Pearl Harbor

May 25th, 2001


Pearl Harbor

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Pearl Harbor follows the story of two best friends, Rafe and Danny, and their love lives as they go off to join the war.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 5.6/10 (131,089 voted)

Critic's Score: 44/100

Director: Michael Bay

Stars: Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett

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."

Ben Affleck - Capt. Rafe McCawley
Josh Hartnett - Capt. Danny Walker
Kate Beckinsale - Nurse Lt. Evelyn Johnson
William Lee Scott - Lt. Billy Thompson
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

Taglines: December 7, 1941 The day America stood still!

Release Date: 25 May 2001

Filming Locations: Angel's Gate Park - 3601 Gaffey Street, San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $75,177,654 (USA) (27 May 2001) (3214 Screens)

Gross: $198,539,855 (USA) (2 December 2001)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA: (director's cut)

Did You Know?

Visual Effects supervisor Eric Brevig had to write an entirely new piece of software to create smoke plumes for the film as the amount of smoke needed was not allowed to be shot for environmental reasons.

Factual errors: A Japanese gunner is seen firing a Browning machine gun during the attack. In reality, the Japanese rear gunners during the attack used the Type 92 LMG, a Japanese copy of the aircraft version of the Lewis Gun.

Danny: Why the hell is the US Navy practicing this early on a Sunday morning?

User Review

C'est magnifique, c'est ne le guerre pas!


(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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