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      Pearl Harbor

      2001, War/Drama, 3h 3m

      194 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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      Pearl Harbor tries to be the Titanic of war movies, but it's just a tedious romance filled with laughably bad dialogue. The 40 minute action sequence is spectacular though. Read critic reviews

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      This sweeping drama, based on real historical events, follows American boyhood friends Rafe McCawley (Ben Affleck) and Danny Walker (Josh Hartnett) as they enter World War II as pilots. Rafe is so eager to take part in the war that he departs to fight in Europe alongside England's Royal Air Force. On the home front, his girlfriend, Evelyn (Kate Beckinsale), finds comfort in the arms of Danny. The three of them reunite in Hawaii just before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

      • Rating: PG-13 (Images of Wound|Brief Sensuality|Intense War Sequences|Some Language)

      • Genre: War, Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Michael Bay

      • Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay

      • Writer: Randall Wallace

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $198.5M

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      • Distributor: Buena Vista Home Video (BVHV), Touchstone Pictures, Buena Vista Pictures

      • Production Co: Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films

      • Sound Mix: Dolby SR, DTS, Dolby Stereo, Surround, SDDS, Dolby A, Dolby Digital

      • Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)

      Cast & Crew

      Ben Affleck
      Josh Hartnett
      Kate Beckinsale
      Cuba Gooding Jr.
      Tom Sizemore
      Jon Voight
      Colm Feore
      Mako
      Scott Wilson
      Peter Firth
      Dan Aykroyd
      William Fichtner
      Mike Stenson
      Barry H. Waldman
      Randall Wallace
      Chad Oman
      Bruce Hendricks
      John Schwartzman
      Nigel Phelps
      Chris Lebenzon
      Mark Goldblatt
      Roger Barton
      Eric Brevig
      Michael Kaplan
      Hans Zimmer

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      • Jan 21, 2019

        From director Michael Bay comes the big-budget World War II epic Pearl Harbor. The story follows two best friends who become fighter pilots and get stationed at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack. Featuring Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Jon Voight, Jennifer Garner, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Alec Baldwin, the film has an all-star cast. And, the special effects and battle sequences are extraordinarily well-done, as is the score by Hans Zimmer. But the script is awful, trying to squeeze three different movies into one, and doing a bad job of it. Also, the pacing is incredibly slow, dragging on and on interminably at times. Yet despite all of its problems, Pearl Harbor is a compelling war film with some powerful action scenes.

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      • Mar 29, 2016

        I'm not an American, so I don't know that much about the true story behind this movie. But I do know that I found this movie really entertaining. Of course, there are some points in the movie where it feels extremely slow and you would rather cut your own fingers with razor, but in the end if you are able to see the deep story in what Michael Bay tried to create, it's actually a very entertaining, well-done story that deserves way more acclaim that it got.

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      • Oct 25, 2012

        The story and the screenplay get a 0%, but the action sequence pulls the score up a bit.

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      • May 14, 2012

        The only things good about Pearl Harbor are the action scenes that are surely over the top and the cast's good acting. I guess what made it ineffective is that it's trying too hard to present several viewpoints concerning this World War 2 chronicle which makes it hard for each of those minor stories to seep through the audience's consciousness. It wasn't even that poignant as compared to other war films.

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