Pearl HarborDirector: Michael Bay
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At the time of its release, this lavish period war drama from hyperkinetic director Michael Bay became the most expensive motion picture ever green-lighted by a studio. Ben Affleck stars as Rafe McCawley, a military pilot stationed under Jimmy Doolittle (Alec Baldwin) in New Jersey, along with his best friend from childhood, Danny Walker (Josh Hartnett). Rafe is chomping at the bit to get involved in World War II, but America has not entered the conflict, so he is forced to fight on loan to the Royal Air Force in Britain, leaving behind his beautiful girlfriend Evelyn (Kate Beckinsale). After Rafe goes overseas, both Danny and Evelyn are transferred to the naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where word arrives that Rafe has been killed in action. A grief-stricken Evelyn and Danny become romantically attached, a situation that becomes a lit powder keg when Rafe suddenly reappears, having survived his ordeal in the European war. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor puts the romantic triangle on hold, as the best friends are ordered to undertake a top-secret and highly dangerous retaliatory mission to bomb Tokyo, once again under the command of Doolittle. Although the trio of leads are entirely fictional, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tom Sizemore, and Jon Voight (as FDR) co-star in the roles of real-life historical figures. Pearl Harbor is based on a script by Randall Wallace, writer of Braveheart (1995) and The Man in the Iron Mask (1998). Taking a page from the production history of James Cameron's Titanic (1997), many of the actors and filmmakers involved with Pearl Harbor deferred their usual salaries until the film "broke even" at the box office.
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- Touchstone / Disney
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Cast & Crew
|Ben Affleck||Rafe McCawley|
|Josh Hartnett||Danny Walker|
|Kate Beckinsale||Evelyn Johnson|
|Cuba Gooding||Doris "Dorie" Miller|
|Jon Voight||Franklin D. Roosevelt|
|Colm Feore||Admiral Kimmel|
|Alec Baldwin||Jimmy Doolittle|
|William Lee Scott||Billy|
|Scott Wilson||General Marshall|
|Peter Firth||Captain of the West Virginia|
|Dan Aykroyd||Captain Thurman|
|William Fichtner||Danny's Father|
|Frederick Koehler||Wounded Sailor #3|
|Ewen Bremner||1st Lt. Red Winkle|
|Jesse James||Young Rafe McCawley|
|Guy Torry||Seaman Teeny Mayfield|
|Bret Roberts||Baja Sailor No. 7|
|Bob Badami||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Kenny Bates||Associate Producer|
|Jon Billington||Art Director|
|Peter Devlin||Sound/Sound Designer|
|William Hawkins||Set Decoration/Design|
|Bruce Hendricks||Executive Producer|
|K.C. Hodenfield||Associate Producer,Asst. Director|
|Lois G. Hoyos||Set Decoration/Design|
|Michael Kaplan||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Jennifer Klein||Associate Producer|
|Aric Lasher||Set Decoration/Design|
|Kathy Nelson||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Chad Oman||Executive Producer|
|Nigel Phelps||Production Designer|
|Pat Sandston||Associate Producer|
|William Ladd Skinner||Art Director|
|Mary Soan||Asst. Director|
|Mike Stenson||Executive Producer|
|Stan Tropp||Set Decoration/Design|
|Ethan Van der Ryn||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Barry H. Waldman||Executive Producer|
|Randall Wallace||Executive Producer,Screenwriter|
|Dean Wolcott||Set Decoration/Design|
|Hans Zimmer||Score Composer|
1. Tennessee, 1923
2. The European War
3. Playing Chicken
4. Looking for Trouble
5. Medical Examination
6. A Nose for Champagne
7. Pickup Lines
8. Saying Goodbye
9. Flying Towards War
11. The Battle of Britain
12. A Fight for Respect
14. Time to Move On
16. Pearl Harbor At Sunset
17. Spine-Tingling Feeling
18. "I'm Alive"
19. Fight At the Hula House
20. December 7th
21. Hostility Imminent
22. First Strike
23. Airfield Attack
24. A Call to Arms
26. Hospital Chaos
29. Shooting Back
31. Declaration of War
33. Flying Out
34. Mission Briefing
35. Lightening the Load
36. Tip of the Sword
37. Launch Now!
38. The Enemy's Backyard
39. Empty Tanks
40. Pinned Down
44. End Credits
About Movie Showcase
Journey to the Screen: The Making of Pearl Harbor
Unsung Heroes of Pearl Harbor
Music Video: "There You'll Be" by Faith Hill
English 5.1 Uncompressed
English 5.1 Dolby Digital
French 5.1 Dolby Digital
English for the Hearing Impaired
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Best Action & Adventure Packed Movie On The Attack On Pearl Harbor On December 7th Ever.
I loved this movie very much
This movie was one of the best movies that i have ever seen! I found it sad that Danny had to die in the end right when he was going to be a father. This movie also made me cry. I think that Josh Hartnett and Ben Affleck acted really well and i really enjoyed this movie just as well as i enjoyed titanic. Do not listen to the critics they should have given this movie perfect stars. It was the best!
There are these things called ''time zones''. It is earlier in Hawaii than in the other 48 states.
I just purchased the DVD and watched it yesterday with my husband and we were mesmerised by this film! When it was over, we could hardly believe how long it was. The action and continuity is captivating, the cast is amazing. I think this a film to be placed on the shelf with all the greatest epics to be enjoyed only when you have the complete time and attention to give only to this film. It is an inspiring story, a reminder of what America will do when ''the gloves come off.'' If you collect films, your library is incomplete without this picture! The extra features are great, very informative and sympathetic. I'm actually considering visiting Hawaii just to pay my respects at the memorials.
This is probably my second favorite movie of all time! Absolutely great! Very sad though. A must see movie!
I find it interesting people get angry over this movie saying it's not realistic and doesn't follow the true events that happened at Pearl Harbor. To those I say this.. "IT'S A MOVIE!!!" The sheer purpose of a movie is to be entertained. If you want the true facts that happened, then read a history book or get a documentary from the History Channel. Michael Bay is known for creating action, larger than life characters. Heck.. 99% of Jerry Bruckheimer films consist of macho, over the top action packed movies.. James Cameron got alot of slack for making Titanic. Michael Bay is doing the same thing here. Creating a love story around an actual event. So... If you want to be entertained, watch this movie. If you want to know the true facts about what happened at Pearl Harbor, then visit your local library.
This movie, while being fun and sweet, really does portray what it might have been like in the real day. I believe the love, war, and death really brought out the actors ability to play roles that would be very hard to play. They (Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Alec Baldwin, James King, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tom Sizemore...) all did an excellent job. Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckhimer made another outstanding movie! SEE THIS MOVIE, and fall in love with it just like I did!
I LOVED this movie. I have a fascination with the culture of the 1940s. It was a different time and so seeing something like this was a great experience for me.
My opinion on this movie is that they have a good love story. It was good by how the movie was about a war but also with a love story to it. The story was really interesting and it grabbed me and got me watching the whole thing. It made me wonder what was going to happen next. At the end I didn¿t expect that tragedy after the war to happen. It gets me excited even if I watched it over a million times. Josh Hartnett is one of my favorite actors. He is good at acting. But that¿s not the point. I love this movie. This is my favorite movie besides Goofy Movie. =)
There is not a word that exists that describes how much I enjoyed this film! I am not easily entertained by movies anymore they really have to strike something within me for me to like a movie and I loved this one! When I went to see it I hadn't seen any of the promotions and I saw maybe one or two previews and an interview with Ben Affleck. When I saw it I was amazed! This movie captured everything I love about movies. There was great character devlopment and that is the major flaws with movies today...they are all about blowing things up and not about defining the heros, this movie did just that, especially with the character of Danny Walker (Josh Hartnett). Hartnett gives an excellent performance of the farm boy who grew up with a tough father and considered his only family to be his best friend Rafe (Ben Affleck). I found this movie to be more than a love story it was a story of true friendship and how life gets in the way of that. Bruckheimer and Bay did an excellent job with the attack on Pearl as well. The attack was not all the movie was about it was something that happened to all these people in their quiet peaceful world one Sunday morning. The movie was not just an excuse to create a bigger and better explosion it told a story that the attack on Pearl Harbor was much greater than the physical damage and what brought America into the war. It made our generation realize that there was life going on on this island and that was interrupted and peoples' universes were severly altered because of this event. I think in history class they lose that aspect of the attack and this movie brings that out for everyone to remember. I now have a greater respect for those who fought in the war or had anything to do with it. And if that is something that the producers had wanted to do with this film they certainly accomplished their mission. This movie was very well done. It was exciting, fun, heartbreaking, patriotic, a true tale of heroism and loyalty! Don't listen to the critics I never liked a movie they liked and I always love the ones they hate. This movie has crept up and stole the favorite movie spot for me.
My favorite movie ever! the romance the heart break the action! This movie has a lot of character! With amazing actors actresses and a finominal movie of thet early sunday morning when we were attached by the Japanese. I could feel the drama very strongly from begining to end!
Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer have given us another great action/drama. The movie is long, but amazing. 2/3 of Pearl Harbor is okay, pretty funny, and romantic. And 1/3 of the movie is nothing but gripping, dramatic scenes of war. I say again: This is a very good movie. I am shocked that not many people liked it. It should've gotten some Academy Awards. By the way, the action sequences are spectacular.
Many who haven't seen Pearl Harbor may think that it will be a classic war film, but the truth is that they wrong. The film is a classic day time soap opera using an historical tragedy has a means of holding the loose plot together. But still a major part of the film, the visual effects are great. But that is all there is to offer. The acting is below average and the plot is below sea level. But still as repeated, this film does feature some good visual effects.
this movie is a great story.It helps us see how life really was in Pearl Harbor it shows the pain this diasaster brought to everyone. But it also shows the natoins greatest glory.
THIS IS BEST MOVIE THAT I EVER SEEN! AND ITS REAL LIFE EVENT AND FINALLY GOT THE IDEAS TO SEE HOW THEY DID IN 1940S. ITS ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES THAT I EVER SEEN SINCE GONE WITH THE GONE
This is one of the greatests movies ever made!
This movie had my attention from beginning to end. Danny (played by Josh Hartnett) was my favorite character. This is a movie I will watch over and over because of the beautiful love story between Danny and Evelyn. Also, the war scenes seemed so real and were very interesting. Excellent writers and excellent cast. Thank you for making this wonderful movie.
This movie was fantastic...the images were amazing and I have cried every time i've seen it.. you have to see it
very good movie