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Pearl Harbor (2001)

 -  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 - A Surprise Attack That Changed Their Lives Forever See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance | War

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)  »

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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

The climactic attack scenes were shot at the same Mexican studios used in the filming of Titanic (1997). See more »

Goofs

The Japanese zero aircraft depicted in the film are green, even though the ones used in the real attack in 1941 were painted grey. The Japanese Navy didn't paint their zeroes green until 1943. See more »

Quotes

Rafe: Returning from the dead wasn't all that I expected... but that's life.
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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 »

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Referenced in History Undercover: One Hour Over Tokyo (2001) See more »

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Lei Ika Mokihana
Written by Henry W. Walau
Performed by Kalama's Quartet
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By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Could have been better
17 August 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is supposed to be a World War 2 based movie. Its the sort of movie anyone would expect to be an accurate enough dramatisation of events that actually happened.

Instead what we get is an attempt to make another Titanic by including a love triangle that is dominant over the whole history aspect. It just doesn't seem right.

Being a historic epic, they could have cut down on the whole love story and focused more on what would have been relevant such as the Japanese preparation of the attack and the situation President Roosevelt was finding himself in. The sequence of the actual attack on Pearl Harbour was spectacular! Perhaps if they extended it and made it a more major part of the film it would have been more worthy. Another major flaw with this movie is that after the attack sequence the movie dragged on for another hour trying to give an epilogue which was totally irrelevant.

I reckon if these were taken aboard, then Pearl Harbor would have been a much better movie and perhaps would not have flopped at the box office.


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