On the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack that brought the U.S. into World War II, five films that deal with the bombing of Pearl Harbor and its aftermath:
1. From Here to Eternity (1953) -- Famous for its Burt Lancaster-Deborah Kerr kissing-in-the-sand and-surf scene -- and for the Oscar-winning work of Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed, not to mention its Best Picture Academy Award -- Fred Zinneman’s adaptation of the James Jones’ novel follows a group of soldiers stationed on Oahu in the weeks leading up to the attack.
2.Tora! Tora! Tora! (1971) – How’s that Joni Mitchell song go -- ”I’ve looked at global military conflagration from both sides now?” An all-star take on the December 7 bombing, as seen from Japanese and American perspectives. With So Yamamura, E.G. Marshall, Jason Robards and hundreds of nose-diving kamikaze pilots.
3. In Harm’s Way (1965) – Otto Preminger directs John Wayne, Henry Fonda and Kirk Douglas in the black-and-white WWII epic set on Hawaii in the wake of the historic attacks.
4. Pearl Harbor (2001) – The Michael Bay/Jerry Bruckheimer blockbuster marshals the mighty re-enacting skills of Josh Hartnett, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alec Baldwin and Kate Beckinsale (and Jon Voight as FDR), deploying hundreds of visual effects techies, and going on for 183 minutes -- longer than the actual surprise strike itself.
5. The Winds of War (1983) Slow-going TV miniseries, with Robert Mitchum, Jan-Michael Vincent and Ali MacGraw among the throng, culminating with the historic conflagration in the early hours of Dec. 7.