Pearl Harbor (film)

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Pearl Harbor is a 2001 American action-war film about two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941.

Directed by Michael Bay. Written by Randall Wallace.
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Col. James Doolittle[edit]

  • [addressing a row of USAAF flight officers and crew] The mission I am asking you to volunteer for is exceptionally dangerous. Take a look at the man beside you. It's a good bet that in the next six weeks, you, or he, will be dead. Everyone brave enough to accept this...step forward. [all of the men go forward]
  • Your grandma could take a B-25 off a mile-long runway. Well, I'm gonna train you to do it at 467 feet, because at 468 feet, you're dead, and once you get it up, you're gonna learn to fly it like a fighter. Thirty feet off the ground. I want you to say hello to Lt Jack Richards, Navy Aviation. He's gonna help us lighten these fat ladies here.

Franklin Roosevelt[edit]

  • Yesterday, December 7th, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the empire of Japan. It is obvious that planning the attack began many weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace. The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American military forces. I regret to tell you that over 3,000 American lives have been lost. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory. Because of this unprovoked dastardly attack by Japan, I ask that the Congress declare a state of war.
  • From Berlin, Rome and Tokyo, we have been described as a nation of weaklings and playboys who hire British or Russian or Chinese soldiers to do our fighting for us. Let them repeat that now. Let them tell that to General MacArthur and his men. Let them tell that to the soldiers who today are fighting hard in the far waters of the Pacific. Let them tell that to the boys in the Flying Fortresses. Let them tell that to the Marines.

Evelyn Johnson[edit]

  • When the action is over and we look back, we understand both more and less. This much is certain. Before the Doolittle raid, America knew nothing but defeat. After it, nothing but victory. Japan realized, for the first time, that they could lose and began to pull back. America realized that she would win and surged forward. It was a war that changed America. Dorie Miller was the first black American to be awarded the Navy Cross, but he would not be the last. He joined a brotherhood of heroes.
  • World War II, for us, began at Pearl Harbor, and 1,177 men still lie entombed in the battleship Arizona. America suffered, but America grew stronger. It was not inevitable. The times tried our souls...and through the trial, we overcame.


[in 1923 Tennessee]
Young Danny: We flew.
Mr. Walker: You no-account boy.
Young Danny: Daddy-
Mr. Walker: I done told you, you spend time playing with this stupid boy, can't read, you ain't never gonna amount to nothin'!
Young Danny: He ain't stupid, Daddy! Daddy. [Mr. Walker slaps Young Danny to the ground]
Mr. Walker: Come on. Get on back home NOW! Get on up. You got work to do. Come on. Come on. Get on home! [Young Rafe uses an old propeller to hit Mr. Walker from behind]
Young Rafe: You leave him alone!
Young Danny: DADDY, NO!
Young Rafe: I will bust you open, you dirty German!
Mr. Walker: What'd you call me? I fought the Germans in France, and I fought 'em in the trenches. I prayed to God that no one will be able to see the things that I saw. [walks into wheat field]
Young Danny: You're my best friend. Daddy, wait! Daddy, wait.

[Rafe and Danny undergo their eye exam]
Rafe: J, L, M, K, P, O, E, T, X. Eyes like an eagle, ma'am.
Evelyn: Slow down, flyboy. And instead of the bottom, read the very top. Both eyes.
Rafe: Yeah. C. Sorry, J. [clears throat] C, W, uh, Q, uh, Q
Evelyn: [smiles] Read the bottom line again, please, but read it right to left and every other letter.
Rafe: E, X...
Danny: X, E.
Rafe: X, E. X, E, ma'am. Ma'am, I know how this looks.
Evelyn: I'm sorry, Lieutenant. I really am, but Army and Navy requires 20/20 vision.
Rafe: Oh, I... It's not a problem with my eyes. I mean, I can see. I mean I can hit a runnin' rabbit with a three-dollar pistol. I got a problem with letters, that's all.
Evelyn: Well, maybe after some schooling, you could come back and take the test again.
Rafe: No, I had schooling. I mean, the teachers just never knew what to make of it, I... It's just letters. I mix 'em up sometimes. That's all. I mean, I just get 'em backward sometimes. Look here. My math and spatial reasoning and my verbal scores are all excellent.
Evelyn: But you barely passed the written exam.
Danny: Yeah, but he did pass it. So it's my turn now?
Evelyn: No, you'll wait your turn.
Danny: Yes, ma'am.
Rafe: Ma'am, I'm never gonna be an English teacher. But I know why I'm here: to be a pilot. And you don't dogfight with manuals. You don't fly with gauges. I mean, it's all about feeling and speed, and lettin' that plane become like a part of your body. And that manual says that a guy who's a slow reader can't be a good pilot. That file says I'm the best pilot in this room. Ma'am, please, don't take my wings.

Rafe: You are so beautiful, it hurts.
Evelyn: It's your nose that hurts.
Rafe: I think it's my heart.

Danny: [exiting from theater] Evelyn!
Evelyn: Danny!
Danny: Hey.
Evelyn: Some comedy, huh?
Danny: Yeah.
Evelyn: It's been a while.
Danny: Yeah, I've been logging a lot offlight hours.
Evelyn: I kinda been avoiding you too.
Danny: Yeah. Look, do you...
Evelyn: Do you...
Danny: Do you want to?
Evelyn: Yeah.

[FDR meets the Cabinet and military leadership about a counterstrike on the Japanese, but the officers are hesitant about actions]
Franklin Roosevelt: Gentlemen, most of you did not know me when I had the use of my legs. I was strong, and proud, and arrogant. Now I wonder, every hour of my life, why God put me into this chair, but when I see defeat in the eyes of my countrymen, in your eyes right now, I start to think that maybe He brought me down for times like these when we all need to be reminded who we truly are, that we will not give up or give in.
Adm. Chester Nimitz: Mr. President, with all respect, sir. What you're asking can't be done.
[FDR attempts to disengage his wheelchair leg braces and stand]
George Fields: [tries to aid the president] Mr. President...
Roosevelt: Get back, George. Get back. [struggles to stand but is able to stand erect; to officers] Do not tell me it can't be done.

[Colonel Doolittle is preparing to launch his B-25, notices his copilot praying]
Doolittle: Where'd you find religion?
1st Lt Richard Cole: When you assigned me to this mission, sir.
Doolittle: I want you to do me a favor.
Cole: What's that, Colonel?
Doolittle: Pray for both of us.

[Rafe comforts Danny after he risks his life to save them from a Japanese patrol]
Rafe: Danny, you can't die. You can't die. You know why? Because you're going to be a father. You're going to be a daddy. I wasn't supposed to tell you. You're going to be a father.
Danny: No, you are.

Quotes about Pearl Harbor[edit]

  • The film has been directed without grace, vision, originality, and although you may walk out quoting lines of dialogue, it will not be because you admire them.


  • It takes a moment to change history. It takes love to change lives.
  • December 7, 1941 - It Was A Sunday Morning...
  • December 7, 1941 - A Surprise Attack That Changed Their Lives Forever
  • It was the end of innocence, and the dawn of a nation's greatest glory.
  • December 7, 1941 - A day that shall live in infamy
  • Experience the event that changed the world.
  • December 7, 1941 - The Day America Stood Still!


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