December 7th: The Pearl Harbor Story

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December 7th: The Pearl Harbor Story

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December 7th: The Pearl Harbor Story

John Ford's December 7th, was banned by the U.S. Government for nearly fifty years. This special edition is now available; presenting the fully restored, 82-minute version, with subtitles added to the controversial Japanese language sequences and a special "behind the scene" Introduction. This full-length version stars Walter Huston as Uncle Sam and is set in Honolulu on the day before the Japanese attack. On Sunday morning, December 7th, air squadrons appear, "swooping down like flights of tiny locust". The attack on Pearl harbor, America's first battle of World War II, is vividly illustrated as only Hollywood can do.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Apr 19 2001
  • Production Year 2001
  • Empire SKU 28027
  • UPC Code 089859050725
  • Studio  VCI Home Video/ Magic Lantern
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Universal Newsreel - Pearl Harbor First Films!
Movietone News Extra - First Actual Battle Films, Includes Comments by Al Brick, the Movietone Cameraman who Filmed the Footage
Japan's Reaction - When this "uncensored" version was first shown in Japan in 1995 it was treated as a major news story. See the actual newscast.
Full Commentary by Four Actual Pearl Harbor Survivors!
Learn the inside story on how the un-cut version of December 7th was made and why the U.S. Government kept it classified and away from public view for decades
Compare the "Cut" and "Uncensored" Versions!
Frank Capra's Infamous Know Your Enemy: Japan (1945 - 62 minutes) - Produced for the U.S. Army, this propaganda piece is a combination of authentic newsreels captured enemy films, scenes from Japanese feature films, plus re-enactments filmed in Hollywood


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

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