Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

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Director: Michael Bay

Cast: Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale


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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… See more details below


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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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
As oversized and sleek as a vintage Cadillac, this sprawling World War II epic directed by action-specialist Michael Bay is an old-fashioned melodrama retrofitted with all the high-tech special effects money can buy -- think Saving Private Ryan crossed with Titanic. Bay and producer Jerry Bruckheimer always dish out disaster and mayhem with style, but in Pearl Harbor they also add a healthy helping of romance. The story, which unfolds in Hawaii as Japan prepares for its fateful attack on the American fleet, follows two young farm boys turned ace fighter pilots (Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett), who find their lifelong friendship challenged when they both fall in love with the same beautiful young nurse (Kate Beckinsale). The characters -- unfailingly earnest, sentimental, patriotic, and heroic -- are a deliberate throwback to an earlier, less complicated era of American moviemaking. "We may lose this battle, but we’re gonna win this war," says Alec Baldwin, portraying the famed airman Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle with definitive bombast. "You know why?" he asks, pointing to Affleck and Hartnett. "Because of them." Pearl Harbor is that kind of picture; and one with plenty of retro Hollywood glamour on display, too. The three stars -- Beckinsale, with her ruby-red lips and Veronica Lake hairdo; the young men, all broad shoulders and rippling muscles -- never look anything less than gorgeous, whether dodging bombs or posing in period bathing suits against surging surf. The high point of the film, of course, is the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, and here Bay truly excels. State-of-the-art cinematography and effects make for a thrilling and harrowing extended sequence that plays like a mini disaster movie. It brings the horror of America’s first "Day of Infamy" vividly to life. Viewed in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States, Pearl Harbor, for all its gloss, resonates and moves in ways that Bay and Bruckheimer probably never could have imagined when they made it.
Los Angeles Times
Bay, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and the entire cast and crew have given us a Pearl Harbor to remember. Kevin Thomas

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Touchstone / Disney
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
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Special Features

"Journey to the Screen" - The making of Pearl Harbor; "Unsung Heroes" - Interview feature with the heroes of WWII; Music Video-"There You'll Be" Performed by Faith Hill; Theatrical trailer; Teaser trailer; Movie showcase; Instant access to select movie; Scenes that showcase the ultimate in high definition picture and sound; Seamless menus

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Affleck Rafe McCawley
Josh Hartnett Danny Walker
Kate Beckinsale Evelyn Johnson
Cuba Gooding Doris "Dorie" Miller
Tom Sizemore Earl
Jon Voight Franklin D. Roosevelt
Colm Feore Admiral Kimmel
Mako Admiral Yamamoto
Alec Baldwin Jimmy Doolittle
William Lee Scott Billy
Michael Shannon Gooz
Scott Wilson General Marshall
Peter Firth Captain of the West Virginia
James King Betty
Catherine Kellner Barbara
Jennifer Garner Sandra
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
Sara Rue Martha
Bret Roberts Baja Sailor No. 7

Technical Credits
Michael Bay Director,Producer
Pete Antico Stunts
Bob Badami Musical Direction/Supervision
Roger Barton Editor
Kenny Bates Associate Producer
Jon Billington Art Director
Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
Peter Devlin Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Goldblatt Editor
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
Chris Lebenzon Editor
Kathy Nelson Musical Direction/Supervision
Chad Oman Executive Producer
Nigel Phelps Production Designer
Steven Rosenblum Editor
Pat Sandston Associate Producer
John Schwartzman Cinematographer
William Ladd Skinner Art Director
Mary Soan Asst. Director
Mike Stenson Executive Producer
Bonnie Timmermann Casting
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

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pearl Harbor
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
10. Messages
11. The Battle of Britain
12. A Fight for Respect
13. Remembrance
14. Time to Move On
15. Confusion
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
25. Trapped
26. Hospital Chaos
27. Takeoff
28. Airborne
29. Shooting Back
30. Aftermath
31. Declaration of War
32. Retaliation
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
41. Sacrifice
42. Home
43. Danny
44. End Credits

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