The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it, while their wives wait nervously and anxiously at home for the good news or the bad news.
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
The take-off sequence for Doolittle's Raid, was filmed onboard the U.S.S. Constellation CV-64, off the coast of San Diego, California, and the U.S.S. Lexington Museum CV-16 in Corpus Christi, Texas. See more »
During the raid on Tokyo, the radio transmissions of the pilots could be heard on receivers in Honolulu. This would have required exactly the right atmospheric conditions in order for aircraft radio transmissions to be heard several thousand miles away. These conditions are fairly rare and could not be counted on to occur reliably. Reliable reception of aircraft radio at those distances would require satellite-based radio which, of course, did not exist in 1941. See more »
Be careful with the lady folk... they cloud the mind.
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Superb film - Believable acting - Well written - Severely underrated
I seriously do not understand the utter hate toward this film by critics when writing their reviews. "Historically inaccurate" or "Just another love story" or "boring!"... If you want to see a film that is totally historically accurate, watch a documentary for heavens sake. This movie goes way out of proportion to what really happened that day in Pearl Harbor, but it is a MOVIE! Get over it. It's not supposed to be real.
The film as a whole is brilliantly written; it's not too soppy with the romance and not too over the top with pure action. People are saying that it's just too much shoot 'em up and too many explosions. Well, I got news for you... They're at war! Bombs will go off and guns will be fired from all places possible. If you want to see a movie that's not so explosive, watch Twilight.
To me personally, character development is very important in a movie and I believe Pearl Harbor succeeded with this. I grew attached to individuals and felt vulnerable as a member of the audience at the best of times. Absolutely superb watch, and I'd highly recommend it! If you're offended by a film not being entirely accurate, steer clear and stick to your documentaries.
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