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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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Experience the event that changed the world. See more »

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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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Budget:

$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

The shots of the series of six explosions in Battleship Row were filmed by 14 cameras in total and were actually staged on real Navy ships. While on a location scout above Pearl Harbor, Michael Bay looked down and saw a line of ships doing nothing. He learned that these ships were part of the inactive fleet, and so he decided to use them for the explosions. The explosive charges were put on the real ships on plywood for protection, with 700 sticks of dynamite, 2000 feet of cord and 4000 gallons of gasoline being used. The six 600-foot ship explosions took a month and a half to rig (with 500 individual bombs on each boat). During the scene, there were also over 100 extras in the harbor and six real planes had to fly past the ships. In total, the shots took seven months of coordination among every department on the film, the local government of Hawaii, the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the US Navy to ensure everything went off without a hitch. In the end, the explosions themselves lasted only seven seconds and comprised only 12 seconds of on-screen time. See more »

Goofs

While attempting to free drowning sailors one engineer can be seen using a welding torch to cut the hull. The torch's sound is that of an arc welding torch which would have been too bulky and dangerous to use on a capsized vessel. See more »

Quotes

Rafe: Earl, I said get some guns in that goddamn tower
Earl: Right, guns in the tower, ten stories high. It's a long son-of-a-bitch
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Little Brown Jug
Written by Joseph Winner
Arranged by Bill Finegan (as Willian Finnegan, Jr.)
Performed by Glenn Miller
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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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