Plot Summary


Two childhood best friends, Rafe (Ben Affleck) and Danny (Josh Hartnett), grow up wanting to fly planes. When Rafe gets the chance to join the Royal Air Force during World War II, he takes it - leaving his new love, Evelyn (Kate Beckinsale), a dedicated Navy nurse, and Danny, also a pilot, behind. Danny and Evelyn are transferred separately to the idyllic paradise of Hawaii, where they eventually meet through a connection to Rafe, who has been declared missing. But just as the love triangle begins to get complicated, Dec. 7, 1941 arrives, changing all of their lives forever.


The classic story of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is told through the eyes of two boyhood friends, now serving as officers in the Army Air Corps. Rafe is an energetic young pilot who is selected to fly with the British in Europe while America is still not at war. After Rafe is shot down and presumed killed, however, Danny comforts Rafe's former lover, Evelyn, and the two draw closer. But, when Rafe turns up alive, the two former friends become enemies, and it is through the turmoil of Pearl Harbor that the two may reconcile their differences.




Ben Affleck



Directed by:  Michael Bay

Writing credits (WGA) : Randall Wallace (written by)


Genre: Action / Drama / Romance / War 

Tagline: December 7, 1941 - It Was A Sunday Morning... 

User Rating: ***** 5.3/10 (45,379 votes) 

Cast overview, first billed only:


Ben Affleck

Capt. Rafe McCawley

Josh Hartnett

Capt. Danny Walker

Kate Beckinsale

Nurse Lt. Evelyn Johnson

Cuba Gooding Jr.

Petty Officer Doris Miller

Jon Voight

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Alec Baldwin

Lt. Col. James Doolittle

Tom Sizemore

Sgt. Earl Sistern

William Lee Scott

Lt. Billy Thompson

Greg Zola

Lt. Anthony Fusco

Ewen Bremner

Lt. Red Winkle

Jaime King

Nurse Betty Bayer (as James King)

Catherine Kellner

Nurse Barbara

Jennifer Garner

Nurse Sandra

Sara Rue

Nurse Martha

Michael Shannon

Lt. Gooz Wood

Also Known As:

Pearl Harbour (UK) (promotional title)
Tennessee (USA) (working title)
MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sustained intense war sequences, images of wounded, brief sensuality and some language.

Runtime: 183 min / USA:184 min (director's cut)
Country: USA
Language: English / Japanese / French
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix: DTS-8 (one 70 mm print for Tokyo Dome, Japan) / DTS / Dolby Digital / SDDS (8 channels)

Certification: Iceland:12 / Brazil:14 / Malaysia:U / Canada:PG (Alberta) / Canada:PA (Manitoba) / Canada:G (Quebec) / Canada:AA (Ontario) / Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) / Canada:14A (British Columbia) / Taiwan:PG-12 / Argentina:Atp / Australia:MA (director's cut) / Australia:M / Chile:TE / Finland:K-15 / France:U / Germany:12 (w) / Germany:16 (director's cut) / Hong Kong:IIA / India:U / Ireland:12PG (original rating) / Ireland:12 (video rating) / Netherlands:12 / New Zealand:M (original rating) / New Zealand:R16 (director's cut) / Norway:15 / Peru:PT / Singapore:PG / South Korea:12 / Spain:7 / Sweden:11 / Sweden:15 (director's cut) / Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) / UK:12 / USA:PG-13 / USA:R (director's cut)

Trivia: Adrien Brody was considered for a role. 

Goofs: Crew or equipment visible: As Rafe and Danny sleep off their hangovers in the convertible, the crew is visible in the car's chrome bumper. 

Quotes: President Franklin D. Roosevelt: How long is America going to pretend, that the world is not at war? From Berlin, Rome and Tokyo, were have been described as a nation of weaklings and playboys who hire British or Russian, or Chinese soldiers, to do our fighting for us. We've been trained to think we're invincible.

Awards: Won Oscar. Another 8 wins & 32 nominations 




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