In 1980, the US Navy's most powerful warship, the USS Nimitz, is caught in a storm during routine maneuvers in the Pacific. Enveloped by a strange green light, the ship passes through a vortex and when they emerge, their communications have been cut off. The ship's Captain sends out a patrol and the F-14 pilots are shocked to encounter vintage Japanese warplanes.

  1. David Ambrose

    Screenplay, Story

  2. Thomas Hunter

    Screenplay, Story

  3. Peter Powell

    Screenplay, Story

  4. Don Taylor


  5. Gerry Davis


Top Billed Cast

  1. Kirk Douglas

    Kirk Douglas

    Capt. Matthew Yelland

  2. Martin Sheen

    Martin Sheen

    Warren Lasky

  3. Katharine Ross

    Katharine Ross

    Laurel Scott

  4. James Farentino

    James Farentino

    Wing Commander Richard T. Owens

  5. Ron O'Neal

    Ron O'Neal

    Commander Dan Thurman

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The Final Countdown


Status Released

Release Information

  • August 1, 1980


    Some material may not be suitable for children under 10. These films may contain some mild language, crude/suggestive humor, scary moments and/or violence. No drug content is present. There are a few exceptions to this rule. A few racial insults may also be heard.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 43m

Budget $12,000,000.00

Revenue $16,647,800.00



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