Pearl Harbor

An epic drama set around the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941, we follow the experiences of three young people involved. Two buddies who grew up together on a farm both become pilots, and one falls in love with a nurse. He heads off to Europe to take part in the war, while the other, and the nurse, head for the relative tranquility of Hawaii. Their romantic triangle unfolds against the backdrop of America's entry into World War II.

176 minutes.
No persons under 10 .
Action, Drama, Romance, War
Some people get so violent when they lose in love...
Some people get so violent when they lose in love...


Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, William Lee Scott, Greg Zola, Ewen Bremner, Alec Baldwin
Michael Bay
ScreenplayRandall Wallace
MusicSteve Jablonsky, James S. Levine, Geoff Zanelli, Hans Zimmer
CinematographyJohn Schwartzman
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
Made in2001
Produced byJerry Bruckheimer Films, Touchstone Pictures

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Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

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Ian Douglas
Cape Argus
Owen Williams
Cape Argus
Adrian Monteath
The Cape Times
Wilhelm Snyman
The Star
Joanna Rix
Die Burger
Francois Smith
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
Barrie Hough
Box Office
David Lawrence
James Berardinelli
Total Film
Cam Winstanley
Film Review
Jason Caro
Simon Lewis
Adam Smith

What the People say

238 Netizens

Average .. 48%


Visitor Ratings

Scale (Max)20
Andrea Herman (15)20
Johan Dietrechsen (21) 16
Dion Scher (27) 12
Zerkie Schroeder 18
Albert Smith (24) 20
Andrea Herman (15) 20
David Cave (30) 16
Jenna Brown (16) 20
Lindsay Church (12) 20
Nina Borg (18) 18
Suzette Slabbert (21) 18
Charl Brink (31) 10
Gergo Kis (22) 20
Chris Blokker (17) 20
Jerry Zeekaf (35) 16

Average .. 88%


Visitor Comments

Ian Douglas: Mmmm.... well, it sure is long. The war scenes are pretty realistic, although the Japanese attack seems to have been a very laid-back attack -- not how I thought it would have been. The love triangle is carefully constructed so that everyone's intentions are always honourable, which left the scriptwriter with only one way to resolve the issue.

Johan Schmit (39): Full marks for creating the best war movie and great love story all in a very short 3 hour timeslot...

Andrea Herman (15): Very good movie, but very sad at the end.

Jules Gill (18): It wasn't how I thought it would be, and wasn't Kate Beckinsale supposed to have an American accent? It sounded fairly British to me. Apart from that it has a realistic effect.

Johan Dietrechsen (21): This is more than just a movie. You go home with a lot of thinking. Personally I couldn't help to think that at the end of the day nobody wins a war.

Dion Scher (27): A nice epic with a labotomised story and special effects worthy of the waste of budget. This movie plays with historical accuracy, so don't expect something like Saving Private Ryan. I would have prefered it if the director didn't try and create another Titanic for girls and combine it with some action for boys. Pick a genre.

Albert Smith (24): Excellent Movie. Great Story with WoW special effects

David Cave (30): Very good movie, just a bit long but otherwise fantastic.

Jenna Brown (16): This movie was awesome and very sad. The love story was incredible very unexpected. I don't know why some people are downing it just because it wasn't 150 percent realitic. It was a great movie and the warscenes were very real.

Lindsay Church (12): I have seen this movie 5 times, and I am going again tonight. I can't belive how wonderful it is. I must say the killing doesn't appeal to me much, but the ending is the saddest! It was obvious later, that when Rafe died, he hadn't really died, but during the movie, I couldn't stop crying. I can't believe some people didn't like it. I guess they didn't like the love story. I must admit, I never thought that would happen either! But I'm glad it did.

Nina Borg (18): I really liked this movie , it made me think about this kind of massacres that happen continously in this world . And the love story was great , I am in love with the blonde one . This kind of movies , make me sad after seeing them , would I ever fall in love ?

Charl Brink (31): Predictable American love story with the only highlight the scenes in which Americans are blown to bits.

Jerry Zeekaf (35): I thought the story line between Rafe and Danny was great. For the first time I didn't care about the special effects, I felt an emotional bond between Rafe & Danny. I suppose when you've had a best friend for all of your life, you see things in a different light. I mean, I couldn't bear it if my best friend were to die. But by the same token, I would want my best friend to take care of my wife if I were to die. Was the movie contrived? Absolutely. But then, aren't all things in life contrived in one manner or another?

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