Pearl Harbor: December 7th/Recognition of the Japanese Zero [DVD] [1943]

  • SKU: 5201989
  • Release Date: 06/26/2001
  • Rating: PG
Produced on behalf of the US government, December 7th is just as slick and professional as any of director John Ford's "civilian" films. With the not inconsiderable contribution of cinematographer Gregg Toland, Ford literally recreates the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, and even manages to build up suspense by staging several scenes of the unsuspecting military personnel at work, play and worship. So convincing were many of the attack scenes that they have since been excerpted in several documentaries, leading the more impressionable viewers to ponder why the film's cameramen were foresighted enough to have set up their equipment at the precise moment of the bombing! As originally intended, the film (narrated by Walter Huston) was a stern criticism of America's lack of preparedness by lining up its entire fleet like sitting ducks at Pearl Harbor. The government didn't like this aspect of December 7th and ordered it removed; still, the remaining 34-minute docudrama (pared down from feature length) ended up winning an Academy Award.
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5 out of 5)

Special Features


  • Interactive Menus
  • Scene index
  • Quiz

Synopsis


December 7th
Produced on behalf of the U.S. government, December 7th is just as slick and professional as any of director John Ford's "civilian" films. With the not inconsiderable contribution of cinematographer Gregg Toland, Ford literally recreates the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, and even manages to build up suspense by filming several scenes of the unsuspecting military personnel at work, play, and worship. So convincing were many of the attack scenes that they have since been excerpted in several documentaries, leading the more impressionable viewers to ponder why the film's cameramen were foresighted enough to have set up their equipment at the precise moment of the bombing! As originally intended, the film, narrated by Walter Huston, was a stern criticism of America's lack of preparedness at Pearl Harbor (the entire fleet were lined up like sitting ducks). The government didn't like this aspect of December 7th and ordered it removed; still, the remaining 34-minute docudrama (pared down from feature length) ended up winning an Academy Award. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Walter Huston
    Walter Huston
  • Harry Davenport
    Harry Davenport
  • Dana Andrews
    Dana Andrews



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    True to events

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    SuziQ
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    My husband is a history buff and was interested in what really happened at Pearl Harbor so I bought this for him. It is full of government footage of the attack and kept him interested until the end.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great

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    Havenless80
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    I thought this was a really good and interesting movie about pearl harbor

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Eye opening

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    Lynaria1
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    Based on such a sad time in our history but is worth watching I really did learn a lot.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Movie

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    Nitin
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    Good movie to watch. Nice movie. Available at a very cheap price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Value, Product & Service

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    StarlynWarlord
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    Excellent Value...Excellent Product...Excellent Service

    I would recommend this to a friend


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