Pearl Harbor

A peaceful Sunday morning, December 7th 1941, Hawaii. The quiet air is shattered as squadrons of Japanese bombers blaze across the sky. Their goal - to destroy the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor. This day will change the lives of many, and the history of the world.

In this action-packed historically based drama, the momentous events that shaped the course of that memorable day are seen through the eyes of the dashing young pilots Rafe McCawley (Ben Affleck) and Danny Walker (Josh Harnett), and the beautiful nurse Evelyn Stewart (Kate Beckinsale) adored by both men.

Pearl Harbor is a tale of defeat, victory, bravery and courage, with stunning special effects that recreate the horror and majesty of aerial and naval warfare; and a bold romantic story that will stir you to the core.

  • Genre: War / Drama
  • Starring: Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tom Sizemore, William Fichtner
  • Director: Michael Bay
  • Age Restriction: PG 13
  • Running Time: 183 min
  • Language: English
  • Screen Format: Widescreen
  • Audio Format: Dolby Digital 5.1

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  • Scene Access
  • Interactive Menus
  • Actor(s):
    Ben Affleck Dan Aykroyd Alec Baldwin Josh Hartnett Kate Beckinsale Cuba Gooding Jr.
    Format:
    DVD

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    Short Description

    A peaceful Sunday morning, December 7th 1941, Hawaii. The quiet air is shattered as squadrons of Japanese bombers blaze across the sky. Their goal - to destroy the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor. This day will change the lives of many, and the history of the world.

    In this action-packed historically based drama, the momentous events that shaped the course of that memorable day are seen through the eyes of the dashing young pilots Rafe McCawley (Ben Affleck) and Danny Walker (Josh Harnett), and the beautiful nurse Evelyn Stewart (Kate Beckinsale) adored by both men.

    Pearl Harbor is a tale of defeat, victory, bravery and courage, with stunning special effects that recreate the horror and majesty of aerial and naval warfare; and a bold romantic story that will stir you to the core.

  • Genre: War / Drama
  • Starring: Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tom Sizemore, William Fichtner
  • Director: Michael Bay
  • Age Restriction: PG 13
  • Running Time: 183 min
  • Language: English
  • Screen Format: Widescreen
  • Audio Format: Dolby Digital 5.1

    Special Features:

  • Scene Access
  • Interactive Menus
  • Long description

    Pearl Harbour: Rafe McCawley (Ben Affleck) and Danny Walker (Josh Hartnett) are childhood friends who both dream of flying. As the world becomes embroiled in World War II in the early 1940's, Rafe and Danny sign on with the United States armed forces, although America is still in an isolationist position. Eager to participate in combat, Rafe is compelled to join the British air fight against the Nazis, leaving his girlfriend, beautiful army nurse Evelyn Stewart (Kate Beckinsale) behind. When Evelyn and Danny are transferred to the military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, they hear the news that Rafe has been shot down and killed. Hoping to move on after grieving, Danny and Evelyn find themselves in love. When Rafe returns alive, the three find themselves in an uncomfortable personal situation that is soon engulfed by the massive surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Putting aside their differences, Rafe and Danny join the desperate fight against the enemy invaders. The film's epic sweep intertwines Rafe and Danny's stories with the heroic efforts of such characters as "Dorrie" Miller (Cuba Gooding Jr.), a ship's cook turned fighter, Earl (Tom Sizemore), a courageous base mechanic, and Jimmy Doolittle (Alec Baldwin), the visionary pilot who would lead one of America's most famous counterattacks of the war. Dan Aykroyd also appears as the code breaking Captain Thurman and Jon Voight as President Franklin Roosevelt.

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    Duration (sec):
    176 min.
    Director:
    Michael Bay
    Additional Format:
    Wide Screen
    Special Features:
    Wide Screen
    Animated:
    false
    Zone:
    Region 2

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    A good one

    Set during the time of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, two childhood friends(Danny and Rafe) are caught up in the events that draw the United States into World War II. They enlist in the US Air Force and soon enough they both become involved with the same woman. Some very sad scenes,but not the best movie out there.

    over the top

    Een ding wat die Amerikaners kan doen, is om te veel roomys in jou bakkie te skep. Wat 'n verhaal is Pearl Harbour nie, maar hul gooi sensitiwiteit en insig oorboord en skep net melodramatiese patriotisme in, tot oorlopens toe. Die storie kon kragtiger, en korter, vertel word - die werklike storie, nie die onsinnige Hollywood romanse wat ingevleg word nie. Ek het veel meer verwag, en verveeld geword, ten spyte van die spectacular ontploffings en heroiese sterftes.

    Not quite

    Pearl Harbour quite obviously was made with the intention to topple Titanic as the most successful/greatest movie ever. Also based on a "tragedy waiting to happen" premise , it sadly did not live up to its potential. The movie is too long and the love subplot feels weak and forced. Pearl Harbour's director Michael Bay unfortunately does not pack the punch that Titanic's director James Cameron has. Then again , few do. On the plus side however, the effects are spectacular and in no way does it dominate the film. Great filmmaking, but the America- "our Heroes will prevail" banner is, as ever, very prominent. Incidently, any historian will tell you that the Doolittle raid at the end of the film (where the USA supposedly takes revenge on Japan)was not really considered the proper payback for the carnage at Pearl Harbour. The dropping of the Atom bomb was.

     

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