Pearl HarborMay 25, 2001
Pearl Harbor follows the story of two best friends, Rafe and Danny, and their love lives as they go off to join the war.
Release Year: 2001
Rating: 5.6/10 (131,089 voted)
Critic's Score: 44/100
Stars: Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett
Pearl Harbor is a classic tale of romance set during a war that complicates everything. It all starts when childhood friends Rafe and Danny become Army Air Corps pilots and meet Evelyn, a Navy nurse. Rafe falls head over heels and next thing you know Evelyn and Rafe are hooking up. Then Rafe volunteers to go fight in Britain and Evelyn and Danny get transferred to Pearl Harbor. While Rafe is off fighting everything gets completely whack and next thing you know everybody is in the middle of an air raid we now know as "Pearl Harbor."
Capt. Rafe McCawley
Capt. Danny Walker
Nurse Lt. Evelyn Johnson
William Lee Scott
Lt. Billy Thompson
Lt. Anthony Fusco
Lt. Red Winkle
Lt. Col. James Doolittle
Nurse Betty Bayer
(as James King)
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Petty Officer Doris Miller
Lt. Gooz Wood
(as Matt Davis)
Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto
December 7, 1941 The day America stood still!
Release Date: 25 May 2001
Filming Locations: Angel's Gate Park – 3601 Gaffey Street, San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $75,177,654
(27 May 2001)
(2 December 2001)
Did You Know?
Visual Effects supervisor Eric Brevig had to write an entirely new piece of software to create smoke plumes for the film as the amount of smoke needed was not allowed to be shot for environmental reasons.
A Japanese gunner is seen firing a Browning machine gun during the attack. In reality, the Japanese rear gunners during the attack used the Type 92 LMG, a Japanese copy of the aircraft version of the Lewis Gun.
Why the hell is the US Navy practicing this early on a Sunday morning?
C'est magnifique, c'est ne le guerre pas!
(Please excuse my French, it's probably wrong)
Roll up, roll up! See the cinematic spectacle of 2001! See the horrible
deaths of 2500 or so people commemorated by a film about two guys who fly
fast planes really fast. See them go ZOOOOOOOOM, see them go WHIIIIZZZZ!
See them reprise the 'flypast and debriefing' scenes from Top Gun. Watch
the beautiful love story unfold. See the true love two people have for
another tested and broken when Kate Beckinsale comes between
See a fine young actor reduced to playing Token Black Guy. Watch as he
fights to prove he's more than a Token Black Guy, even though he's given
little to do that he ends up as nothing more than a Token Black Guy (even
though, unlike the two guys in the planes, Token Black Guy actually
Watch the awful bombing of a military target. Watch the heroic bombing of
city. Watch Jon Voigt recreate Peter Sellars' unforgettable character Dr.
Watch the whole reality of war, and the lives and deaths therein
to make a Big Dumb Action Movie that thinks it's some kind of ghastly
tribute to the American dead of December the 7th.
Or better still… don't!
On the other hand, if you want an unrealistic film with ponderously paced
romance, fighter planes zooming all over the place and nice explosions,
check this out. It's a lot of fun. Just don't take it seriously – you'll
only encourage them!