Pearl Harbor

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Director Michael Bay (ARMAGEDDON, THE ROCK) uses a tragic romantic triangle to set the stage for the infamous Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in this epic tale of love, loss, and patriotism. When Evelyn (Kate Beckinsale), a beautiful Navy nurse, meets dashing ace Army fighter pilot Rafe (Ben Affleck), the two fall madly in love, only to be separated abruptly when he is called upon to help fight the war in Europe. Unforeseen circumstances lead Evelyn into the arms of Danny (Josh Hartnett), another fighter pilot and Rafe's best friend since childhood. In the meantime, the Japanese military is planning the surprise early morning raid on Hawaii that will pull the United States into World War II. Spectacular special effects vividly recreate the attack in devastating detail as bombs explode, torpedoes shoot through the water, and bullets fly, shaking tranquil Pearl Harbor to its core. Bay deftly captures the patriotism and the loss of innocence of the young men and women who were suddenly thrust into the war.



Randall Wallace

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VHS Editions


VHS: Gift Set; Includes Map and National Geographic Documentary3hr 3minBuena Vista Home EntertainmentDecember 04, 2001PG-13 (MPAA)786936166453Sound Features: HiFi, Digital, Stereo, VHS: Pan & Scan; 60th Anniversary Commemorative Edition3hr 3minBuena Vista Home EntertainmentDecember 04, 2001PG-13 (MPAA)786936164145Sound Features: HiFi, Digital, Stereo, VHS: Spanish Language; Pan & Scan3hr 3minBuena Vista Home EntertainmentDecember 04, 2001PG-13 (MPAA)

Professional Reviews


(05/25/2001, p.1, Kevin Thomas): "...A blockbuster entertainment that has passion, valor and tremendous action...", (05/25/2001, p.1E, Mike Clark): "...[Featuring] an excellent turn by Jon Voight....It's an extravaganza worth seeing...", (05/25/2001, p.E14, A. O. Scott): "...The aerial combat is thrillingly executed, and Mr. Bay has clearly mastered some tricky war-picture techniques...", (05/28/2001, p.17-28, Todd McCarthy): "...[The film] combines razzle-dazzle pyrotechnics with high-grade visual effects...", (06/01/2001, p.59-60, Owen Gleiberman): "...Bay's staging is spectacular but also honorable in its scary, hurtling exactitude..."