Pearl Harbor (2001)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Drama, History

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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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17 August 2008 | amalank
| Could have been better
This is supposed to be a World War 2 based movie. Its the sort of movie anyone would expect to be an accurate enough dramatisation of events that actually happened.

Instead what we get is an attempt to make another Titanic by including a love triangle that is dominant over the whole history aspect. It just doesn't seem right.

Being a historic epic, they could have cut down on the whole love story and focused more on what would have been relevant such as the Japanese preparation of the attack and the situation President Roosevelt was finding himself in. The sequence of the actual attack on Pearl Harbour was spectacular! Perhaps if they extended it and made it a more major part of the film it would have been more worthy. Another major flaw with this movie is that after the attack sequence the movie dragged on for another hour trying to give an epilogue which was totally irrelevant.

I reckon if these were taken aboard, then Pearl Harbor would have been a much better movie and perhaps would not have flopped at the box office.

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Ben Affleck, like other actors in the film, went to boot camp and took a pre-Ranger training course in preparation for this movie. He found the experience so painful and so horrible that he was willing to quit on the very first day, but for the fact that he was the star of the movie and knew word of quitting would get out. He reflected that the training was the hardest experience of his life, even compared to the prep of other action and military themed films he has made since.


Rafe: Earl, I said get some guns in that goddamn tower
Earl: Right, guns in the tower, ten stories high. It's a long son-of-a-bitch


When Rafe meets Evelyn outside the hospital with a bottle of wine, he accidentally hits his nose with the cork and lays his head on Evelyn's lap. Her right hand is holding some ice, but her left hand is nowhere to be seen, but in the following shot her left hand has appeared on Rafe's chin and cheek.

Crazy Credits

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

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.


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


Plot Summary

Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Action | Drama | History | Romance | War


Release Date:

25 May 2001


English, Japanese, French

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Santa Clarita, California, USA

Box Office


$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,078,912 27 May 2001

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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