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.

Director:

Michael Bay

Writer:

Randall Wallace
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Affleck ... Rafe McCawley
Josh Hartnett ... Danny Walker
Kate Beckinsale ... Evelyn Johnson
William Lee Scott ... Billy
Greg Zola Greg Zola ... Lt. Anthony Fusco
Ewen Bremner ... Red
Alec Baldwin ... Doolittle
Jaime King ... Betty (as James King)
Catherine Kellner ... Barbara
Jennifer Garner ... Sandra
Jon Voight ... President Roosevelt
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Doris 'Dorie' Miller
Michael Shannon ... Lt. Gooz Wood
Matthew Davis ... Joe (as Matt Davis)
Mako ... Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto
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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 he and Evelyn and Rafe hook up. Then Rafe volunteers to go fight in Britain, and Evelyn and Danny get transferred to Pearl Harbor. While Rafe is off fighting, suddenly one morning comes the air raid we now know as "Pearl Harbor." Written by shoppingurl3

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Taglines:

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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Trivia

During the time before Pearl Harbor the two men heading up the codebreaking section were Army Colonel Rufus S. Bratton and Lt. Commander Alvin D. Kramer of the U.S. Navy. While the U.S. was not able to break Japanese military codes, they had cracked the diplomatic codes, which provided a clear indication of an impending attack at an unknown location, presumably on the Sunday preceding the attack on Pearl. This is depicted in the highly authentic film, Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970). Braxton and Kramer are presented as an amalgam in the character of Captain Thurman, played by Dan Aykroyd. See more »

Goofs

When Rafe hits Danny's dad, his hands on the plank changes between shots, and the plank goes from being held away from the body, to close to the body between shots. See more »

Quotes

Danny: You're a rotten drunk... always have been.
Rafe: Well, you're a lousy friend... that's a new development.
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Alternate Versions

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.
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Connections

Referenced in Team America: World Police (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Lei Ika Mokihana
Written by Henry W. Walau
Performed by Kalama's Quartet
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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User Reviews

 
Superb film - Believable acting - Well written - Severely underrated
3 November 2015 | by D-GalSee all my reviews

I seriously do not understand the utter hate toward this film by critics when writing their reviews. "Historically inaccurate" or "Just another love story" or "boring!"... If you want to see a film that is totally historically accurate, watch a documentary for heavens sake. This movie goes way out of proportion to what really happened that day in Pearl Harbor, but it is a MOVIE! Get over it. It's not supposed to be real.

The film as a whole is brilliantly written; it's not too soppy with the romance and not too over the top with pure action. People are saying that it's just too much shoot 'em up and too many explosions. Well, I got news for you... They're at war! Bombs will go off and guns will be fired from all places possible. If you want to see a movie that's not so explosive, watch Twilight.

To me personally, character development is very important in a movie and I believe Pearl Harbor succeeded with this. I grew attached to individuals and felt vulnerable as a member of the audience at the best of times. Absolutely superb watch, and I'd highly recommend it! If you're offended by a film not being entirely accurate, steer clear and stick to your documentaries.

9/10! Excellent!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese | French

Release Date:

25 May 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tennessee See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,078,912, 27 May 2001

Gross USA:

$198,542,554

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$449,220,945
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS-8 (70 mm print) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| DTS (as dts) (DTS HD Master Audio 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| Dolby Digital (as Dolby Digital) (Dolby Digital 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| SDDS (as Sony Dynamic Digital Sound) (8 channels) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| Dolby Atmos (Dolby Atmos) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 (D-Cinema prints) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)

Color:

Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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