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Pearl Harbor (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Drama, Romance  |  25 May 2001 (USA)
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Pearl Harbor follows the story of two best friends, Rafe and Danny, and their love lives as they go off to join the war.

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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 shoppingurl3

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December 7, 1941 - The Day America Stood Still! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance | War

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Rated PG-13 for sustained intense war sequences, images of wounded, brief sensuality and some language | See all certifications »

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25 May 2001 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$56,452 (Italy) (17 August 2001)

Gross:

$198,539,855 (USA) (30 November 2001)
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Trivia

On his DVD commentary, director Michael Bay makes it very clear that he was not attempting to make a contemporary love story, but a 1940's love story; the type of story that could have been seen in films of the day. Bay claims that one of the reasons the love story plot was so derided by critics and rejected by audiences was simply because they weren't able to look at it from this perspective; that they weren't able to adopt the sense of innocence and carefree attitude necessary to accept it. Ben Affleck also addresses this aspect of the story on his own commentary - especially in relation to the much maligned 'champagne cork scene', pointing out that such a scene would be right at home in a 1940's romance film. See more »

Goofs

In the scene when Admiral Kimmel complains about transferring twelve destroyers to the Atlantic, the distinctive "mack" of a decommissioned Knox class frigate is clearly visible in the background. Another is visible in the background of the fight scene. The first ship of this class was not commissioned until 1975, and it was the only class of ship in the US Navy with this type of mack (combined mast and stack). See more »

Quotes

Rafe: Alright Danny we gonna show 'em how to fly. We gonna play chicken. You ready?
Danny: This ain't the farm and these ain't no crop dusters, I'm not playin chicken with ya.
Rafe: Ah, come on, now don't be a baby.
Danny: Not doin it Rafe.
Rafe: Well, I'm comin right at ya, you can turn or you can hit me. It's up to you.
Danny: Aah, why you always bustin my ass Rafe?
Danny: [sighs]
Danny: Which way ya goin?
Rafe: Uh, right, no left. Left. I'll go left.
Danny: Okay, we're goin left right?
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Boring! Boring! Boring!
26 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'd give this comic book level history lesson a "zero"{ not the plane} if I could. This film was obviously made for an audience that has no conception on what "Pearl" was all about, and will probably never know the real facts due to the politically correct blame America first attitude in contemporary left-wing dominated Hollywood.Basically it's a love story set against the events. None of the actors show a real sense or clue on what lifestyle was all about at that time.They seem way, way too modern. Their characters have contemporery feel that is totally out of place for the era.Not really too much you can say about them, except that they are very shallow and very, very boring.. Then there are the events themself, which almost seem like an afterthought. The planes fly in, bomb their targets and escape while we are caught with our pants down. The much ballyhooed air raid sequence looks more like a video gamoe or a sequence from "Star Wars" with all the CGI effects looking exactly like what they are. And how 'bout the part where FDR miraculously rises out of his wheelchair on his own? I'm surprised there wasn't a haleullah chorus and "praise the Lord" after that!There are so many anachronisms in this film that you can drive the proverbial Mack truck through them. Especially offesive are the US navy ships that were not launched until at least 30 years after the facts! Since the producers went CGI with it, why couldn't they do it right? I can go on and on ,but you get the picture. If you want the real facts, see "Tora! Tora! Tora!", There may be a few errrors there, but at least they got it right. This movie is so rotten, it's only good for laughs!Zero stars.


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