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
Filming was completed in 109 days, one day over schedule. Over the course of the shoot, 3,906 set-ups were filmed - around 39 set-ups a day. Over three hundred hours of material was shot, and there were over three thousand crew-members in total. See more »
American pilots serving with the RAF were not released from service until after the U.S. entered the war as an ally. It would have been extremely unlikely for Rafe to be back in U.S. service before Pearl Harbor unless he deserted from the RAF (in which case the U.S. Army Air Corps would not have accepted him). See more »
Army Air Force Pilots who flew for the Eagle Squadron in the Battle of Britain had to resign from the Army. They did not arrive wearing their uniform.
Roosevelt never demonstrated to his cabinet how he struggled to walk again.
In the attack scene, the Japanese planes fly over Spruance class destroyers and Perry class Fast Frigates. These are ships built in the 70's & '80's Near the end of the film, Navy nurses are being awarded the Purple Heart. this is a medal awarded to armed forces personnel wounded in battle. I don't recall seeing any nurse wounded. And no pilot would ever play "chicken" in a military aircraft
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