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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It was the end of innocence, and the dawn of a nation's greatest glory. 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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According to Box Office Mojo, this film grossed $198,542,554 domestically, making it the highest grossing film not to make $200 million at the box office. See more »

Goofs

When Evelyn and Danny are having a drink in a cafe going over the good times with Rafe, we see the camera pan down from a height, in this shot we see Danny holding onto a cup in his right hand which is sitting on a saucer on the table, but in the following shot he is just putting it down on the table. See more »

Quotes

Rafe: J, L, M, K, P, O, E, T, X. Eyes like an eagle, ma'am.
Evelyn: Slow down, flyboy. And instead of the bottom, read the very top. Both eyes.
Rafe: Yeah. C. Sorry, J.
[Clears throat]
Rafe: C, W, uh, Q, uh, Q
Evelyn: [Smiles] Read the bottom line again, please, but read it right to left and every other letter.
Rafe: E, X...
Danny: X, E.
Rafe: X, E. X, E, ma'am. Ma'am, I know how this looks.
Evelyn: I'm sorry, Lieutenant. I really am, but army and navy requires 20/20 vision.
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Alternate Versions

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.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Ray Romano/Zwan (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Bunk Bed Blues
Written by Bruce Fowler (as Bruce L. Fowler)
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Pearl Harbour
23 November 2015 | by mittalparthSee all my reviews

Est-Ce fabuleux!

"Ma, you know who else lived through World War II besides grandpa? I did", I screamed at her from outside the house, while still getting down from the cab that I took from the cinema. What a great movie it was. The images of the gusty air-force combats and the invasions are still in my head, the sounds of the thunderous cannons still roar in my ears, and the gentlemanliness of the army men, with their uniforms and planes, still leave me grasping for more, as did the jam-packed theater. 

Why did it have to get over? Why couldn't it last just a tiny bit longer? The sky high aerobatics, the machine guns, the fighter jets, the discipline, the pretty army women, the well ironed suits, the line of command, and the bigger than life climax, I adored it all. The chemistry between the leads is something to look forward too. The unconventional romantic relationship and the intimate scenes between the lovers spice up the movie and give a new twist to the plot.

If you want to feel the thrill and the emotion of being at war and love at the same time, of being away from home, of being behind enemy lines, and of leading your country to victory, go and watch Michael Bay's extraordinary take on the events leading up to and involving thereof one of the most disastrous catastrophes of the era.

Michael Bay never misses a chance to leave his viewers awestruck with his action packed works, with strands of deadly love. And he did it again with Pearl Harbor.  The movie, though titled Pearl Harbor, is much more than that just the bombings. The war is twofold: between countries and between hearts. Army Air Corps, Affleck and Hartnett, thick as thieves, become the target of a deadly love triangle, with the potential of encompassing their friendship, falling in love with the ever-pretty Evelyn, which results in a love-hate relationship being fired up between the two captains. But Bay has something new to offer rather than the clichéd. Their friendship is tested when they are sent off to war together, resulting in their hatred for each other ultimately turning, or rather returning, into a brotherly bond. The climax is sort of depressing, but that is overcome by the patriotism of winning the war.

The motion picture is certainly not for the faint hearted. It is a mixed bag of emotions, and it is one that has many holes in it. The movie takes its audience through a variety of different emotions, starting at a high with love and patriotism, progressing to hatred and anger, and then ending into sorrow and dismal. The movie throughout, holds its viewers onto their seats and unleashes a surprise, a twist, every few frames, bounding them to think on what may follow next.


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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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