Pearl Harbor

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Overview

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...
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Overview

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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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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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: 12/19/2006
  • UPC: 786936724745
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Touchstone / Disney
  • Region Code: ABC
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Anniversary Edition / Wide Screen
  • Time: 3:03:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 9,802

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Affleck Rafe McCawley
Josh Hartnett Danny Walker
Kate Beckinsale Evelyn Johnson
Cuba Gooding Jr. 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
Ewen Bremner 1st Lt. Red Winkle
Jesse James Young Rafe McCawley
Frederick Koehler Wounded Sailor #3
Bret Roberts Baja Sailor No. 7
Sara Rue Martha
Guy Torry Seaman Teeny Mayfield
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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Pearl Harbor
   Features
      Movie Showcase
         Play All
         Scene 1
         Scene 2
         Scene 3
         About Movie Showcase
      Journey to the Screen: The Making of Pearl Harbor
      Unsung Heroes of Pearl Harbor
      Theatrical Trailer
      Teaser Trailer
      Music Video: "There You'll Be" by Faith Hill
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Audio
         English 5.1 Uncompressed
         English 5.1 Dolby Digital
         French 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Subtitles
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         French
         Spanish
         None
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Loved it.

    I loved this movie very much

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great!

    This is probably my second favorite movie of all time! Absolutely great! Very sad though. A must see movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unbelievable!!!

    Thank you Michael Bay for telling the true story of Pearl Harbor. These Men were heroes and sooo good looking! I had no idea all those things happened! Those love stories never make it into the history books. It's great to see a totally fact based account of our greatest moments finally make it to the big screen. And it's no wonder we, once again, have Michael Bay to thank! He is a total genius! God Bless You Michael Bay! Now I know the real history of Pearl Harbor!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing Movie

    This is one of the best movies I've ever seen related to World War II. My grandpa fought in WWII and this movie hit home. I think it is a fairly accurate depiction of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and shows that the war was completely different from what most military during this time expected. We watched this movie in my history class because of its accurate details, and the good love story can't hurt!! If you are a war movie fan, or a romance fan, I would totally recommend this movie to you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A DISASTER OF EPIC PROPORTIONS

    I would venture to guess that most of the 4 and 5 star rated comments on this site for Michael Bay's notoriously rotten "Pearl Harbor" were penned by people born a bit before or after 1970. The gushing raves reveal a pathetic lack of historical knowledge and complete ignorance of the past early and mid-twentieth century America. The same can be said for the film "Pearl Harbor". Unlike worthy film recreations such as "From Here To Eternity", "In Harm's Way" and "Tora! Tora! Tora! (the latter a masterpiece of accuracy and exposition compared to Bay's stinker!), "Pearl Harbor" is so cliche ridden and phony that it might as well be "Star Wars", so devoid is it of anything remotely human or engaging. As far as I'm concerned, Michael Bay and Screenwriter Randall Wallace have figuratively etched grafitti on the Pearl Harbor monument in Hawaii. No amount of earnest (often bad) acting, widescreen, candy colored cinematography, an insistent, overbearing music score and interminable length can hide the fact that this film is pure unadulterated junk designed to please the ignorant masses. Simply put, this is one of the biggest Hollywood turkeys of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this is a 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An insult to Pearl Harbor survivors

    This movie is absolutely terrible. It still has steam coming off of it, if you know what I mean. We should not let our patriotism over a very important moment in history cloud our judgment to the fact that this movie is an insult to anyone who is, or has a family member that is or was a Pear Harbor survivor (and more so for family members of any casualties). The story is so sappy and forced and cliche-ridden, there are reels and reels of inaccuracies, and Josh Hartnett delivers his standard Easter Island statue-like performance. If the producers and director of this piece of garbage wanted to make a stupid, unrealistic love story, it would have been less insulting (though doubtfully any better of a movie) had they used something other than one of the most important and pivotal moments in American history as a backdrop for their idiotic and self-serving schmaltz. Again, just because it is a movie about an event we, as Americans, can rally around, doesn't make it a good movie--in fact, it's the opposite. Because this movie is so terrible, it is a slap in the face to anyone that died there or survived that day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this is the best movie of all time

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Josh Hot-nett lover

    I loved this movie for the most part. It is a sad movie and thanks to my friend the end wasn't a surprise. If you are really emotional like me and don't like to see hot main characters die don't watch this movie it will save you the devestastion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My most detested movie of all time.

    Whenever people ask me 'What's your least favorite movie of all time?' The first one to enter my mind is consistantly Pearl Harbor. The characters are wooden, at best. They are irrational, unsympathetic, and exceedingly obnoxious (Ben Affleck in particular). The name Pearl Harbor is also something of a misnomer, considering the movie has almost nothing to do with the actual event. Even during the attack the movie is focused upon the tangled, ridiculous, and fabricated (again, at best) web of the character's relationships. I wouldn't have cared if they had all perished. It would have been better than the cheesy, 'tragically picturesque,' ending-with-a-bow they stuck onto the end.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i love Ben Affleck!!!!

    i absolutly loved this movie! i is one of my all time favs. i usually dont like action movies but this movie had my attention from begining to end. Ben affleck is soooo hot and josh hartnetts pretty hot too. this is just the best movie ever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great film

    I loved this movie, it was a romantic love story and a tragedy all in one. The casting was done well, Josh Hartnett is so hot. The only thing that makes this film not 5 stare material is the fact that the totally hot, cute guy dies, Josh is so much better than ben!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awsome

    It was one of the best movies i've seen!!! This movie will make you laugh and make you cry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Whitney, ummmmmmmm

    There are these things called ''time zones''. It is earlier in Hawaii than in the other 48 states.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Whoa.....

    That was a breathtaking movie...especially all the war scenes..they were disgusting. All the actors were very good in this movie.I also loved the set,props and costumes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AN OUTSTANDING MOVING

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pearl Harbor--Not a Must-See

    Pearl Harbor, a very popular movie based on how the United States entered World War II, was very disappointing. The movie lacked accurate historical data. The Japanese attack on Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, happened at approximately 7:30 a.m. The film tries to lead you to realize how surprising the surprise attack was by showing you bits and pieces of America’s activities right before the country was attacked. The movie portrays a little league baseball game, a lady hanging up her clothes to dry, and children playing, all at this early hour, seeming a little hard to believe. Another troubling point in Pearl Harbor was how it relayed the message that all of President Roosevelt’s plans were immediately concurred with by Congress, when actually he was met with much resistance by the group. The public also disagreed with Franklin D. Roosevelt’s decision to get involved in World War II. However, that is entirely skipped in the motion picture. While Pearl Harbor had some great sound effects and computer-generated scenes of the Japanese attacks on America, the movie as a whole did not do history justice. There are many historical inaccuracies in it, and it is focused more as a love story than on the segment of history itself. Serious viewers wanting a clear-cut look at history will find it hard to watch Pearl Harbor to get the facts straight. The movie is not a must-see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unforgettable.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Josh AND Ben in the same movie, WOW!! HOTTIES and a great movie!!

    Not only does this movie have two hotties, Josh Hartnett and Ben Affleck, it is an awsome movie!! You cry and laugh alot!! I shows you alot about what really happened at Pearl Harbor. Josh and Ben are both HOTTIES and GREAT actors!!

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