“The Final Countdown” quotes

Movie The Final Countdown
Title The Final Countdown
Year 1980
Director Don Taylor
Genre Sci-Fi, Action
Plot – Because of a mysterious magnetic storm, an American nuclear aircraft travels back in time and comes back to the eve of the Japanese attack on the Hawaiian base Pearl Harbour. The commander has to make a choice: does he have to change the course of history or to let events follow as he knows?
All actors – Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross, James Farentino, Ron O'Neal, Charles Durning, Victor Mohica, James Coleman, Soon-Tek Oh, Joe Lowry, Alvin Ing, Mark Thomas
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  • “I'm talking about the classic paradox of time. Imagine, for example, I go back in time and meet my own grandfather. Long before he got married, before he had children. And we have an argument, and I kill him. Now if that happens, how am I ever going to be born? And if I can never be born, how can I go back in history and meet my very own...” (continue)(continue reading)
    Martin Sheen - Warren Lasky
    [Tag:paradoxes, time]
  • “In the past few hours many things have happened; rumors of nuclear attacks and a third world war are totally untrue. We have no reason to believe that any aggression has been taken against our homes our families. I believe what we stumbled across is not man-made but a phenomena of nature, one that can't be explained. This phenomena is the storm...” (continue)(continue reading)
    Kirk Douglas - Capt. Matthew Yelland
    [Tag:fear, nature, storm]
  • “- Warren Lasky: Think of the history of the next forty years...
    - Cdr. Richard Owens: I have a suspicion history will be a little more difficult to beat, than you imagine Mr. Lasky.”

    Martin Sheen - Warren Lasky
    James Farentino - Cdr. Richard Owens
    [Tag:future, history]
  • “- Capt. Matthew Yelland: If the United States falls under attack our job is to defend her in the past, present and future.
    - Warren Lasky: And after that?
    - Capt. Matthew Yelland: After that, we take our orders from the Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces.”

    Kirk Douglas - Capt. Matthew Yelland
    Martin Sheen - Warren Lasky
    [Tag:america, army, defense]
  • “- Capt. Matthew Yelland: Lasky, you've been a pain-in-the-ass... but I'm glad to have known you.
    - Warren Lasky: Thank you, Captain. I appreciate that.
    - Capt. Matthew Yelland: Good luck to you.”

    Kirk Douglas - Capt. Matthew Yelland
    Martin Sheen - Warren Lasky
  • “Arthur! Will you leave the girl enough clothes on not to catch cold?”

    Charles Durning - Senator Samuel Chapman