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The Final Countdown is a 1980 movie about an aircraft carrier that travels back in time to the day before Pearl Harbor was attacked.


  • Starring: Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen
  • Rated: PG for language
  • Released: 1980
  • Genre: Drama, Science Fiction, War
  • My Opinion: It Was Great


The Final Countdown is about an aircraft carrier that is caught in a time warp and sent back in time to December 6, 1941, the day before Pearl Harbor was attacked. Once the crew realizes and accepts what has happened, they are faced with the difficult decision of whether or not to interfere with history. Their knowledge and technology would be a powerful weapon to prevent the attack and defeat the enemy.


Wow, Kirk Douglas and Martin Sheen are just young pups in this movie! For a minute there I thought I was watching Charlie Sheen, not Martin. This was a novel idea for a time travel movie with decent special effects for being over thirty years old.

The Final Countdown dealt with the fascinating question of “If you could change history, would you?” The plot and dialogue were very engaging, and the idea of an apt and able death machine being placed in that specific moment of time was very interesting. However, I was disappointed in how the moral to the story was dealt with. Yes, all questions were answered, all conflicts were resolved, but I just needed a little more “umph” as to the why things ended up the way they did. But don’t let that deter you, The Final Countdown is a great movie!


  • You can rent The Final Countdown at any movie store or Netflix.
  • You can purchase this movie at Amazon.com.
  • There are also plenty of good used copies at eBay.


If you enjoyed The Final Countdown you might also like Pearl Harbor, starring Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett about two friends who fall in love with the same woman during the time of the Pearl Harbor attack.