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Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

4.5 78
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


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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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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Touchstone / Disney
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[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

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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Pearl Harbor 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Josh was so cute and I enjoyed the love making scene.
jsphtnnr3920152 More than 1 year ago
Best Action & Adventure Packed Movie On The Attack On Pearl Harbor On December 7th Ever.
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I loved this movie very much
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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. =)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie really rocked i went to see it 5 times in the movies and cant wait for the DVD I already saved my money so it would be no prob...Pearl Harbor 4 EVER!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are these things called ''time zones''. It is earlier in Hawaii than in the other 48 states.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the greatests movies ever made!
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Courtney6 More than 1 year ago
This is probably my second favorite movie of all time! Absolutely great! Very sad though. A must see movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was fantastic...the images were amazing and I have cried every time i've seen it.. you have to see it
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.