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.
Run Time: 3h 3min
Release Date: May 21, 2001 (USA)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Director: Michael Bay
Ben Afleck plays first lieutenant Rafe McCawley and Josh Hartnett plays first lieutenant Danny Walker, two childhood best friends 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 played by Alec Baldwin.
Just before leaving for England to assist the RAF, Rafe meets a beautiful nurse named Evelyn who is and played by Kate Beckinsale. It is love at first sight and they spend a final night together before he ships off. 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 drowning. In the meantime, Danny shows up for their date and Rafe storms off to the hula bar. 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 sneak 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.
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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