Trivia / Pearl Harbor

  • Actor Allusion: Cuba Gooding Jr had previously played a man in the navy in Men of Honor.
  • Bloopers:
    • The building in the background of one scene with "EST 1953" painted on the side.
    • In one shot, the USS Arizona memorial is visible.
    • In the stock footage used, an M26 Pershing, a tank designed in the middle of the war, is seen.
  • Creator Backlash: Michael Bay's least favorite shot in the movie is the cutaway during the Doolittle Raid to the Japanese women turning and seeing the attack in the distance. On the DVD commentary, he admits he has no idea why this shot is in the movie or what he was trying to achieve in shooting it.
  • Doing It for the Art:
    • Michael Bay went to a lot of effort to avoid CGI and have the actors actually flying the planes (to an extent). Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Alec Baldwin were all given basic flight training so they could handle the planes. To get the shots of the actors in the pilot seat, the 'real' pilot would just pilot the plane to the desired destination and switch seats with the actor.
    • John Voight wore duplicates of steel leg braces that the real Franklin D. Roosevelt used while filming. He suffered from chafing and bruising for weeks after finishing the film.
    • Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer agreed to give up $4 million in salaries in return for a cut of the profits to get the budget down. The film's stars also took a drop in salaries in return for a cut of the profits for the same reason.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Touchstone Pictures insisted on a PG-13 rating. This meant that even the non-bloody deaths had to be rushed, thus killing a lot of potential drama.
    • Word of God suggests that the Romantic Plot Tumor and many historical mistakes were against the wishes of Michael Bay, who wanted to do something more along the lines of Tora! Tora! Tora!. That said, Mr. Bay never misses an opportunity to blow something up with a spectacular fireball.
  • Fake American: Kate Beckinsale. Also Canadian-born Dan Aykroyd as the signals analyst.
  • Follow the Leader: Titanic (1997) in this case.
  • Font Anachronism: The ticker-tape coded messages Capt. Thurman reads is printed out in Helvetica.
  • Genre-Killer: The film is often pointed towards as the death-knell of the very specific subgenre of "absurdly big-budget love story used to chronicle a historical disaster" started by Titanic.
  • Old Shame: In a sense, as Randall Wallace aimed for much stronger historical accuracy with his next wartime drama We Were Soldiers after the intense criticism regarding the lack of it in this film.
  • What Could Have Been:
  • Working Title: The script was originally called Tennessee.

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