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PostIcon Posted on: May 25 2001,10:04  Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Hello,

Well, it's finally here!  Are you going to see it this weekend?  Please tell us what you think of the movie, but try not spoil it for the rest of us that may have to wait to see it.  

Let us know if you were impressed by what you saw and if you believe the movie is close to being historically accurate.  We have heard what the critics have to say -- now we want to hear what YOU have to say!

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I give it three out of five stars. I base that on the following opinion.  A love story is fine but it was a rather predictable/corny one and never really came together for me. The people involved didn't really seem to need each other as much as one would expect to see in such times and situations (See "From here to eternity"for that).

As for the attack, I enjoyed the special effects and the flying scenes (I watched the filming here at my home base of Pt. Mugu NAS )and it was a thrill to see a computer-made Battleship row. However, the facts were about 50/50 and some important ones omited or distorted, though it was made quite clear that Japan was there uninvited, so we were spared a revisionist version of events.

Hopefully the movie  will spark a renewed interest in the attack and how it still affects us to this very day.

All in all it's okay to see once, but it's overrated and I'm glad I got in for the matinee price of five bucks.  

               Sincerely opinionated,
                 
                        Willam Stein
               

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PostIcon Posted on: May 26 2001,10:53 Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

I would have liked to see more of the movie concentrating on the USS Arizona,  It was clearly a Hollywood version of the events but the special effects were good.  I felt the love story took away some of the meaning of the movie although Kate Beckinsale made it somewhat tolerable.  Tora Tora Tora was a better movie in my oppinion.
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      I'm 15 years old, and before this movie came out, the only thing I knew about Pearl Harbor is that after the attack happened, we bombed Hiroshima.  I honestly didn't care about it at all..it was just something that happened almost 60 years ago.  Why should it matter?  
      Now that I've seen the movie, I understand what my social studies teacher is talking about.  I saw the movie with my friends expecting a great sad love story with a little action mixed in.  I was shocked when they showed the beginning of the attack.  The whole time, I sat on the edge of my seat with my mouth wide open.  I couldn't believe it.
      As you can see, I have more interest in Pearl Harbor now.  I'm doing research online about it and writing to this message board.  I like reading the stories of the people who actually went through it.  It's amazing.  I just hope  nothing like that ever happens again.

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Hello Katie,

You and others like you are the reason I am doing what I am doing.  Please remember what you have seen and look further for the answers to all your questions.  No question is too simple!

Thank you very much for posting your message.  

You really have made my day!


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PostIcon Posted on: May 28 2001,12:44 Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

I just saw the movie today.... and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I am also only fifteen.  I thought the special effects were awsome!  those b 52's were so COOL!  I love airplains!  I want to be in the airforce when I get out of highschool but i don't think that's ever going to happen.  I'm glad they made it like the old war movies and not so modern.  That is why I think that it got bad reviews because it wasn't made like a modern day war movie.  I love history!  I don't know if any other ifteen year olds have the same feeling as me.  But when I look at an American flag... the only feeling i get is pride.  I think that it is so good for teenagers to see movies like this.  To show them what the men in our country actually fought for.  What a war is actually like.  I know that I have never experinced being in a war but I think that my generation will eventually have to experince one.  War is not impossible and it could happen when least expected.  Pearl Harbor definately wasn't too expected now was it.  I think that if you haven't seen the movie yet that you should.  It's more than a sappy love story.
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PostIcon Posted on: May 28 2001,9:44 Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

I enjoyed the movie very much.  The love story was okay, but my wife and I both agreed it was no "Titanic" story.  

The really good story was that developed between Mess Attendant Doris Miller and his captain Meryvn Bennion on the USS West Virginia.  Cuba Gooding, Jr. has only five scenes as I can remember and he is great as Miller in every one.  The movie shows a relationship between a ship's captain who has trained his men and has a true interest in them.  When the attack comes this is revealed by their devotion to him and their preparedness to keep the ship from capsizing.   I tried retelling a co-worker the scene between Miller and the captain on the bridge at the height of the attack and was fighting back tears before I could finish.

Since the movie was basically a work of fiction I tried not to be too critical of historical points.  There were a few, one for instance is during the lull between the first and second Japanese waves of bombers.  One American notices the planes are leaving without ordinance, yet several Type 97 Bombers clearly have torpedoes slung under their fuselages.

Because of the special effects I do not want to be too tough, but since I have pointed out on this website the film which has for decades been flip flopped showing the USS Arizona blowup, the explosion of the USS Arizona in the movie failed to show the USS Vestal moored next to her.  

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In the 4 days that this movie has been in the theaters for the public, I have seen it twice.  The second time I saw the movie was as interesting, frustrating, and incredible as the first time!!!  As many people have also indicated, I did not know much about the instances that surrounded the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  I feel I was definitly cheated in my high school history class by not being taught about this important part of our American history, especially when I had family fighting in the war!  The critics of this movie who simply snubbed their noses at it, calling it "another Titanic" must have their heads in the sand.  This was no Titanic.  This movie was incredible and was released at the perfect time...Happy Memorial Day!
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Hi everybody:
I saw the movie with my wife on opening day. and it was not a "Titanic" nor a "Saving Private Ryan", but my wife like the romantic side of it and I must agree that the special effects were great, but remember that the directors are the people that brought you films like  "Armagendon" etc.

there was a lot of errors on the historical
part of the movie, that I did spent the whole week-end telling my wife about them, that what happeneds when ex-military people see "Hollywood" war films.

Just per example when Rafe goes to England and joins the Eagle Squadrons, he goes as a official USAAC pilot!!.All the
Americans that joined the RAF were volunteers and were not officially connected to our military .

The Squadron letter codes to his spitfire
"RF", belong to the 303 Polish fighter
Squadron!!!!. No.71 Eagle squadron was
form to late to participated in the Battle of
Britain, by the time our heroe joins the
"Eagles" they are now flying offensive patrols and escort missions over France, also notice the absance of other American
pilots in the movie.

I could go on, in my opinion is a good
"Hollywood" war film, and I does not compare with "Tora,Tora Tora",But I hope
that the kids will be interested to study
more thier history in school.

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Historically speaking, it was execrable trash- one of the worst movies depicting a historical event that I have EVER had the misfortune of viewing.

The Navy must be very embarrassed by this work.  The acting was overdone and maudlin, the script trite, and the depiction of the action so inaccurate as to be laughable were it not such a disgrace to the veterans.

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