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
To shoot the strafing scenes for the airfield attack, a quarter-mile of pavement was lined with 50 sticks of dynamite and 500 gallons of gasoline. See more »
It would have been virtually impossible for Rafe to have served with the RAF. The movie makes it almost seem like some sort of secondment but, in actual fact, the US Army and government had a lot of rules and laws in place to prevent their serving airmen from flying with foreign air forces. The AVG Flying Tigers in China, for example, and the American Eagle squadrons in RAF service were manned by men who effectively broke military law and had to go by very circuitous routes to get there. Rafe would have had to resign his commission and work out how to get through a war zone as a civilian to end up flying Spitfires in Europe. Somehow he repeats the feat in reverse, turning up back at Pearl with his rank restored - very unlikely, especially when the USA was neutral and very hostile to the idea of its servicemen flying with other combatants. He more than likely would have been court martialled. See more »
Army Air Force Pilots who flew for the Eagle Squadron in the Battle of Britain had to resign from the Army. They did not arrive wearing their uniform.
Roosevelt never demonstrated to his cabinet how he struggled to walk again.
In the attack scene, the Japanese planes fly over Spruance class destroyers and Perry class Fast Frigates. These are ships built in the 70's & '80's Near the end of the film, Navy nurses are being awarded the Purple Heart. this is a medal awarded to armed forces personnel wounded in battle. I don't recall seeing any nurse wounded. And no pilot would ever play "chicken" in a military aircraft
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