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Pearl Harbor (2001)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, History | 25 May 2001 (USA)
A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941.

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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 - The Day America Stood Still! See more »


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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Tennessee  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$75,177,654 (USA) (25 May 2001)

Gross:

$198,539,855 (USA) (30 November 2001)
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(70 mm print)| | | (8 channels)

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(archive footage)| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There are four one hundred percent CGI shots in the film: the shot of the bomb falling toward the U.S.S. Arizona, the two shots of the explosion of the Arizona as it jumps upwards in the water, and the two Japanese Zeroes pitching down towards Battleship Row. See more »

Goofs

When Rafe and the other pilots are attempting to reach their planes, he tells them that P-40s can't outrun Zeroes, but can out-turn them. Not only is this information untrue, in fact the truth is quite the opposite, but how would he know this information? The Zero was only introduced in 1940, and very few, if any, Americans had ever seen it in action before Pearl Harbor. See more »

Quotes

Rafe: Alright Danny we gonna show 'em how to fly. We gonna play chicken. You ready?
Danny: This ain't the farm and these ain't no crop dusters, I'm not playin chicken with ya.
Rafe: Ah, come on, now don't be a baby.
Danny: Not doin it Rafe.
Rafe: Well, I'm comin right at ya, you can turn or you can hit me. It's up to you.
Danny: Aah, why you always bustin my ass Rafe?
Danny: [sighs]
Danny: Which way ya goin?
Rafe: Uh, right, no left. Left. I'll go left.
Danny: Okay, we're goin left right?
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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 »

Connections

References Love Me Tender (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

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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C'est magnifique, c'est ne le guerre pas!
28 January 2003 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

(Please excuse my French, it's probably wrong)

Roll up, roll up! See the cinematic spectacle of 2001! See the horrible deaths of 2500 or so people commemorated by a film about two guys who fly fast planes really fast. See them go ZOOOOOOOOM, see them go WHIIIIZZZZ! See them reprise the 'flypast and debriefing' scenes from Top Gun. Watch the beautiful love story unfold. See the true love two people have for one another tested and broken when Kate Beckinsale comes between them.

See a fine young actor reduced to playing Token Black Guy. Watch as he fights to prove he's more than a Token Black Guy, even though he's given so little to do that he ends up as nothing more than a Token Black Guy (even though, unlike the two guys in the planes, Token Black Guy actually existed).

Watch the awful bombing of a military target. Watch the heroic bombing of a city. Watch Jon Voigt recreate Peter Sellars' unforgettable character Dr. Strangelove.

Watch the whole reality of war, and the lives and deaths therein trivialised to make a Big Dumb Action Movie that thinks it's some kind of ghastly tribute to the American dead of December the 7th.

Or better still... don't!

On the other hand, if you want an unrealistic film with ponderously paced romance, fighter planes zooming all over the place and nice explosions, check this out. It's a lot of fun. Just don't take it seriously - you'll only encourage them!


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