The Final Countdown (1980)

Final Countdown

Why do Scott and Mike disagree on this film’s quality? How do planes take-off and land on aircraft carriers? And what is this new “fiction or fake” game? Listen now to find out! Scott Croco and Mike Young unhack The Final Countdown (1980) in this podcast episode.

When an aircraft carrier encounters a weather anomaly, the crew must figure out what happened and make decisions that could determine the past and the future. Kirk Douglas and Martin Sheen star in Don Taylor’s The Final Countdown (1980)!

Episode Log:

  • Director and Cinematographer bios (1:55)
  • Summary of The Final Countdown‘s story/plot (7:10)
  • Movie review (8:35)
  • USS Nimitz and F-14 Tomcat details (30:35)
  • Taking off and landing on an aircraft carrier (34:25)
  • Budget, Box Office, critics’ reactions (42:00)
  • “Fiction or Fake?” game (44:15)

If you enjoyed this episode you might also like our Electric Dreams episode.

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Episode 038 – The Final Countdown (1980) unhacked!
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Research sources:
Roger Ebert’s Review
How Stuff Works: Aircraft Carriers
F-14B Pocket Checklist

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