Thirty Seconds Over TokyoHD Closed Captioning
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About the Movie
Oscar-winning legend Spencer Tracy ("Adam's Rib," "Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde"), Emmy-winner Van Johnson ("Battleground"), Oscar-nominee Robert Mitchum ("Cape Fear," "Ryan's Daughter") and Robert Walker ("Strangers on a Train") star in this classic Oscar-winning fact-based World War II picture about General Jimmy Doolittle's efforts to train American troops for the first airborne attacks on Japan. Oscar-winner Mervyn LeRoy ("The Wizard of Oz," "I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang") directed. Recently selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the 400 greatest American films of all time.
Several cuts above the typical WWII film
Given the 1944 production date, it's not surprising that this film has many of the formula heroic elements of period war movies -- but the factual story and tersely energetic direction take it far beyond the typical. Especially noteworthy and praiseworthy is that it doesn't just stop after the successful raid -- the harrowing story of the crew's struggle to return home is an epic in itself.
What a great movie!
Well made film about the first bombing raid on Japan. Fantastic blending of studio film and combat footage of the real Doolittle Raiders taking off from the Hornet. Van Johnson and Spencer Tracey are good in their rolls but this film almost has a documentary flavor. It seems told be very faithfull to the book written by Ted Lawson (Van Johnson). The story is riveting and every time I see it I am in awe of the 80 men who executed this daring raid. This film is historically accurate in every way as far as I can tell. Naturally, the wartime production is full of GIs cheerfully going off to face danger leaving their one and only love behind. That said , this film is a classic that tells the story of the beginning of Americas comeback after the Pearl Harbor attack. Every school boy and girl should watch this film for no other reason than to get an appreciation for the sacrifices made by our fathers mothers and grandparents during the war. Two Thumbs up, and a tip of my hat to iTunes for helping to keep history alive. Well Done!!!!