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Pearl Harbor (2001)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, History | 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 May 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tennessee  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$75,177,654 (USA) (25 May 2001)


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

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Technical Specs


| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

(70 mm print)| | | (8 channels)


(archive footage)| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The marketing for this film included teaser posters that incorporated Josh Hartnett, Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, and Cuba Gooding Jr. into 1940s-style war propaganda posters. See more »


During the Doolittle raid, as the B-25's are taking off from the Hornet they are portrayed as barely making off the deck. In reality the planes were literally leaping off the deck. The takeoff speed for the B-25 is about 80 M.P.H., the carrier sped up to about 25 M.P.H. and there was about a 40 M.P.H. wind blowing for a total of 65 M.P.H. before the planes even started rolling. They only needed about 15 M.P.H. more to become airborne. In short they were lifting off way before the calculated lift-off point. The only plane to have a close call was the one flown by Ted Lawson, the author of "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" and that's because he forgot to put his flaps down. See more »


Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle: Where'd you find religion?
Doolittle Co-Pilot: When you assigned me to this mission, Sir.
Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle: I want you to do me a favor.
Doolittle Co-Pilot: What's that, Colonel?
Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle: Pray for both of us.
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Crazy Credits

Unusually, Pearl Harbor started without showing the opening Touchstone and Bruckheimer logos; they only showed up after the end credits. See more »


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Historical Trivia
24 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In 1941 it cost the Empire of Japan 147 thousand dollars to stage the three hour attack on Pearl Harbor.

In 2001 Michael Bay spent $132 MILLION dollars to film the event, and ran four minutes longer.

Even taking into account 60 years of inflation, the Japanese did a better job with a smaller budget...

Due to the ten line minimum submission this may be too short - but sometimes less is more.

20th Century Fox already did the Pearl Harbor attack in Tora Tora Tora

  • and did an excellent job. Michael Bay should have left well enough


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