Pearl Harbor is a classic tale of romance set during a war that complicates everything. It all starts when childhood friends Rafe and Danny become Army Air Corps pilots and meet Evelyn, a Navy nurse. Rafe falls head over heels and next thing you know Evelyn and Rafe are hooking up. Then Rafe volunteers to go fight in Britain and Evelyn and Danny get transferred to Pearl Harbor. While Rafe is off fighting everything gets completely whack and next thing you know everybody is in the middle of an air raid we now know as "Pearl Harbor." Written by
In the scene where the Japanese aircraft are approaching Hawaii, one of the CGI generated aircraft is a Kawasaki KI-64 "Rob". The Rob was an experimental twin engine aircraft with one engine in front of the pilot and one behind the pilot. Both of the engines drive shafts fed into a gear box that drove two contra rotating three bladed propellers. Only one was built, and it was a land based aircraft that did not make its first flight until 1943. See more »
Multiple New York-class battleships are shown being attacked in the raid. Neither of these ships was in the Pacific at the time. At the time of Pearl Harbor, the USS New York was in Newfoundland, and the USS Texas was in Maine. The USS Texas, the ship used in the filming process, was used as it was the only surviving World War II-era American battleship with features, like the 1930s-era tall, fire-director tripod masts, that could 'substitute' for the actual battleships in Hawaii on December 7. See more »
What if we have to bail out over Japan?
Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle:
Well, in that situation, I can't tell you what to do.
What would you do, colonel?
Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle:
I wasn't built to be a prisoner... so I would have my crew bail out. I'd find the sweetest military target I could and drive my plane right smack into the middle of it and kill as many of those bastards as I possibly could.
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Unusually, Pearl Harbor started without showing the opening Touchstone and Bruckheimer logos; they only showed up after the end credits. See more »
Superb film - Believable acting - Well written - Severely underrated
I seriously do not understand the utter hate toward this film by critics when writing their reviews. "Historically inaccurate" or "Just another love story" or "boring!"... If you want to see a film that is totally historically accurate, watch a documentary for heavens sake. This movie goes way out of proportion to what really happened that day in Pearl Harbor, but it is a MOVIE! Get over it. It's not supposed to be real.
The film as a whole is brilliantly written; it's not too soppy with the romance and not too over the top with pure action. People are saying that it's just too much shoot 'em up and too many explosions. Well, I got news for you... They're at war! Bombs will go off and guns will be fired from all places possible. If you want to see a movie that's not so explosive, watch Twilight.
To me personally, character development is very important in a movie and I believe Pearl Harbor succeeded with this. I grew attached to individuals and felt vulnerable as a member of the audience at the best of times. Absolutely superb watch, and I'd highly recommend it! If you're offended by a film not being entirely accurate, steer clear and stick to your documentaries.
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