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Tora! Tora! Tora!

If you're interested in sharing a piece of military history with your children, a la Hollywood, yet are concerned about the extreme violence in many newer war epics, Tora! Tora! Tora! may be the perfect alternative. A joint effort between American and Japanese filmmakers, the movie recounts the events leading up to the WWII attack of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec 7, 1941. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A-
Violence: C
Sexual Content: A
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 145
Theater Release: 22 Sep 1970
Video Release: 06 Dec 2011
MPAA Rating: G
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Why Is Tora! Tora! Tora! Rated G?


Overall: A- Created before computers could make light work of a major battle sequence, Tora! Tora! Tora! has long been hailed as an historical recounting of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The DVD edition, complete with documentary and commentary from the U.S. director of the movie, provides additional insight into this infamous day. Parents should expect war violence, but never to the point of being gratuitous, however some may be concerned about the amount of mild profanities. Also, note that by today’s criteria, this film would rate PG or perhaps PG-13.

Violence: C Most of the movie involves preparation for the attack. All violence is contained within the actual attack sequence: Two men shot at by planes but not hit. Machine guns shoot down plane. Men shot at in open field. Three men are shot; two men possibly killed or injured by bomb. Men flee from tarmac as planes are destroyed. Men injured by falling debris. Dead bodies seen. Plane shot down. Men hit by bombs. Two planes attempting to take off are bombed causing them to hit other parked planes and creating an explosion. Supply truck is bombed—driver assumed to be dead or heavily injured. Men blown overboard by bomb blast. Men inside flooding ship struggle to get out. Two men with clothes on fire have flames extinguished by other men. Three more planes shot down. Jeep crashes with driver thrown to the floor of vehicle. Man operating a gun has injured bloody arm. Man in disabled plane deliberately crashes into airplane hanger causing explosion.

Sexual Content: A

Language: C+ At least: 2 moderate profanities, 27 mild profanities, 5 terms of deity used as expletives or profanities, and 3 uses of a racial slang term.

Alcohol / Drug Use: B- Some characters are briefly seen smoking, as are other background extras. Social drinking.

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