Pearl Harbor (film)

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Pearl Harbor is a 2001 American action-war film directed by Michael Bay and produced by Bay, long-time partner Jerry Bruckheimer and Randall Wallace. It features a large ensemble cast, including Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Alec Baldwin, Jon Voight, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Dan Aykroyd, Colm Feore, Mako, Tom Sizemore, Jaime King and Jennifer Garner.

Col. James Doolittle[edit]

  • [Briefing the Doolittle Raiders] 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 fly it like a fighter. Thirty feet off the ground.

Franklin Roosevelt[edit]

  • 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.


[in 1923 Tennessee]
Young Danny: We flew.
Danny's Father: You no-account boy.
Young Danny: Daddy--
Danny's Father: I done told you, you spend time playing with this stupid boy, can't read, you ain't never gonna get that amount to nothin'!
Young Danny: He ain't stupid, Daddy! Daddy.
Danny's Father: Come on. Get on back home NOW! Get on up. You got work Come on. Come on. Get on home!
Young Rafe: You leave him alone!
Young Danny: DADDY, NO!
Young Rafe: I will bust you open, you dirty German!
Danny's Father: 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.

[FDR is miffed that one Navy officer rules out attacking Japan proper and tries to disengage his wheelchair leg braces]
George Fields: Mr President
Franklin 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?
Jimmy: When you assigned me to this mission, sir.
Doolittle: I want you to do me a favor.
Jimmy: 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.


Supporting characters[edit]

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