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
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 »
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 »
You're a rotten drunk... always have been.
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Written by Henry W. Walau
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Superb film - Believable acting - Well written - Severely underrated
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.
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