The Final Countdown (1980) | Sunday Night Movies

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The Final Countdown (1980)

The Final Countdown is our classic Sunday Night Movie feature.

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On the website, we serve up tons of great content including this featured Sunday Night Movie,  From 1980, the movies stars Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katherine Ross, Charles Durning and James Farentino.

What if you could change the outcome of a horrendous event? That’s what this movie is all about.

Set in 1980, the USS Nimitz takes on a civilian observer, Warren Lasky (Martin Sheen), on the orders of his reclusive employer, Mr. Tideman, whose company designed and built the ship, as she departs Pearl Harbor for naval exercises in the Pacific.

Once at sea, Nimitz encounters a strange storm-like vortex, paralyzing the carrier’s radars and other equipment and plunging all officers and men into sheer agony, which quickly disappears after the ship passes through it. Initially unsure of what has happened, and having lost radio contact with Pacific Fleet Command, Captain Matthew Yelland (Kirk Douglas) orders general quarters and, fearing the possibility of a nuclear strike on Hawaii, launches an RF-8 Crusader reconnaissance aircraft, which returns with photographs of the intact 1941 U.S. Pacific battleship fleet at Pearl Harbor.

When you click to watch the movie below, it may take a few seconds to load up, you may get a quick, short commercial so be patient.

This really is a cool concept, think about it, what if you had the opportunity to prevent a major world-changing event like this?  It’s a great story and one of our favorites from the year.

The U.S. Navy fully cooperated for the production of this film with scenes filmed on the U.S.S. Nimitz aircraft carrier.

The movie was budgeted 12 million dollars and did over 56 million at the box office.

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