begin a Navy brat from the 1960's and 70's) I found the Corsairs and tomcats on the carrier pretty interesting. While the movie kept my interest and entertained me, it felt like they didn't quite nail the ending. I was left wanting a better plot twist. I don't want to give away anything to first time viewers. The ending does tie up loose ends.

The cast is excellent for its day with Kirk Douglas, James Farentino, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross and Charles Durning. Oh yes - and Ron O'Neil of SuperFly fame.

I think it's worth a watch if you like historical time travel with some sorta science fiction thrown in. I enjoyed seeing it again after 20+ years. Because the ending isn't as good as the bulk of the movie I'm giving it 4 stars. .
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4.0 out of 5 stars What if a 1980 nuclear aircraft carrier was transported back to Dec. 6 1941? What Would You Do If You Were In Command?
By Stephanie Sullivan on October 2, 2017
The Final Countdown was released in 1980 and is an interesting and entertaining take on a time travel theme. What if a 1980 nuclear aircraft carrier was transported back to Dec. 6 1941, the day before Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan??

While the basic story holds up pretty well today the movie is a bit dated in some ways, but I think those don't matter much to enjoying the movie. For me (begin a Navy brat from the 1960's and 70's) I found the Corsairs and tomcats on the carrier pretty interesting. While the movie kept my interest and entertained me, it felt like they didn't quite nail the ending. I was left wanting a better plot twist. I don't want to give away anything to first time viewers. The ending does tie up loose ends.

The cast is excellent for its day with Kirk Douglas, James Farentino, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross and Charles Durning. Oh yes - and Ron O'Neil of SuperFly fame.

I think it's worth a watch if you like historical time travel with some sorta science fiction thrown in. I enjoyed seeing it again after 20+ years. Because the ending isn't as good as the bulk of the movie I'm giving it 4 stars. .
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