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Pearl Harbor (2001)

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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 51 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Affleck ... Capt. Rafe McCawley
Josh Hartnett ... Capt. Danny Walker
Kate Beckinsale ... Nurse Lt. Evelyn Johnson
William Lee Scott ... Lt. Billy Thompson
Greg Zola Greg Zola ... Lt. Anthony Fusco
Ewen Bremner ... Lt. Red Winkle
Alec Baldwin ... Lt. Col. James Doolittle
Jaime King ... Nurse Betty Bayer (as James King)
Catherine Kellner ... Nurse Barbara
Jennifer Garner ... Nurse Sandra
Jon Voight ... President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Petty Officer Doris 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 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 shoppingurl3

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sustained intense war sequences, images of wounded, brief sensuality and some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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:

$75,177,654, 27 May 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$198,542,554

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$449,220,945
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Company Credits

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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 (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Filming of the bombing sequence was overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency. See more »

Goofs

Close to the beginning of the film when we first see the president being wheeled into the room with his staff at the table, at the beginning of this scene you can see that the wheelchair has already turned into the room, but in the following shot it's turning into the room again. See more »

Quotes

Rafe: That's what I want to come home to, that's what I want to have to think about and dream about. I wanna know that the best part of my life is still ahead of me.
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Crazy Credits

Unusually, Pearl Harbor started without showing the opening Touchstone and Bruckheimer logos; they only showed up after the end credits. See more »

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 () line "Kill as many of those bastards as possible" was changed to "I myself would choose a tasty target";
  • Evelyn's () 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 Stargate: Atlantis: Midway (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Brown Jug
Written by Joseph Winner
Arranged by Bill Finegan (as Willian Finnegan, Jr.)
Performed by Glenn Miller
Courtesy of The RCA Music Group, a Division of BMG Entertainment
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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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