is a war
directed by Michael Bay
features a large ensemble cast
including Ben Affleck
, Alec Baldwin
, Josh Hartnett
, Kate Beckinsale
, Cuba Gooding, Jr.
, Dan Aykroyd
, Tom Sizemore
, and Jennifer Garner
It is a
dramatic re-imagining of the Empire of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor
Naval Base and the
subsequent Doolittle Raid and was
produced by Bay and Jerry
Bruckheimer, who had previously worked on blockbusters such as
Bad Boys, The Rock and Armageddon.
Some of its
scenes were among the last to be filmed in Technicolor
The film opens in Tennesse, 1923, two boys Rafe McCawley and Danny
Walker are pretending to be fighting the Germans, until Danny's
father tells him to come home, and starts beating him because Rafe
is illiterate. Rafe defends Danny by calling his father a German,
Danny's father counters by explaining that he fought the Germans in
World War I
Now in the United States Army Air Corps and now First Lieutenants
Rafe McCawley (Affleck
) and Danny Walker
) are experienced, reckless,
but talented pilots under the command of Major
). McCawley volunteers to serve with the
Royal Air Force
's Eagle Squadrons
. He meets Evelyn
Johnson (Beckinsale), a Navy nurse, before leaving
for England; Johnson and
Walker are transferred to Pearl Harbor. In Japan meanwhile, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto plans an attack on Pearl
Harbor after the U.S. freezes
is shot down in combat over the
Channel and presumed killed in
While mourning for McCawley, Walker and Johnson
have an intimate encounter and begin dating. On the day Johnson
discovers that she is pregnant, McCawley returns after three months
; Walker and Johnson's relationship estranges McCawley
from them. After a fight the two men begin to
reconcile,The next morning on December 7th, they are interrupted by
the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor by Zero fighters, Val dive bombers, and Kate
The surprise Japanese air raid
sinks the , , and many other ships. While Johnson and other nurses
struggle to help the wounded, McCawley and Walker manage to shoot
down seven Japanese aircraft with P-40s
using their reckless tactics. The
heroes are both promoted to Captain
, awarded the Silver Star
and assigned to now-Colonel
Doolittle for a dangerous and top-secret
mission. Prior to leaving, Johnson reveals to McCawley her love for
him, pregnancy, and intention to stay with Walker, since the child
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
) wants to send a message that the Japanese homeland is not immune from bombing
McCawley, and others are to fly B-25
Mitchell medium bombers from the
aircraft carrier , bomb Tokyo, and land in
The two men succeed in their bombing but
Imperial Japanese Army
China. Walker gives his life to save McCawley, who promises to
raise Walker's son. The film closes with McCawley, Johnson, and
Danny (Walker and Johnson's son) visiting Walker's grave and Rafe
with Danny flying off into the sunset.
Depiction of historical events
Many Pearl Harbor survivors dismissed the film as grossly
inaccurate and pure Hollywood.
The movie was also criticized for the way it "distinguished
Americans from Japanese, including the wearing of black clothes,
the lack of a social life, family, or friends, and the devotion to
warring, juxtaposing these with the portraits of Americans".
The roles that the two male leads played by Affleck and Hartnett
have in the attack sequence are analogous to the real historical
deeds of U.S. Army Air Corps
and Kenneth M. Taylor
, who took to the skies during the
Japanese attack and, together, claimed six Japanese aircraft and a
few probables; however, the movie itself makes no mention of or
allusion to Welch's and Taylor's existence in history, and the
movie's plot involving the leads, aside from their roles in the
attack sequence, does not match any other historical account of
Welch or Taylor. Some critics consider the presence of the two
fictional main characters in their steads a blatant usurpation
of the true historical figures' roles.
This point, when coupled with what many critics feel is an
arbitrary and ill-conceived love triangle plot involving the
fictional replacements, led to the accusation that Pearl
was an abuse of artistic
Taylor, who died in November 2006, previously declared the film
adaptation "a piece of trash... over-sensationalized and
Like many historical dramas
provoked debate about the artistic license
taken by its producers and director. National Geographic Channel
produced a documentary called Beyond the Movie: Pearl
which covers some of the ways that "the film's final
cut didn't reflect all the attacks' facts, or represent them all
Historical inaccuracies found in the film include, but are not
Early childhood sequences
- The Stearman biplane
was produced during the mid-1930s while the opening scene of the
film is set in 1923, a Curtiss JN-4
Jenny would have been more appropriate, but no flyable aircraft
of that type was sourced for filming. Although testing with
crop-dusting had begun by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and
the U.S. Army Air Service in 1921, the first commercial
crop-dusting company did not begin operation until 1924 and it was
two more years before it became widespread. The idea of a lone
independent crop-duster in 1923 is historically unlikely.
Eagle Squadron sequence's
- While the two main characters are training on Long Island, NY.,
(non-existent) mountains are visible.
- Ben Affleck's character is portrayed as joining the Royal Air Force (RAF) as part of the
Eagle squadron; serving U.S. airmen
were prohibited from doing so, though American civilians joining
the RAF were allowed.
Affleck's character was based at RAF Oakley; it was a training base during the war, not a
- During the Battle of Britain flight sequences, the RAF
Spitfires are shown flying in the standard American four-ship
formation instead of the three-ship Vee or "VIC" formation at this
stage of the war. Again, this depiction is open to dispute,
because by the time of the late Battle, the RAF had adopted the
Rotte and Schwarm system, known in RAF parlance
as the "Finger Four", which the USAF itself adopted as "Four Ship"
- Ben Affleck's is flying a Spitfire with "RF" side marks- only
No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron
had these marks. No American pilots served in this squadron.
Pearl Harbor sequences
- The Japanese aircraft carrier from which the invasion force was
launched featured modern catapults and an angled metal deck
(instead of one made from wooden planking). These innovations were
not introduced until the mid-1950s, and the Japanese never
possessed that kind of military technology.
- In the film, the P-40N model of the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk U.S. fighter aircraft is
shown. Nevertheless, the "N" model of the P-40 was not available to
the United States until 1943. At the airfield where the pilots are
preparing themselves and trying to take action against the strafing
Japanese aircraft, Ben Affleck's character erroneously says "P-40s
can't outrun Zeroes, we'll just have to
outfly them". This contradicts the standard tactics of P-40
squadrons to "outrun" Zeros because of its far faster dive rate.
"Outflying" a Zero in a dogfight was considered next to suicidal
because of the Zero's high maneuverability. The standard tactic for
American and Allied pilots, from the AVG (Flying Tigers) in late 1940 through 1941 and
throughout the Pacific War, was basic "hit-and-run". They would
dive on Zeroes, get what "hits" they could, and then outrun them
(although it could be referring to the P-40s starting from a
standstill and having to climb, during which the Zeros would
outrun, or, rather, outclimb them). P-40s are shown doing tight
maneuvers and incredibly dangerous stunts. The Zero was nimble and
was the most feared fighter of the Pacific
War until the F6F Hellcat debuted in
1943, and the P-40 was in no way able to "dog-fight" with the
- Japanese Navy Air Service aircraft of the period were painted
very light gray-green, not dark green.
- At the time of the attack, the battleships in Battleship Row were moored in pairs
side-by-side, without gaps through which aircraft could fly.
Arizona Memorial, which straddles the sunken USS
Arizona, can be briefly seen in a pan shot. The
memorial was dedicated in the 1960s.
- The USS Whipple,
a Knox Class frigate, can be seen clearly in a background shot of
Doris Miller's boxing scene on the USS Arizona. Another
Knox Class Frigate, USS Miller (FF-1091) was named for
Miller. The Knox-class was not in service until 1969.
- One of the intelligence photographs taken by the Japanese spies
shows a North
Carolina-class battleship. USS North Carolina did not arrive at Pearl Harbor until June
- The retired Iowa-class battleship USS
Missouri was used to represent West Virginia for
Dorie Miller's boxing match.
Iowa-class battleships have a 3x3 main gun configuration
versus the 4x2 layout of West Virginia. Also, West
Virginia did not have the World War II-era bridge and masts
found on newer U.S. battleships until her reconstruction was
finished in 1943. The Iowa-class themselves did not enter
service until 1943–44.
- USS Texas doubles for USS West Virginia during the
sequences featuring Dorie Miller. Texas is
considerably different in design than the ship she portrays, most
notably lacking the "cage" masts that distinguished West
Virginia and California-class battleships.
these sequences, West Virginia appears moored by herself,
but in reality Tennessee was moored inboard (between
West Virginia and Ford Island) at the time of the attack.
- In the attack, a sailor is shown jumping clear of a falling
battleship tripod main mast. No battleship lost a tripod mast in
such a manner. Not even in the sinking of the USS Oklahoma, which capsized,
did a mast fall in such a way as shown in the film.
- In the film, Miller is shown firing a twin Browning M2 air
cooled 50 caliber machine gun. In reality, the .50 caliber machine
guns found on the USS West Virginia were water-cooled,
similar to the .303 Vickers.
- A Newport-class LST,
recognizable by the twin derricks on its
bow, is briefly visible in a panoramic shot. The Newport class was
not built until the late 1960s.
Roosevelt did not receive the
news of the Pearl Harbor attack by an aide or advisor running into
the room. He was having lunch with Harry
Hopkins, a trusted friend, and he received a phone call from
Secretary of War
Henry Stimson. Hopkins refused to
believe the report. The President believed it.
- Admiral Kimmel had received warnings about an attack but,
thinking them vague, did not put his forces on full-scale alert.
This contradicts the film's portrayal of Kimmel as a leader railing
against Washington's apathy about the Japanese threat.
- Even though he specifically asked, by dispatch and in person,
for all information, Admiral Kimmel never received the secret
Magic dispatches that showed
vital information. He also never received the famous 14-part
message the Japanese were delivering in response to the U.S. "ultimatum" of November
26. Especially not the 14th part which indicated the 1:00 p.m.
(EST) delivery of the message and ordering the destruction of the
"coding" equipment, even though this had been decoded some nine
hours before the attack.
- The reports given to Admiral Kimmel led him and his staff (as
well as General Walter Short, the
Commander of the Hawaiian Army units) to believe if Japan did
attack, it would be somewhere in the southwest Pacific and not
Pearl Harbor. In fact, Washington concurred when Kimmel deployed
his carrier task forces away from Hawaii. Before Pearl Harbor
was attacked, he had deployed them around Wake and Midway Islands, to deliver fighters for protecting the ferry
flights of B-17s to the Philippines (which had
a higher priority, and complete access to Magic).
- The so-called "War Warning" dispatch Admiral Kimmel received on
November 27, 1941, did not warn the Pacific Fleet of an attack in
the Hawaiian area. It did not state expressly or by implication an
attack in the Hawaiian area was imminent or probable. It did not
repeal or modify the advice previously given by the Navy Department
no move against Pearl Harbor was imminent or planned by Japan. The
dispatch warned of war in the Far East.
number and equipment of Japanese troops and the organization of
Naval task forces indicated an amphibious expedition against the
Philippines, Thailand, or Kra Peninsula, or
- Admiral Kimmel was not on a golf course on the morning of the attack (he was
planning to meet Short for a regular game, but cancelled as news of
the attack came in), nor was he notified of the Japanese embassy
D.C., prior to the attack. The first official
notification of the attack was received by General Short several
hours after the attack had ended. The report of attacking an enemy
midget submarine, in real life, did not reach him until after the
bombs began falling.
- Dorie Miller's actions during the battle are altered. In the
film, Miller comforts Captain Mervyn
S. Bennion and is with him
when he dies. Miller delivers the captain's last orders to the
ship's executive officer and then mans a machine gun. In reality,
Miller picked him up after he was wounded and attempted to carry
him to a first-aid station; the Captain refused to leave his post
and remained on the bridge and continued to direct the battle until
he died of his wounds just before the ship was abandoned. While
Miller did man an antiaircraft gun, he was never credited with any
kills (as opposed to the one shown in the film).
- In the attack, four decommissioned Spruance-class
destroyers nested together are shown being bombed and on fire
several times during the sequence. The first
Spruance-class ship was not commissioned until 1975.
- When Dorie Miller is manning the twin .50, the ship moored next
to his is a Knox- class Frigate. The Knox-class
was not in service until 1969.
- During the "1940" film montage near the start of the film that
explains the start of the War in Europe, film of the twin
towers of Köln/Cologne Cathedral in Germany are used while the
narrator speaks about the invasion of France. The subsequent clip
shows a tank, Pershing tank, firing up
a street where the towers of Köln are visible. The only time an
American model tank would have been firing in the streets of Köln
would have been in March 1945 when the city was captured, and not
during the Invasion of France by Germany in 1940.
- There are repeated sequences of Japanese strafing attacks
against civilians, particularly the nurses running to the hospital.
Later, the hospital was bombed. In actuality, there were very few
civilian casualties from the attack, and the vast majority are
believed to be the result of American anti-aircraft shells being
fired at the Japanese planes.
Doolittle Raid sequences
- The film suggests a submarine captain gave the idea for the
raid. In reality, Captain Francis Low, Assistant Chief of Staff for
Anti-submarine Warfare, came
up with the initial concept, which he reported to Admiral Ernest J. King
on January 10, 1942.
- In preparation for the attack, Doolittle (Baldwin) is shown
training the pilots on land in a flat, sparsely wooded valley near
mountains somewhere in the American Southwest. The actual training
was done at Lexington County Army Air
Base, Columbia, South Carolina and at various auxiliary fields of the Eglin Army
Air Field reservation, previously the Valparaiso Bombing and
Gunnery Range, in northwest Florida.
- Several shots of the USS
Hornet aircraft carrier depicted it as having an angled
flight deck, a technology that was not implemented until after the
war. While the USS Hornet was portrayed
by a World War II era vessel (USS Lexington), the USS Hornet was an earlier modified
carrier, whereas the Lexington was a modernized
carrier. The actual takeoff sequence was filmed
aboard the USS Constellation, a Kitty Hawk-class supercarrier. The
Constellation is much larger than the Hornet or
Essex class carriers, making it much safer for the B-25's
to take off from. The Japanese carriers are portrayed more
correctly by comparison—a few of them did have their bridge/conning
tower superstructure on the port side rather than the more common
- Affleck and Hartnett's characters are shown
taking part in the Doolittle bombing raid over Tokyo in which, as
fighter pilots, they would not have been allowed to
participate. All of the bomber crews selected for the
Doolittle mission came from a single unit based in South Carolina,
the 17th Medium Bombardment Group.
- The B-25 Mitchells shown
participating in the raid are "J"-models, although the models used
in the actual raid were "B" models and when Hartnett's character
complains, "We're using broomsticks for tail guns!" the false tail
guns were among modifications made for the mission, because the
B-25B did not have a gun position in its tail. It also did not have
the "package guns" a few aircraft in the film carried; these were
not added until 1943.
- The Raiders are shown flying in formation from the carrier to
the target, while, during the actual mission, each Raider aircraft
flew by itself, with an hour elapsing between the first and last
- Several crewmen on Affleck and Hartnett's B-25s are killed in
the firefight with the Japanese, including Hartnett's character. No
members of the raid were killed in combat with the Japanese, but
the crews of two of the crashed aircraft were captured by the
- The flak over Tokyo in the movie was not as thick as it is
depicted. For example, as stated on the Doolittle Raid article, only the B-25 of Lt.
Richard O. Joyce received any battle damage with minor hits from
anti-aircraft fire. No crewmen were killed during the actual raid
- Before launching, it is stated in the film that the task group
had been spotted by a destroyer-escort; in reality, they were
spotted by fishing vessels.
- During the takeoff scene, when the camera changes to Danny's
nose wheel, you can see the catapults of the modern carrier.
Aircraft of the Doolittle sequence
||Palm Springs, CA
||Palm Springs, CA
||Planes of Fame Air Museum, CA
||Aero Traders, CA
- The film shows Doolittle training with Rafe's squadron as a
major. In reality, Doolittle was not recalled to active service
until after the attack on December 7.
- Mitchel Field is incorrectly spelled "Mitchell
- Despite Long Island's flat, level surface, mountains are visible in the
flying shots over Long Island.
- Navy Nurse Betty claims to be 17 years old and that she has
cheated with her age to be accepted, but Navy Nurses were required
to be registered nurses to join the
Navy Nurse Corps, which meant three
years of prior training and passing a state board examination,
unlikely qualifications for any 17-year old. The minimum age to
join the Navy Nurse Corps was 22.
- The ward dresses of the nurses have a different style than the
ones Navy Nurses actually wore during World War II, and no nurse
would have worked with long hair falling freely about her
- The observation car seen in the
train station was made for the California Zephyr, which did not appear
until after World War II.
Mary is seen in
New York Harbor in full Cunard colors. The ship had already been
painted grey and assumed duties as a troopship. By late 1940, the
Queen Mary was on her way to Sydney to be fully
fitted out as a troopship.
- The radar monitors shown in Pearl Harbor were of the more
modern type which had a rotating dish. This type of radar was not
in use at the time.
- The distinct outline of a U.S. Kitty Hawk-class
aircraft carrier, the USS Constellation, can be made out in a wide-angle shot. The
first ship of this class was not commissioned until 1961. In the
same shot, the sail of a modern submarine can be easily made
- No U.S. Navy nurses would assess whether pilot candidates in
the U.S. Army Air Corps were fit to fly.
- Dorie Miller is shown receiving his
Navy Cross on the deck of a battleship.
actually received his medal in a ceremony aboard an aircraft
carrier, the USS
Enterprise, on May 27, 1942, shortly before the
- There are several shots of three destroyers tied abreast of
each other taking hits at their pier. The three destroyers shown
are each Spruance class destroyers.
The Spru-cans did not enter service until the 1970s.
- Prior to the attack, Admiral Yamamoto turns a Japanese calendar
to Sunday, December 7 to make note of the date of the operation. In
reality, when the attack started at 6:37 am Hawaii time, it was
1:37 am on Monday, December 8 in Japan. The date December 7 was
used because it is noted by Americans as the date of the attack.
The Japanese version shows Yamamoto making note of the December 8
as the operation date.
- The dollar bill with the overprint of Hawaii did not come out
until summer 1942.
- During the newsreel-style montage of fleet action with the
voice-over "Japan continues its military conquest throughout the
Pacific", footage of the sinking of HMAS Torrens, torpedoed as a
target in 1999, can be seen.
- During the panning shot of the fleet just before the Doolittle
raid, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is visible in the
back. These ships did not come into service until 1991.
- Yamamoto in real life was missing two
fingers. In the movie he has all fingers.
- Roosevelt claims Stalin begged him to
join in World War II. Stalin did no such thing (in fact, at the
time depicted, very early 1941, Stalin himself was not yet in the
war); however, in the 1943 Tehran
Conference, he did press both Roosevelt and Churchill to open a
- Roosevelt's famous Infamy Speech
was severely altered; he also wore his glasses during the speech,
whereas in the movie he does not wear his glasses.
- In one shot, the camera shows a pan over a columned building
inscribed with the words "Navy Department". In reality, the
building shown is the United States Capitol building, as the rotunda dome is clearly
- When taking off on the Doolittle Raid, and in the training
scenes beforehand, the B-25 bombers can be seen taking off with the
wind on their tails. Carrier-borne aircraft always take off
into the wind.
- In a
shot of the American bombers flying over Japan during the Doolittle
Raid, the Byodo-in
Temple is depicted with Japanese women walking in front of
it. This replica is in Hawaii. The real temple is a much duller shade of
brown. In Japan, this short scene was inexplicably cut from both
the theatrical and DVD release of the film.
- In the scene where Rafe is being awarded the Distinguished
Flying Cross by President Roosevelt, his only other ribbon was a
Distinguished Flying Cross from the UK. His only award prior to
that was the Silver Star.
- At 1:53:59, what can clearly be seen as a Zero is being fired upon by American anti-aircraft
gunners. However, at 1:54:00, the plane, following that sequence in
the film, has mysteriously transformed into a Kate torpedo plane, which promptly crashes into a
- Oddly, for a movie set in the 1940s, when about half of the
U.S. population smoked, almost no one is seen smoking during the
film. Director Michael Bay is very anti-smoking and didn't want it
portrayed onscreen at all, glamorously or otherwise.
- The wooden boat shown in the scene going to the Queen Mary is
actually a mid-1950's Chris Craft 19' Capri. The blond boards are
indicative of post-war wooden boat construction, as well as the
- In end of the film, Rafe, already home after the raid, is seen
receiving a medal from FDR. The raid members were freed in August
1945. However, FDR died in April that year.
Although Pearl Harbor
cost approximately US$132 million to
film and promote, it grossed a relatively modest US$200 million at
the domestic box office, but it soon earned a respectable US$450
million worldwide. The film was actually ranked seventh
highest-earning picture of 2001.
received predominantly negative reviews from
critics and the public, earning only a 24% approval from critics on
the review-compiling website Rotten
. While it earned praise for its technical
achievements, the screenplay and acting were popular targets for
gave the film one-and-a-half
stars and wrote, "The film has been directed without grace, vision,
or originality, and although you may walk out quoting lines of
dialog, it will not be because you admire them" and criticized its
liberties with historical fact: "There is no sense of history,
strategy or context; according to this movie, Japan attacked Pearl
Harbor because America cut off its oil supply, and they were down
to an 18 month reserve. Would going to war restore the fuel
sources? Did they perhaps also have imperialist designs? Movie
doesn't say". A. O. Scott
The New York Times
wrote, "Nearly every line of the script drops from the actors'
mouths with the leaden clank of exposition, timed with bad sitcom
beats". USA Today
gave the film
two out of four stars and wrote, "Ships, planes and water combust
and collide in Pearl Harbor
, but nothing else does in one
of the wimpiest wartime romances ever filmed". In his review for
the Washington Post
Howe wrote, "although this Walt Disney movie is based, inspired and
even partially informed by a real event referred to as Pearl
Harbor, the movie is actually based on the movies Top Gun
and Saving Private Ryan
. Don't get
confused". Rolling Stone
magazine's Peter Travers
"Affleck, Hartnett and Beckinsale - a British actress without a
single worthy line to wrap her credible American accent around -
are attractive actors, but they can't animate this moldy romantic
film's love triangle: "It requires a lot of patience for an
audience to sit through the dithering. They're nice kids and all
that, but they don't exactly claw madly at one another. It's as if
they know that someday they're going to be part of "the Greatest
Generation" and don't want to offend Tom
. Besides, megahistory and personal history never
was more positive giving the film a "B-" rating and Owen Gleiberman
the Pearl Harbor attack
sequence: "Bay's staging is spectacular but also honorable in its
scary, hurtling exactitude ... There are startling point-of-view
shots of torpedoes dropping into the water and speeding toward
their targets, and though Bay visualizes it all with a minimum of
graphic carnage, he invites us to register the terror of the men
standing helplessly on deck, the horrifying split-second
deliverance as bodies go flying and explosions reduce entire
battleships to liquid walls of collapsing metal". In his review for
The New York
, Andrew Sarris
wrote, "here is the ironic twist in my acceptance of Pearl
-the parts I liked most are the parts before and after
the digital destruction of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese carrier
planes" and felt that "Pearl Harbor
is not so much about
World War II as it is about movies about World War II. And what's
wrong with that?"
The soundtrack for the 2004
film Team America: World Police
contains a song entitled End Of An Act
. The lyrics "Pearl
Harbor Sucked (And I Miss You)" equate the singer's longing to how
much "Michael Bay missed the mark when he made Pearl Harbor" which
is "an awful lot, girl". The ballad contains other common
criticisms of the film, concluding with the rhetorical question
"Why does Michael
Bay get to keep on making movies?"
Director Michael Bay responded to Ebert's criticism of his film:
"He commented on TV that bombs don't fall like that. Does he
actually think we didn't research every nook and cranny of how
armor-piercing bombs fell? He's watched too many movies. He thinks
they all fall flat — armor-piercing bombs fall straight down,
that's the way it was designed! But he's on the air pontificating
and giving the wrong information. That's insulting!"
A two-disc Commemorative 60th Anniversary Edition was released on
December 4, 2001. This release included the feature on disc one,
and on disc two, Journey to the Screen
, a 47-minute
documentary on the monumental production of the film, Unsung
Heroes of Pearl Harbor
, a 50-minute documentary on
little-known heroes of the attack, a Faith
music video, and theatrical trailers.
Harbor DVD gift set that includes the Commemorative Edition
two-disc set, National
Geographic's "Beyond the Movie" feature, and a dual-sided map
was released concurrently on December 4, 2001.
A deluxe Vista Series
edition of the film was released on
July 2, 2002. It contained an extended, R-rated cut of the film
with numerous commentaries from the cast and crew alongside a few
"easter eggs". The extended cut of the film included the
re-insertion of graphic carnage during the central attack
(including shots of eviscerated bodies being torn apart by
strafing, blood, flying limbs and so forth); small alterations and
additions to existing scenes; Doolittle addressing the pilots
before the raid; and the replacement of the campfire scene with a
scene of Doolittle speaking personally to Rafe and Danny about the
value of friendship; it runs at 184 minutes compared to the 183
minutes of the theatrical cut.
This elaborate package, which DVDtalk.com called "the most
extensive set released comprising of only one film" includes four
discs of film and bonus features, a replication of Roosevelt's
promotional postcards, and a carrying case that resembles a
historic photo album. The bonus features include all the features
included in the commemorative edition, plus additional footage.
Three audio commentaries: 1) Director and film historian, 2) Cast,
and 3) Crew. Other features include The Surprise Attack
a multi-angle breakdown of the film's most exciting sequence (30
minutes), which includes multiple video tracks (such as
pre-visualization and final edit) and commentaries from veterans;
Pearl Harbor Historic Timeline - a set-top interactive feature
produced by documentarian Charles Kiselyak (68 minutes);
Soldier's Boot Camp
- follows the actors as they take
preparation for their roles to an extreme (30 minutes)), One
Hour Over Tokyo
and The Unsung Heroes of Pearl Harbor
- 2 History Channel documentaries; Super-8 Montage
collection of unseen super-8 footage shot for potential use in the
movie by Michael Bay's Assistant, Mark Palansky; Deconstructing
- an in-depth conversation with Michael Bay and
Eric Breving (of Industrial Light and Magic) about the special
effects in the movie; and Nurse Ruth Erickson
On December 19, 2006, a 65th Anniversary Commemorative Edition
high-definition Blu-Ray Disc
At the 2002 Academy Awards
was nominated for four awards, winning one
for Sound Effects
. Its other nominations were for Best Sound
, Best Visual Effects
At the Golden Globe awards
was nominated for best original score and best song.
At the 2001 Golden
Raspberry Awards Pearl Harbor
was nominated for six
awards:Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, Worst
Screen Couple, Worst Actor (Ben Affleck), and Worst Remake or
Sequel (presumably of the 1970
Tora! Tora! Tora!
); but lost to Tom Green
's Freddy Got Fingered
in all but the
latter category, wherein it lost to Tim
's version of Planet of the
- Suid, Lawrence. "Pearl Harbor: Bombed Again". Naval
History August 2001, Vol. 15, No. 4 (United States Naval
institute), p. 20. Suid's article is particularly detailed in the
major factual misrepresentations of the film and the impact of
them, even in an entertainment film.
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