The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War, and the soldiers on both sides that fought it, while their wives wait nervously and anxiously at home for the good news or the bad news.
Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle's (Bradley Cooper's) pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.
A marksman living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the President. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he goes on the run to find the real killer and the reason he was set up.
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
Planes were flown over the disused Marine Corps Air Station Tustin base in Tustin, California, to be composited into the film. This caused some residents in Orange County to believe that a war was starting, and they were being attacked. See more »
At the beginning of the film there are some newsreel bits showing the war in Europe giving the background for the historical setting circa 1939-40. In one of these, for about 2-3 seconds you see a M-26 Pershing next to a wall. The M-26 Pershing wasn't introduced until early 1945 when it entered the war in Europe. See more »
Unusually, Pearl Harbor started without showing the opening Touchstone and Bruckheimer logos; they only showed up after the end credits. See more »
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" See more »
(Please excuse my French, it's probably wrong)
Roll up, roll up! See the cinematic spectacle of 2001! See the horrible
deaths of 2500 or so people commemorated by a film about two guys who
fly fast planes really fast. See them go ZOOOOOOOOM, see them go
WHIIIIZZZZ! See them reprise the 'flypast and debriefing' scenes from
Top Gun. Watch the beautiful love story unfold. See the true love two
people have for one another tested and broken when Kate Beckinsale
comes between them.
See a fine young actor reduced to playing Token Black Guy. Watch as he
fights to prove he's more than a Token Black Guy, even though he's
given so little to do that he ends up as nothing more than a Token
Black Guy (even though, unlike the two guys in the planes, Token Black
Guy actually existed).
Watch the awful bombing of a military target. Watch the heroic bombing
of a city. Watch Jon Voigt recreate Peter Sellars' unforgettable
character Dr. Strangelove.
Watch the whole reality of war, and the lives and deaths therein
trivialised to make a Big Dumb Action Movie that thinks it's some kind
of ghastly tribute to the American dead of December the 7th.
Or better still... don't!
On the other hand, if you want an unrealistic film with ponderously
paced romance, fighter planes zooming all over the place and nice
explosions, check this out. It's a lot of fun. Just don't take it
seriously - you'll only encourage them!
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