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"Pearl Harbor" (2001)

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Pearl Harbor Directed by Michael Bay

"Pearl Harbor" Directed by Michael Bay

The Bottom Line

"Pearl Harbor", while a good film, is no "Titanic". While beautifully filmed, with great special effects, it fails to grab the viewer by the heart. Still, it is one of the best films to date depicting the attack of December 7, 1941.

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  • Beautifully filmed on location in Hawaii.
  • Best action sequences of the attack ever on film.
  • Good performances by supporting cast.


  • Character development is weak.
  • Important scenes left on cutting room floor.


  • Available in Widescreen VHS and 3 DVD Editions (Theatrical Release, Gift Set, Director’s Cut).
  • Gift Set includes National Geographic Special "Beyond The Movie."
  • Vista Series Director's Cut (with added footage) released in early 2002.

Guide Review - "Pearl Harbor" (2001)

Directed by Michael Bay. "Pearl Harbor" focuses on the life-changing events surrounding December 7, 1941, and the war's devastating impact on two daring young pilots (Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett) and a beautiful, dedicated nurse (Kate Beckinsale). It is a tale of catastrophic defeat, heroic victory, personal courage and overwhelming love set against a stunning backdrop of spectacular wartime action.

Following a formula which was so successful with the 1997 film "Titanic," "Pearl Harbor" sets a romantic personal story within a historic event of great tragedy and loss. Producer Bruckheimer and the writers of the screenplay claim to have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the historical information depicted in the film. More...

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