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History comes alive in the unforgettable epic picture PEARL HARBOR, the spectacular blockbuster brought to the screen by Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay. Astounding visual and audio effects put you at the center of the event that changed the world -- that early Sunday morning in paradise when warplanes screamed across the peaceful skies of Pearl Harbor and jolted America into World War II. This real-life tale of catastrophic defeat, heroic victory, and personal courage focuses on the war's devastating impact on two daring young pilots, Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett, and a beautiful, dedicated nurse, Kate Beckinsale. PEARL HARBOR is extraordinary moviemaking -- a breathtaking reenactment of the "date which will live in infamy" and a heartfelt tribute to the men and women who lived it.
Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tom Sizemore, Jon Voight, Colm Feore, Mako , Alec Baldwin, William Lee Scott, Michael Shannon, Scott Wilson, Peter Firth, Greg Zola, Ewen Bremner, James King, Catherine Kellner, Jennifer Garner, Matt Davis, John Fujioka, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Dan Aykroyd, Reiley McClendon, Jesse James, William Fichtner, Steve Rankin, Brian Haley, David Hornsby, Graham Beckel, Howard Mungo, Randy Oglesby, Ping Wu, Stan Cahill, Kevin Wensing, Tom Everett, Tomas Arana, Beth Grant, Sara Rue, Sung Kang, Raphael Sbarge, Marty Belafsky, Yuji Okumoto, Josh Green, Ian Bohen, Michael Milhoan, Marco Gould, Andrew Bryniarski, Nicholas Downs, Tim Choate, John Diehl, Joe Kelly, Ron Harper, Ted McGinley, Madison Mason, Kim Coates, Andrew Baley, Glenn Morshower, Paul Francis, Scott Wiper, Eric Christian Olsen, Rod Biermann, Noriaki Kamata, Garret T. Sato, Eiji Inoue, Precious Chong, Jeff Wadlow, Will Gill Jr., Seth Sakai, Curtis Anderson, Blaine Pate, John Pyper-Ferguson, Michael Shamus Wiles, Brett Pedigo, Toru M. Tanaka Jr., Sean Gunn, Joshua Ackerman, Matt Casper, David Kaufman, L.L. Ginter, Joshua Aaron Gulledge, Guy Torry, Leland Orser, Peter James Smith, Mark Noon, Pat Healy, Thomas Wilson Brown, Chad Morgan, James Saito, Angel Sing, Tak Kubota, Robert Jayne, Vic Chao, Michael Gradilone, Fred Koehler, John Padget, Ben Easter, Cory Tucker, Abe Sylvia, Jason Liggett, Mark Panasuk, Bret Roberts, John Howry, Rufus Dorsey, Patrice Martinez, Rodney Bursiel, Rob McCabe, Brandon Lozano, Seiki Moriguchi, Brian D. Falk, Estevan Gonzalo, Christopher Stroop, Sean Faris, Vincent J. Inghilterra, Nicholas Farrell, Tony Curran, Viv Weatherall, Benjamin Farry, Daniel Mays
© 2001 Touchstone Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: 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.
Wall Street Journal
Pearl Harbor is a blockheaded, hollow-hearted industrial enterprise.
March 13, 2019
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Common Sense Says
Violent war story mixed with soapy love triangle.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pearl Harbor is a three-hour Michael Bay war movie about the surprise attack that led to America's entrance into World War II. The movie features extended and intense battle violence with thousands of casualties, including characters we care about. Soldiers use profanity ("son of a bitch," "bulls--t," "t-tties," "damn") and joke about seduction techniques. A couple decides not to have sex because they don't want to have any regrets. Another couple does have sex, and the woman becomes pregnant. There is some drinking and drunkenness. Cuba Gooding, Jr. plays a real-life hero of World War II, the first black man to win the Navy Cross. It's worth mentioning that the movie attempts to show Japan not just as "the enemy," but also as soldiers and leaders who had families and loved ones who were somewhat ambivalent about launching the attack. In one scene, an injured American soldier yells that he doesn't want to be treated by a "Jap" -- his prejudice the smallest hint of the Japanese-American internment camps that, for all the heroism and sacrifice in so many other ways, would be one of the most shameful aspects of American involvement in World War II.
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- Genre:Action, Drama
- Release Date:May 25, 2001
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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