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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.
Why Is Tora! Tora! Tora! Rated G?
Tora! Tora! Tora! is rated G
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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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If you are looking for another film that chronicles military decisions behind the scenes, try 13 Days—a portrayal of the Cuban Missile Crisis. This story was put to film again in the 2001 film Pearl Harbor.
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Canadian Home Video Rating: PG
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Blu-ray Notes: Tora! Tora! Tora!
Blu-ray Release Date: 6 December 2011
Tora! Tora! Tora! releases to Blu-ray on December 6, 2011. This version includes the extended “Japanese Cut” containing 10 minutes of previously unreleased footage and rare photos from the Fox Archives.
DVD Notes: Tora! Tora! Tora!: 2-Disc Special Edition
DVD Release Date: 23 May 2006
Tora! Tora! Tora! blasts onto DVD in a 2-Disc Special Edition. Director Richard Fleisher and Japanese film historian Stewart Galbraith offer an audio commentary, which supports the amount of factual information contained in the movie. The inclusion of two documentaries provides even more historical background, as well as actual footage of the attack (a few mild profanities were noted). Film buffs will also appreciate the featurette AMC Backstory: Tora! Tora! Tora!, a behind-the-scenes stills gallery, ten Fox Movietone News clips, and the theatrical trailer. The 2006 DVD release features spectacular color and a Dolby Digital 4.1 soundtrack that puts it on par with current new releases. Audio tracks are available in English, French and Spanish, with subtitles in English and Spanish.