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Pearl Harbor (2001)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, History | 25 May 2001 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Zola ...
Lt. Anthony Fusco
Nurse Betty Bayer (as James King)
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


December 7, 1941 - It Was A Sunday Morning... 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)  »

Also Known As:

Tennessee  »

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Box Office


$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$75,177,654, 27 May 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

(70 mm print) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| (DTS HD Master Audio 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| (Dolby Digital 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| (8 channels) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| (Dolby Atmos) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| (D-Cinema prints) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)


(archive footage)| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Michael Bay, after the film came out, he got a letter from Daniel Martínez, the world's foremost expert on Pearl Harbor, and the Director of the Pearl Harbor Museum. In the letter, Bay says that Martinez wrote, "You got the essence of what happened right." See more »


When Rafe and Danny are giving blood, a Catholic priest is administering Last Rites to a dying serviceman. He concludes his prayer with the use of "Holy Spirit" and not "Holy "Ghost" when he makes the Sign of the Cross. Holy Spirit did not replace Holy Ghost until the 2nd Vatican Council in the mid 1960s. See more »


Rafe: Returning from the dead wasn't all that I expected... but that's life.
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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 »


Remake of Sangam (1964) See more »


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Historically inaccuracies
4 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

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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