Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor is a 2001 American romantic military action drama film directed by Michael Bay, produced by Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer, written by Randall Wallace in association with Touchstone Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films.

Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor 60th Anniversary Commemorative Edition DVD

Rated:  PG-13
Run Time:  3h 3min
Release Date:  May 21, 2001 (USA)
Genre:  Action, Drama, Romance
Director:  Michael Bay




Pearl Harbor stars Ben AffleckJosh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jennifer Garner, Tom Sizemore, Jon Voight, Colm Feore, Dan Aykroyd, Michael Shannon, Jaime King, Ewen Bremner, William Fichtner, Tomas Arana, Tom Everett and Alec Baldwin.

Pearl Harbor is the story of childhood best friends, Rafe McCawley (Ben Afleck) and Danny Walker (Josh Hartnett) who enlisted in the Air Force together and became pilots.  World War II is raging in Europe and Rafe and Danny are under the command of Major Jimmy Doolittle (Alec Baldwin).

Just before leaving for England to assist the RAF, Rafe meets a beautiful nurse named Evelyn (Kate Beckinsale) and it is love at first sight and after a few dates, they spend a final magical night together before he ships off to England.  While fighting German pilots in the RAF, Rafe gets shot down over the English Channel and presumed killed in action.  Danny has to break the news to Evelyn and she is devastated.  Three months later, Evelyn and Danny cross paths and begin a romantic relationship.

On the night of December 6, Evelyn discovers Rafe standing outside her door, having survived his reported plane crash.  In the meantime, Danny shows up for their date and Rafe storms off to the hula bar when he figures out what is going on between the two.  Danny finds Rafe in the bar with the intention of making things right, but the two get into a fight and the MPs are called and Rafe and Danny escape in Danny’s car.

The next morning, Pearl Harbor is under attack by the Japanese who moved a fleet of ships and planes within attacking distance without being detected by the American naval forces.

The screenplay was written by Randall Wallace and was intended to be a tribute to the men and women who lost their lives on that date which will live in infamy when Pearl Harbor Naval Base was savagely attacked.

Tag Lines

There’s nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.
I like sub commanders. They have no time for Bulls@#t, and neither do I.
Victory belongs to those who believe in it most and believe in it the longest.

Official Movie Trailer


Movie Stars

Ben Affleck as Capt. Raif McCawley

Josh Hartnett as Capt. Danny Walker

Kate Beckinsale as Nurse Lt. Evelyn Johnson

Cuba Gooding Jr. as Petty Officer Doris Miller

Jennifer Garner as Nurse Sandra

Tom Sizemore as Sgt. Earl Sistern

Jon Voight as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Colm Feore as Adm. Husband E. Kimmel

Alec Baldwin as Lt. Col. James Doolittle

Dan Aykroyd as Capt. Thurman

Michael Shannon as Lt. Gooz Wood

Jaime King as Nurse Betty Bayer

Ewen Bremner as Lt. Red Winkle

William Fichtner as Danny’s Father

Kim Coates as Jack Richards

Tomas Arana as Vice-Admiral Frank J. ‘Jack’ Fletcher

Tom Everett as Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox