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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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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It takes a moment to change history. It takes love to change lives. 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

In the scene where the Japanese aircraft are approaching Hawaii, one of the CGI generated aircraft is a Kawasaki KI-64 "Rob". The Rob was an experimental twin engine aircraft with one engine in front of the pilot and one behind the pilot. Both of the engine's drive shafts fed into a gear box that drove two contra rotating three bladed propellers. Only one was built, and it was a land based aircraft that did not make its first flight until 1943. See more »

Goofs

While attempting to free drowning sailors one engineer can be seen using a welding torch to cut the hull. The torch's sound is that of an arc welding torch which would have been too bulky and dangerous to use on a capsized vessel. 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

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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Connections

Referenced in An Evening with Kevin Smith (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

There You'll Be
Written by Diane Warren
Produced by Trevor Horn and Byron Gallimore
Performed by Faith Hill
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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User Reviews

The Greatest Love Story in War-time
20 December 2006 | by fernandez_1989See all my reviews

I really love this movie which is awesome for me in every detail. I was speechless after watching it with my husband and other friends at home. I cried and cheered all the time. My friends also loved it. Because this is one of the greatest love stories ever told and deserves 10 points rating- no doubt about it. That makes me think how silly are people who cannot appreciate this movie.

Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Empire of Japan, and the American democracy entered the war to protect its freedom. Japan forced the USA to get into the war and the strength of American people during that exhausting struggle turned out to be the road to victory.

Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett are terrific handsome American guys who make it big in this movie. Kate Beckinsale plays an American voluntary nurse who enlists to serve her country and finds love.

The music by Hans Zimmer is absolutely awesome... I bought the CD of the original soundtrack the same week I watched the movie.

All in all this is a must-see movie for intelligent people able to understand history and the sacrifice payed by the Greatest Generation of Americans to defeat the Japanese and German imperialism and bring democracy and freedom to the world.


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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)| Dolby Digital (5.1)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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