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Pearl Harbor

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 2001
  • Michael Bay
  • 175 mins
  • 12

Summary

Second World War romantic drama starring Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale. Offered the chance to fly with the Royal Air Force, Rafe McCawley leaves his home in the United States behind. When news reaches his best friend, Danny, and sweetheart, Evelyn, that Rafe is missing presumed dead, the two embark on an affair. But their romance is soon disrupted by the events of 7 December 1941.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

The surprise bombing of Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 was a major event in US history (awakening the sleeping giant and all that), but this attempt to capture it on screen by the big-thinking producer/director team of Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay (The Rock, Armageddon) is a huge disappointment. The actual attack, which forms the middle act of the film's bloated running time, is an amazing spectacle. However, its sheer cinematic power is undermined by our total lack of empathy for any of the cardboard cut-out characters played by Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale and Josh Hartnett. Weaknesses of plot and characterisation are only amplified by the film's unwieldy size and patriotic portent, and the script is toe-curlingly bad. Bruckheimer and Bay presumably think their love story and wartime heroics are charmingly old-fashioned. They have clearly not studied Casablanca or From Here to Eternity.

Credits

Cast

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Rafe McCawleyBen Affleck
Danny WalkerJosh Hartnett
Evelyn JohnsonKate Beckinsale
Doris "Dorie" MillerCuba Gooding Jr
Earl SisternTom Sizemore
President Franklin D RooseveltJon Voight
Admiral KimmelColm Feore
Admiral YamamotoMako
Gen James H DoolittleAlec Baldwin
BillyWilliam Lee Scott
GoozMichael Shannon
General MarshallScott Wilson
Captain of the West VirginiaPeter Firth
Anthony R FuscoGreg Zola
RedEwen Bremner
BettyJaime King
SandraJennifer Garner
Captain ThurmanDan Aykroyd
Lieutenant Commander GendaCary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Danny's fatherWilliam Fichtner

Crew

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DirectorMichael Bay

Details

Theatrical distributor
Buena Vista
Released on
2001-06-01
Languages
English | Japanese | French
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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