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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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Storyline

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

Taglines:

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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(archive footage)| (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

On his DVD commentary, Michael Bay argues that the heavily criticized first part of the film was very much designed to show the innocence and blasé attitude of Americans to the possibility of becoming embroiled in the "European war". He says that the reason this part of the film is so colorful and mirthful is because that's exactly what things were like back then - there was very much a sense of being untouchable, something which he says was emphasized time and again by the survivors to whom he spoke. Bay claims that many survivors say he got the pre-Pearl Harbor atmosphere perfect. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the attack scene, the placement of the battleships in Battleship Row changes. When the Oklahoma is shown capsizing, in some scenes she is correctly moored next to the Maryland, in other scenes she is next to the destroyed Arizona. In some parts the capsized ship is even surrounded by some sort of fog with no ships around her. When Admiral Kimmel is on the small boat touring the harbor after the attack, the Oklahoma is next to the Arizona and other battleships that seem to have been placed in a random clutter next to each other, instead of the line that they were in that morning. Even in the scene showing Pearl Harbor at an aerial view right before the attack, the Geography of Ford Island and the placement of the battleships is wrong. Battleship Row isn't even visible. See more »

Quotes

President Franklin D. Roosevelt: I like sub commanders. They have no time for bullshit, and neither do I.
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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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Referenced in Hot Fuzz (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Washington in the News
Written and Performed by Jack Shaindlin
Courtesy of Associated Production Music, LLC
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So bad I ended up cheering for the Japs!!
19 August 2006 | by (doncaster) – See all my reviews

A really, really bad movie..The acting was awful the action was OK in places but historically inaccurate beyond belief... Plot inaccuracy: Ben Afflecs character has dyslexia so severe he can't read an eye chart- fair enough - he then writes a letter every day to his sweetheart! What must of those letters been like? Written in crayon? Plot inaccuracy- Kate Bekinsale sticks her fingers in a guys jugular to stop the bleeding--but seconds later in the corridor she is looking all lovely and clean!! The bit when Ben Afflec is with the RAF fighting the Battle of Britain in 1941?? Ummmm...The Battle of Britain ended in September 1940! The British actors playing his comrades really look like they want to be sick or cry when they read out some of the lines... I think in the far future Pearl Harbor will go down as a classic really bad cult classic but I think it maybe for the 100th anniversary of the actual attack!!!


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