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Pearl Harbor

183 min | USA:184 min (director's cut)
Action | Drama | Romance | War
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Michael Bay
Won Oscar. Another 10 wins & 39 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 2001-05-25
Filming Locations: Santa Clarita, California, USA
Budget: $140,000,000
Opening Weekend: $75,177,654 (USA) (27 May 2001)
Gross: $198,539,855 (USA) (2 December 2001)
Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner
Pearl Harbor
Jaymee Ong
Jaymee Ong
Pearl Harbor
Steve Rankin
Steve Rankin
Pearl Harbor
Frieda Jane
Frieda Jane
Pearl Harbor
Ben Affleck
Capt. Rafe McCawley
Josh Hartnett
Capt. Danny Walker
Kate Beckinsale
Nurse Lt. Evelyn Johnson
William Lee Scott
Lt. Billy Thompson
Greg Zola
Lt. Anthony Fusco
Ewen Bremner
Lt. Red Winkle
Alec Baldwin
Lt. Col. James Doolittle
Jaime King
Nurse Betty Bayer
Catherine Kellner
Nurse Barbara
Jon Voight
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Petty Officer Doris Miller
Michael Shannon
Lt. Gooz Wood
Matthew Davis
Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto
John Fujioka
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Cmdr. Minoru Genda
Colm Feore
Adm. Husband E. Kimmel
Dan Aykroyd
Capt. Thurman
Reiley McClendon
Young Danny
Jesse James
Young Rafe
William Fichtner
Danny's Father
Brian Haley
Training Captain
David Hornsby
Flyer with Murmur
Scott Wilson
Gen. George C. Marshall
Graham Beckel
Adm. Chester W. Nimitz
Howard Mungo
Randy Oglesby
Strategic Analyst
Ping Wu
Japanese Officer
Stan Cahill
Pentagon Lieutenant
Kevin Wensing
Executive Officer - USS West Virginia
Tom Everett
Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox
Tomas Arana
Vice-Adm. Frank J. 'Jack' Fletcher
Beth Grant
Motherly Secretary
Sara Rue
Nurse Martha
Sung Kang
Raphael Sbarge
Kimmel's Aide
Marty Belafsky
Louie, Sailor
Yuji Okumoto
Japanese Shy Bomber
Josh Green
Pvt. Ellis, Radar Operator
Ian Bohen
Radar Operator #2
Michael Milhoan
Army Commander
Peter Firth
Capt. Mervyn Bennion - USS West Virginia
Tom Sizemore
Sgt. Earl Sistern
Marco Gould
Pop-Up Sailor
Andrew Bryniarski
Joe, Boxer
Nicholas Downs
Terrified Sailor
Tim Choate
Navy Doctor
John Diehl
Senior Doctor
Joseph Patrick Kelly
Ron Harper
Ted McGinley
Army Major
Madison Mason
Adm. Raymond A. Spruance
Kim Coates
Jack Richards
Andrew Baley
Hornet Radio Operator
Glenn Morshower
RAdm. William F. 'Bull' Halsey Jr.
Paul Francis
Doolittle Co-Pilot
Scott Wiper
Eric Christian Olsen
Rod Biermann
Noriaki Kamata
Japanese Soldier
Garret Sato
Japanese Soldier
Eiji Inoue
Japanese Soldier
Precious Chong
Nursing Supervisor
Jeff Wadlow
Next Guy in Line #1
Will Gill Jr.
Train Conductor
Seth Sakai
Japanese Tourist
Curtis Andersen
18-Year-Old Typist (as Curtis Anderson)
Blaine Pate
Orderly in Aftermath
John Pyper-Ferguson
Naval Officer in Hospital
Michael Shamus Wiles
Captain Marc Andrew Mitscher
Brett Pedigo
Next Guy in Line #2
Toru Tanaka Jr.
Samoan Bouncer (as Toru M. Tanaka Jr.)
Sean Gunn
Traction Sailor
Josh Ackerman
Wounded Sailor #1
Matt Casper
Wounded Sailor #2
David Kaufman
Young Nervous Doctor
Lindsey Ginter
Captain Low
Joshua Aaron Gulledge
Guy Torry
Teeny Mayfield
Leland Orser
Major Jackson
Peter James Smith
Mission listener
Mark Noon
Pat Healy
Newsreel Guy
Thomas Wilson Brown
Young Flier
Chad Morgan
Pearl Harbor Nurse
James Saito
Japanese Aide #1
Angel Sing
Japanese Aide #2
Tak Kubota
Japanese Aide #3
Robert Jayne
Sunburnt Sailor
Vic Chao
Japanese Doctor
Michael Gradilone
Screaming Sailor
Fred Koehler
Wounded Sailor #3
John Padget
Hospital Chaplain
Ben Easter
Baja Sailor #1
Cory Tucker
Baja Sailor #2
Abe Sylvia
Baja Sailor #4
Jason Liggett
Baja Sailor #5
Mark Panasuk
Baja Sailor #6
Bret Roberts
Baja Sailor #7
John Howry
Lieutenant in Boat
Rufus Dorsey
Dorie's Friend
Patrice Martinez
French Fisherman
Rodney Bursiel
Sailor with Dog
Rob McCabe
Rescue Sailor
Brandon Lozano
Baby Danny
Seiki Moriguchi
Akagi Communication Officer
Brian D. Falk
Helmsman #1
Estevan Gonzalo
Bombing Sailor
Christopher Stroop
Helmsman #2
Sean Faris
Danny's Gunner
Vincent J. Inghilterra
Nicholas Farrell
RAF Squadron Leader
Tony Curran
Will Bowden
British Pilot (Supporting) (as Viv Weatherall)
Benjamin Farry
Pilot #2 (as Ben Farry)
Toshi Toda
Ken Goth
Army 2nd Lieutenant
Hank Harris
Young Harbor Patrolman
Christopher Allison
USS Arizona Sailor
Ford Austin
Doolittle Pilot
Greg Baine
Young Sailor
Douglas Blakeslee
Doolittle Pilot
J Michael Briggs
Injured Marine
Wally Burr
Newsreel Voice (uncredited)
Matt Cable
Doolittle Pilot
Camille Carida
Andrew Chen
Japanese Pilot
Winston Churchill
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Devin Corey
American Pilot (uncredited)
Nya Daigo
Hawaiian Bar Girl
David de Vos
Medical Orderly
Tanya Dempsey
Jeremy Denzlinger
Jeremy Gilbreath
Toothbrush Sailor
Geoffrey Gould
Dental Patient
William Joseph Hill
Doolittle Raider
Adolf Hitler
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Patrick A. Horton
White House Cabinet Member
Manu Intiraymi
Officer in Water Shouting "P-40's"
Saburo Kurusu
Himself - in Washington with Nomura (archive footage) (uncredited)
Cherisse Lamoureux
Sherwin Lau
Japanese Sailor
Elizabeth Leaff
Scott Levy
Beau Lotterman
Naval Inteligence Officer
Francis Maikai
Hawaiian Bartender (uncredited)
Cameron McHarg
Mourning Marine (uncredited)
Kinsey McLean
Soldier in Theater
Jill Meyers
Matt Moore
Gooz Dude
Kathleen Mullan
Stearn Nurse
Robert C. Nelson
Army Officer
Kichisaburo Nomura
Himself - in Washington with Kurusu (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lin Oeding
Japanese Sailor
Pete Romano
Soldier in the Water
Lisa Ross
David Rountree
Navy Pilot
Bryan Ryan
Matthew Saxe
Doolittle Gunner
Barbara Scolaro
Josephine Doolittle
Ross Stasik
Extra (uncredited)
Max Thayer
Bit Part (uncredited)
Jack Truman
Train Conductor
Clyde Tull
Army Officer
Larry Wegger
Taxi Driver
Mark Weiler
Naval Messenger
Jeff Yaworski
Melissa Anne Young
Did you know?
There are four 100% CG shots in the film: the shot of the bomb falling toward the USS Arizona, the two shots of the explosion of the Arizona as it jumps upwards in the water, and the two Japanese Zeroes pitching down towards Battleship Row.
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The dogfight scenes with Rafe and Danny was based on real-life test pilot George Welch (who first flew the North American F86 prototype); he was the first to score an enemy kill downing a Mitsubishi Zero.
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Only five injuries occurred throughout the entirety of the filming: a broken ankle, a sprained ankle, a broken collarbone, a cut head, and a broken finger suffered by a stunt pilot who crashed his plane after the wing clipped a palm tree.
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The camera pans across a window, showing Evelyn seated inside and eventually stops at a reflection of Rafe. A red indicator light from the camera is clearly reflected and moves across the first pane during the shot.
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The Japenese torpedo dropped from a plane rockets on the water with its wooden frame intact. In reality, the wooden frame would detach once in the water.
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The early boyhood scenes are dated 1923, but the father is a crop duster, an occupation that did not exist until after WWII. In addition, the Stearman biplane used in the opening scenes wasn't produced until 1934. It was a pilot trainer for the military, and was released to the public after WWII as surplus.
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Billy: Man, I am one good-lookin' son-of-a-bitch... Don't you ever die.
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Evelyn: Oh, but it's such a long story.
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Evelyn: Every night I watch the sunset and soak up every last ray of its warmth, and send it from my heart to yours.
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What aspects of the film are historically inaccurate? How might such inaccuracies have arisen?
What aspects of the film are historically accurate?
- The scene in England where Rafe McCawley is given a Spitfire plane covered in the previous pilot's blood is factual. Equipment and manpower were so scarce in England in the early 1940's that planes would literally be passed on when their pilots were killed without anyone cleaning them.- The way the Japanese fleet is depicted as approaching Pearl Harbor is accurate. They really did 'disappear' from US radars and flood the airwaves with references to every possible target in the Pacific, making it impossible for the US to predict where they would attack.- As is depicted in the film, a young radar operator did indeed see the massive Japanese approach, but was told not to worry about it as the officer in charge thought it was only a group of B-17 Flying Fortresses returning to Hawaii from training in California. The officer was later exonerated for his decision as the B-17s in question were indeed approaching the islands at the time and actually arrived at their home airfield whilst it was beng attacked. The approach of a large number of aircraft towards Pearl Harbour that morning was therefore not unexpected and would not have raised any particular alarm.- The report which Admiral Kimmel receives about a destroyer firing on and sinking a Japanese midget sub about an hour before the first wave of enemy planes attacked is entirely accurate (although in reality, Kimmel never received the report). The patrol ship USS Condor spotted a sub in restricted waters just inside the harbor and contacted the USS Ward, which raced to the scene and opened fire. The Ward sank the sub with its second shot. A second Japanese midget sub actually penetrated Pearl Harbor's inner defences and fired two torpdoes. Both missed and the sub was rammed and sunk by the USS Monaghan. A Japanese reconaissance photograph taken during the raid appears to show a third midget sub broaching the surface as it fires a torpedo towards US warships. A fourth ran aground and its commander was captured.- The film is a little ambiguous in its depiction of the whereabouts of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (Mako) during the attack. Some people argue that the film implies Yamamoto is actually present on one of the Japanese carriers at Pearl Harbor itself, which would be historically inaccurate, as in reality Yamamoto was aboard the IJN Nagato in Tokyo Bay for the duration of the battle, with Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo in charge of the attack itself. However, if one watches the film closely, it is clear that Nagumo is correctly depicted as being in charge of the attack, whilst the two cutaways to Yamamoto contain no evidence that he is on board any of the carriers. This is especially obvious in the scene where Commander Minoru Genda (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) is surprised that Nagumo decides there will be no third wave of attacks. Obviously, if the film incorrectly depicted Yamamoto as attending the battle, it would be he who would take this decision, not Nagumo. However, it must be acknowledged that the film is a little unclear in depicting Yamamoto's location during the attack.- As is noted in the Trivia section, the scene of the Japanese gunner waving the kids away is entirely factual. It is believed that the Japanese crewman was apparently warning civilians on the ground to take cover since they were going to attack.- The scene where Lt. Red Winkle sees the planes heading towards the barracks whilst going to the toilet, before then rushing into the sleeping quarters to try to wake everyone up is based on the real experiences of Lt. Francis Gabreski.- Just before they take off during the Pearl Harbor attack, Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker are shown using a radio system which they hold against their throats as opposed to up to their mouths. This is historically accurate, as the communications device in P-40s worked by measuring vibrations in the vocal cords as opposed to simply transmitting the voices via radio waves.- Sailors really did report feeling torpedoes skim past their legs when they were in the water, as is shown in the film.- During the attack, nurses really did mark patients who had received morphine with an M, as well as mark them with a C for critical, and F for fatally wounded. Also, when they ran out of markers, they really did use lipstick.- Asian doctors and nurses did find themselves racially abused during and immediately after the attack, with many badly injured soldiers refusing to be treated by them.- As is referenced in the film, a third wave of attack planes was planned, an attack which would target the dockyards, maintenance shops, and oil depots, but Admiral Nagumo felt it was too big a risk as the Japanese had lost the element of surprise, and the US Navy and Army were beginning to mobilize. This is accurately portrayed in the film in the already mentioned scene involving Commander Minoru Genda who immediately protested Nagumo's decision.- As is briefly seen in the film, Roosevelt really did have a Hitler pincushion.- Lt. Col. James Doolittle really did wire the Japanese peace medals to the bombs before the Doolittle Raid, just as is depicted in the film (although where he places them is wrong; in the film he wires them to the head, but in reality, they were wired to the wings, as wiring them to the head could interfere with the detonation mechanism).- For the most part, the broader elements of the Doolittle Raid are depicted accurately, although some of the smaller details are inaccurate; the Raiders really were forced to launch early due to an encounter with a Japanese trawler which gave away the position of the USS Hornet before it could be destroyed, and they really did have to pitch down into China, where they encountered several Japanese patrols. Unlike in the film however, no US pilots were killed in skirmishes with Japanese soldiers. Also unlike in the film, none of the Raiders were actually killed during the attack itself (the film depicts one Raider killed by anti-aircraft flak). Fifteen of the sixteen B-25s made it to China (the 16th was low on fuel and had to head to Russia). Four crash landed and eleven bailed out. After touching down, ten men were unaccounted for; eight had been taken prisoner by the Japanese, two had died in the crashes. Of the eight prisoners, four survived, one died of malnutrition and the Japanese executed three, something which is not acknowledged in the film. According to Michael Bay on the DVD commentary, this point was actually mentioned in the original voiceover which closes the film, but, at the request of the Japanese government, it was removed, as it felt it might leave viewers with something of a sour taste as regards lingering animosity.
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