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At Theaters: 5/25/2001 On Video: 12/4/2001
Rated: PG-13 Length: 3 hr. 3 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 299901
Studio: Touchstone Pictures Inc.
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On a sleepy Sunday morning in December, as children played and families prayed, squadrons of Japanese warplanes screamed across the skies of a Hawaiian paradise and launched a surprise attack on the U.S. armed forces at Pearl Harbor. The infamous day jolted America from peaceful isolationism to total war and altered the course of history.
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War Action Romantic - Anyone who wants to see stuff blow up real good won't be disappointed by the middle hour of this WWII drama. Unfortunately, the two hours of tepid romance that sandwich the action are sure to bore every audience. Despite some mildly graphic bloodshed and some sensuality, the film is largely appropriate for all audiences.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Ben Affleck BOUNCE, REINDEER GAMES, BOILER ROOM, DOGMA
Josh Hartnett BLOW DRY, THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, HERE ON EARTH
Kate Beckinsale BROKEDOWN PALACE, THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO
Cuba Gooding, Jr. MEN OF HONOR, CHILL FACTOR, INSTINCT
Tom Sizemore RED PLANET, PLAY IT TO THE BONE
Dir/Prod: Michael Bay ARMAGEDDON
Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer COYOTE UGLY, ENEMY OF THE STATE
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Introduction
About The Characters
Production Notes
Production Notes (Continued)
About The Production
About The Production (Continued)
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PROFANITY: No F-words, 10 GD's, several milder ones.
SEX/NUDITY: One very mild sexual scene. No nudity.
VIOLENCE: War time violence only. Many killed. Somewhat graphic.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: Mainly the long Dec. 7th attack and one smaller raid.
COMEDY: Only around fifteen funny remarks made.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
AVERAGE "The central problem with the film is not the reliance upon special effects or the overlong running time - it's the lack of dramatic tension and empathy for the protagonists. Largely because it employs clichés and contrivances to push the narrative forward, the screenplay never draws us into the characters' world, nor does it involve us in their romance (certainly not the way Titanic does)."

Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times  Full Review
BELOW AVERAGE "P earl Harbor" is a two-hour movie squeezed into three hours, about how on Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese staged a surprise attack on an American love triangle. Its centerpiece is 40 minutes of redundant special effects, surrounded by a love story of stunning banality. The film has been directed without grace, vision or originality."

USA TODAY  Full Review
AVERAGE "Ships, planes and water combust and collide in Pearl Harbor, but nothing else does in one of the wimpiest wartime romances ever filmed."

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Based on an Exit Polling of 118 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
13
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
17
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
17
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
6
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
30
Very High
100%
30+Adults (F)
35
Very High
100%
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Moviegoer Opinions:

This movie proves the value of our moviegoer opinions. Critics only rated Pearl Harbor "average." Moviegoers, both male and female, of ALL ages, LOVED Pearl Harbor! Nearly everyone rated it "Excellent" or "Fantastic," which is extremely rare. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND PEARL HARBOR TO EVERYONE!

Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
Personally, I enjoyed Pearl Harbor very much, as did my wife. I found the love stories entertaining enough and the Pearl attack was AWESOME! Overall, I feel the vast majority of people will provide high opinions of Pearl Harbor. We do expect some will feel the love story slows the movie down too much.

I would recommend seeing this movie, mainly if seeing the attack scenes interest you. If you aren't into war scenes, you may find the love stories entertaining enough, but it's unlikely you will feel it's a great movie based solely on the love stories.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
The story follows two daring young pilots, Rafe McCawley (Ben Affleck) and Danny Walker (Josh Hartnett), who grew up like brothers and first learned to fly in the daring and dangerous aviation practice of crop-dusting; now they both have become pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Rafe falls in love with Evelyn Johnson (Kate Beckinsale), a beautiful and courageous nurse serving in the U.S. Navy. But their love has only just begun to bloom when their personal destiny — and that of a world on the brink of war — intervenes.

Bold and idealistic, Rafe joins the Eagle Squadron, a group of Americans, Canadians, Australians, Swedes and others from neutral countries who volunteer to fight alongside English pilots during the Battle of Britain. Leaving his new love and his best friend behind, with the promise that he will return, he heads off for the deadly skies above the English Channel, while both Evelyn and Danny are transferred to Hawaii's idyllic paradise — Pearl Harbor.

Before December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor is heaven. Although Danny and Evelyn don't initially take advantage of being stationed in such a tranquil spot, their comrades and friends make the best of it. Here Rafe and Danny's pal, Red (Ewen Bremner) finds a nurse of his own, Betty (James King). Billy (William Lee Scott), another pilot from their training days in New York, and several nurses including Barbara (Catherine Kellner) and Sandra (Jennifer Garner) are also transferred out west. There, they meet Earl (Tom Sizemore), an airplane mechanic extraordinaire and Gooz (Michael Shannon), a flying surf hound, among the new squadron.

On a sleepy Sunday morning in December, as children played and families prayed, squadrons of Japanese warplanes screamed across the skies of a Hawaiian paradise and launched a surprise attack on the U.S. armed forces at Pearl Harbor. The infamous day that jolted America from peaceful isolationism to total war and altered the course of world history.

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