The Final Countdown

Synopsis: In 1980, the assistant of the Department of Defense Warren Lasky is assigned by his mysterious chief Richard Tideman to visit the aircraft carrier USS Nimtz commanded by Capt. Matthew Yelland as an observer of the routines. Lasky finds that Wing Commander Richard T. Owens has a great knowledge of history. Out of the blue, the vessel faces a weird storm and they find that they have traveled back in time to the eve of the attack of Pearl Harbor on 06 December 1941. When the two Japanese Zeros attack the motorboat of Senator Samuel Chapman, the crew of the Nimitz rescues the senator and his assistant Laurel Scott. But sooner Lasky learns that the senator had disappeared on that day and Capt. Matthew Yelland is planning to attack the Japanese. Will these actions create a time paradox?
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Don Taylor
Production: Live Home Video
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
103 min

Have a nice day.

Mr. Tideman.

Mr. Lasky?

AW3 Marty Padanski.

Mr. Lasky? I'm Richard Tideman's

executive assistant.

- Glad to know ya. Are you going with me?

- No.

Mr. Tideman just wanted

to see you off.

- Is that him in the car?

- Yes.

Well, we've never met.

Can I introduce myself?

It isn't necessary,

Mr. Lasky.

As I said,

he came to see you off.

Well, thank him for me.

Take a look, sir.

Arizona Memorial.

She's now resting in 33 feet of water

in an upright position.

There were only 289 survivors.

Russian trawler.

What's it doing?

Not doing

much fishing!

I'll take it, sir.

Mr. Lasky, I'm Commander

Dan Thurman, executive officer.

- Welcome aboard.

- Thank you.

Now follow me

to the Bridge.

Stand clear, spot 3.

Helo-733, rotating.

- Give me 25 knots of wind over the deck.

- Aye, Captain.

- All ahead full.

- All ahead full, aye.

- Indicate 100 R.P.M.

- Indicate 100 R.P.M. Aye, sir.

Central Bridge,

all ahead full, 100 R.P.M.

- Continue fixed wing recovery.

- Aye, Captain.

Let's bring the CAG aboard.


your signal is Charlie.

- Set 52, Tomcat.

- Set 52, Tomcat.

T- minus 30 seconds.

Tomcat 200.

I'm on approach and lining up.

Gear coming down.

200, slightly right.

Gear down and locked.

Add power. Power.

All indicators green.

Hold there.

Hold it. Slightly left.

In the groove. Looks good.

In the port, Cat 1. Get below.

We still have aircraft to land.

I hear you're on assignment

from Tideman Industries

to the Defense Department, right?

- Yeah, that's right.

- What is your job, Mr. Lasky?

- I'm a systems analyst.

- Oh, efficiency expert, right?

Yeah, you could say that.

- That's a quick change in the weather.

- Yeah!

Sure is.

- Hi, CAG.

- It's getting a little strange out there, boys.

- Welcome aboard, Mr. Lasky.

- Thank you, Captain.

- Are we headed for a squall?

- Not an official one.

Sir, this is Commander Damon,

operations officer.

- How do you do, Mr. Lasky?

- Fine, thank you.

And Lieutenant Perry,

officer of the deck.

- How do you do, sir?

- Good, sir.

Mr. Lasky is going to be

taking a look

at how we do things

here aboard the Nimitz.

- We'll give you whatever help we can, sir.

- Thank you.

Our departure

was delayed two days

- at the request of your mysterious boss.

- I'm sorry about that, Captain

but I'm afraid Mr. Richard Tideman

is as much a mystery to me

- as he is to the rest of the world.

- Two days.

Perhaps the fact that Tideman

helped design and build this ship

affords him some

special privileges.

Corporal Kullman will escort you

while you're aboard ship.

- Right this way, sir.

- Oh, Mr. Lasky?

I'd be delighted if

you'd join me for dinner.

Thank you, Captain.

I'd like that.

Am I mistaken, or was Black Cloud's

forecast this morning

- for clear skies and sunshine?

- I'll bet he wishes it wasn't, sir.

Hand me that weather report,


Thank you.

What do you think it is?

It wasn't there

on the morning run.

Check all projection lenses,

and if it's not there, check all receivers.

Aye, aye, sir.

The Nimitz. Who's that?

- A Russian trawler.

- What's he want?

A big fish!

You've been assigned

Navigator's inport cabin, sir.

Connects with Commander Owens,

our air wing commander.

Your luggage has

been delivered, sir.

I'll be just outside, sir,

if there's anything you need.

Thank you.


"Pacific At War,

Commander Richard T. Owens."

Very well.

We're having communication problems

with the incoming flights.

- What do you mean?

- It's interference from the storm, sir.

- Get Black Cloud up here.

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David Ambrose

David Ambrose (born 21 February 1943) is a British novelist and screenwriter whose credits include at least 20 Hollywood films, three stage plays, and many hours of television, including the controversial Alternative 3. He was born in Chorley, England, and attended Blackburn Grammar School and Merton College, Oxford. He is married to artist Laurence Ambrose and lives in Switzerland. His screenplay for The Survivor (directed by David Hemmings) won the Best Script award at the International Film Festival of Catalonia. more…

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