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Pearl Harbor (2001)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, History | 25 May 2001 (USA)
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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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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 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

Taglines:

Man the Guns - Join the Fight[WWII Retro Poster] 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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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

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 (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Filming was completed in 109 days, one day over schedule. Over the course of the shoot, 3,906 set-ups were filmed, around 39 set-ups a day. Over 300 hours of material was shot, with over 3,000 crew members. See more »

Goofs

When Rafe comes to England he gets a damaged Spitfire to counter the Luftwaffe. If you ignore the fact that he should at least make some flying hours in a Spit before going into combat, no one had to fly a shot-up Spit during the Battle of Britain, since Spitfire production could quite well keep up with the war losses. It was lack of fighter pilots that almost caused Britain's defeat. See more »

Quotes

President Franklin D. Roosevelt: Gentlemen, most of you did not know me when I had the use of my legs. I was strong, and proud, and arrogant. Now I wonder, every hour of my life, why God put me into this chair. But when I see defeat in the eyes of my countrymen, in your eyes right now, I start to think that maybe He brought me down for times like these when we all need to be reminded who we truly are, that we will not give up or give in.
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Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Referenced in JAG: Defending His Honor (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Miss You
Written by Henry H. Tobias, Harry Tobias, and Charles Tobias (as Charlie Tobias)
Performed by The Mills Brothers
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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"If I had one more night to live, I'd want to spend it with you."
15 February 2009 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

The film opens in 1923 and shows farm boys Rafe and Danny as close friends in Tennessee, who share a passion for flying... They join the United States Army Air Corps in 1941 and both show an ability at being daring pilots while training under the command of Jimmy Doolittle, in Long Island...

Their life is changed when they encounter a beautiful dedicated nurse called Evelyn Johnson...

Rafe falls for Evelyn and volunteers for service in the Battle of Britain… He continues his love affair by letters with Evelyn who ends up with Danny in Hawaii - Pearl Harbor, where the US Pacific fleet is gathered at rest...

News comes back that he was shot down over the English Channel, and assumed dead… Keenly distressed, Evelyn eventually finds relief in the arms of Danny... They go too far, too soon, leading to exactly what you would expect...

By the time that Rafe reappears, Evelyn is in love with Danny…

Kate Beckinsale brings warmth and intelligent sweetness to her character... She is quietly at a loss, holding back her tears, when she finds out she must choose between the two charming fighters she loves...

The film honors those who underwent Pearl Harbor…The great shots plunge viewers into mass destruction, chaos and incompetence... We see hundreds of Japanese planes approaching towards their unsuspecting targets… Sailors sauntering along the decks of their moored vessels when the torpedo planes, armed with special shallow-running devices, headed for the battleships, their prime targets…

Bay's cameras move sometimes fast, and sometimes in slow motion to show the savage blow… Scenes, out of focus, evoke the sense of disorientation and fear, also of bravery in the midst of confusion in the island's base hospital...

'Pearl Harbor' is a fight between love and glory against a backdrop of America's entry into World War II... The film has some moments of excitement and grandeur…

Schwartzman gets some extremely nice-looking scenes of the Hawaiian twilight... His shots of Kate—sitting atop a rock, reading Rafe's love-letters, totally unaware to the striking Hawaiian surf that threatens to pull her out to sea—are incredibly beautiful…


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