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The Final Countdown

In 1980, the US Navy's most powerful warship, the USS Nimitz, is caught in a storm during routine manoeuvres in the Pacific. Enveloped by a strange green light, the ship passes through a vortex and when they emerge, their communications have been cut off. The ship's Captain (Kirk Douglas) sends out a patrol and the F-14 pilots are shocked to encounter vintage Japanese warplanes.

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Released: Jul 9th, 1980
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The Final Countdown Main Cast

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Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
plays Capt. Matthew Yelland
Martin Sheen
Martin Sheen
plays Warren Lasky
Katharine Ross
Katharine Ross
plays Laurel Scott
James Farentino
James Farentino
plays Wing Commander Richard T. Owens /…
Ron O'Neal
Ron O'Neal
plays Cmdr. Dan Thurman
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • The grand finale, where Lasky is invited into the limo and drives away from the ship, was filmed at Nimitz's home port in Norfolk, Virginia. The limo is headed straight off the end of Pier 12.
  • Movie Goof (factual errors): The Nimitz crew intercepted some radio transmissions from the Japanese Imperial Navy ships. But this would have never happened because the Japanese Imperial Navy kept a very strict radio silence in order to avoid detection before the Pearl Harbor attack.
  • The sailors on the carrier are playing a board war game by Avalon Hill called "Squad Leader".
  • Reportedly, the filming wrapped early on the U.S.S. Nimitz as it was recalled to its home base so that it could take on the helicopters and crew that were used in the ill-fated "Operation Eagle Claw", the attempt to rescue the U.S. Embassy Iranian Hostages in 1980.
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