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Pearl Harbor (2001) Poster

(2001)

Alternate Versions

A speech by Evelyn (Kate Beckinsale) which tells how America helped win the war despite the attack at Pearl Harbor has been altered for Japanese and German releases, with the word "us" changed to "America's"
Other alterations made in the Japanese versions include:
  • the December 7th date was changed to December 8th due to the time zone difference in Japan;


  • the words "Jap Suckers" changed to "Japs";


  • Colonel James Doolittle's (Alec Baldwin) line "Kill as many of those bastards as possible" was changed to "I myself would choose a tasty target";


  • Evelyn's (Kate Beckinsale) line "Before Doolittle's raid, Americans knew nothing but defeat; after it, nothing but victory" was changed to "After it, there was hope of victory";


  • a scene showing Japanese women in traditional kimonos and carrying parasols during Doolittle's Raid on Tokyo was omitted.


DVD version in Hong Kong is also similar to the one in Japan as described, but:
  • the December 7th date is NOT changed;


  • Colonel James Doolittle's (Alec Baldwin) line "Kill as many of those bastards as possible" was changed to "I myself would choose a sweet little target";


  • a scene showing Japanese women in traditional kimonos and carrying parasols during Doolittle's Raid on Tokyo was NOT omitted.


The Vista Series DVD release includes a Director's Cut of the movie with additional material/footage. The most notable differences from the theatrical version are as follows:
  • Some of the dialogue has been trimmed in the scene where Rafe (Ben Affleck) arrives in London.


  • The scene where Betty (Jaime King) talks about not liking church has some new dialogue, and some pre-existing dialogue appears to be from different takes.


  • The scene where Evelyn (Kate Beckinsale) and Danny ('Josh Hartnett' ) are swimming in the ocean has a couple of different camera angles and has been shortened, removing the conversation in Danny's convertible.


  • The "Spine-tingling feeling" scene with Capt. Thurman (Dan Aykroyd) has been expanded to contain some extra dialogue about the Navy's concern over the missing Japanese fleet.


  • There are some additional ethnic slurs during the Dorie Miller (Cuba Gooding Jr.) boxing match.


  • The main attack footage is more graphic. When people are blown out of sand bag barricades instead of whole bodies you see bloody limbs and torsos go flying. Also during the film's many strafing scenes we now see huge chunks of meat and body parts being blown off the falling people. If you look closely during the "nurse strafing" scene, when Evelyn (Kate Beckinsale) and Sandra (Jennifer Garner) are ducking down by the fountain, you can see a man get cut in half by the 20mm rounds coming from the strafing Zeros.


  • There are several new scenes on Battleship Row where we see sailors on fire, getting shot, and brutally dismembered by shrapnel. This includes a extremely graphic shot of a severed head.


  • The scene with Miller (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and Capt. Bennion (Peter Firth) now includes a brutal shot of Bennion moaning and crying as he holds his intestines in his hands. We also see Miller try to put them back in his stomach.


  • The hospital scenes now include graphic shots of battlefield surgery and amputations, as well as close-up shots of severed limbs laying on the floor.


  • New non-graphic shots throughout the attack basically making it longer and more complete.


  • Dialogue during the attack includes more profanity.


  • The scene around the campfire with Rafe and Danny before they start training for the Dolittle raid is completely removed.


  • A whole new scene with Dolittle (Alec Baldwin) addressing the troops on the ship the night before the mission has been added.


  • During the raid sequence some new dialogue and profanity has been added.


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