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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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Nurse Betty Bayer (as James King)
Nurse Sandra
Joe (as Matt Davis)


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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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  »

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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?


Director Michael Bay, who got his start by directing music videos, also directed the music video for "There You'll Be" by Faith Hill, from this movie's soundtrack. See more »


Early in the film it is revealed that Rafe cannot read the letters off the chart for the vision test and then later on he writes letters to Evelyn while in England. He seems to be demonstrating symptoms of a Dyslexia. See more »


Evelyn: Every night I watch the sunset and soak up every last ray of its warmth, and send it from my heart to yours.
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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 »


Kaulana Ohilo Hanakahi
Written by Lena Machado
Performed by The Kalima Brothers
Courtesy of Tantalus Records, Inc., Cord International, and Hana Ola Records
By permission of Bully Music, LLC
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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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