Pearl Harbor war movie
Pearl Harbor war movie

Pearl Harbor (2001, United States)

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Running time: 180 minutes

Language: English / Japanese

The story of relations between two American pilots and a nurse - all of it weaved between the most important events at the beginning of World War 2: Battle of Britain, attack on Pearl Harbor and Doolittle Raid. Rafe McCawley during his medical exam meets beautiful nurse Evelyn, they spend evening together, but next day he is shipped to England - he joined the Eagle Squadron as volunteer to take part in Battle of Britain. During one of the patrols he is shot down over English Channel and presumed dead. Evelyn is transfered to Pearl Harbor, where she meets another pilot Danny Walker, who grew up together with Rafe. They fell in love, but one day Rafe shows up alive and well, now serving in US Air Force. Next morning Japanese airplanes attack Pearl Harbor.

War movie made with big budget, used a lot of spectacular camera work, huge amount of special effects (including computer generated special effects) and all of it... wasted to tell a cheesy love story and one of the most ridiculous war movies in history.

On one hand we have really spectacular depiction of attack on Pearl Harbor, made with a lot of effort, using real planes as well as special effects, but the plot of the movie is so weak, sometimes even pointless (like subplot with first black soldier to receive Navy Cross that is going absolutely nowhere), far too many slow-motion scenes and too often using sheer propaganda methods to tell the story.

This film was very criticized after the premiere and it was well deserved - there were so many mistakes, so many bad decisions made about this movie that it’s a shame that so much effort was wasted on such poor movie. It is worth to see the battle scenes, but the movie could have been 2 hours shorter without losing any value.

Our rating


Film value

3 / 10

Realism factor

2 / 5

Adventure factor

3 / 5

Historical accuracy

2 / 5

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Cast of Pearl Harbor

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Ben Affleck

as Rafe McCawley

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Josh Hartnett

as Danny Walker

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Kate Beckinsale

as Evelyn Johnson

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Ewen Bremner

as Red Winkle

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Alec Baldwin

as James Doolittle

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Jon Voight

as Franklin Roosevelt

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Cuba Gooding Jr

as Doris Miller

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Makoto Iwamatsu

as Isoroku Yamamoto

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Dan Aykroyd

as Thurman

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Tom Sizemore

as Sistern

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John Fujioka

as Nishikura

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Events depicted in Pearl Harbor

World War II (1936-1945) Attack on Pearl Harbor (7 Dec 1941) Doolittle Raid (18 Apr 1942)