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lrodk
05-14-2001, 11:36 PM
In about a week Disney launches its much-anticipated summer movie, ``Pearl Harbor".

Disney is spending a reported $5 million on a long weekend of events it hopes will make a major splash in the media and an even bigger box office after the film debuts nationwide on May 25.

Below are a few historical, storyline and production facts about the film to tied us over until the official release.

``Pearl Harbor'' started out as a ``Titanic''-sized flick with a proposed budget that topped $200 million, but Disney Chairman Michael Eisner choked on the high-price. Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay were forced to pare down the cost, and they agreed to cut their own fees -- as did Affleck -- to get the budget down.

Bay quit the movie project four times over various disputes, and had to be coaxed back into production.

Still, Bruckheimer said the luckiest part of the filmmaking was that amid all the bombs dropping on ships in the bay, only one pilot was hurt, suffering only a broken finger.

The battle sequence covering the Dec. 7, 1941 surprise attack by Japanese planes on American ships in Pearl Harbor takes up about 40 minutes of the over two-hour film. That's twice the time that Steven Spielberg spent in his epic beach storming scene from ``Saving Private Ryan.''

Bruckheimer promises ``a much different type of battle that is much larger in scale.''

Some 17 ships were blown up and in one scene, 350 bombs were dropped in seven seconds, Disney studio chief Peter Schneider told Newsweek magazine. And Bay and company utilized the huge water tank in Mexico that was used for ``Titanic'' to shoot one battleship capsizing in the harbor.

While the battle is a big part of the movie, ``Harbor'' really centers on a love triangle between two boyhood friends -- Affleck and Hartnett -- who grow up with a love of flying. When one goes off to fight in the Battle of Britain, the other falls in love with his girlfriend, portrayed by Beckinsale.

That sets up a drama among the threesome that picks up when the pilots are reunited in Hawaii before the fateful Japanese raid, which Bruckheimer said occurs midway through the film.

The remainder of the film resolves their conflict and climaxes as American flyers, under Maj. James Doolittle, bomb Tokyo in April 1942.

Another Voice
05-15-2001, 11:33 AM
Just to add a few details, the $5 million is actualy for a single party to show the film to celebrities and selected media. Disney is "renting" a nuclear aircraft carrier in Hawaii and will show the film on a screen erected on the carrier's flight deck. The total marketing campaign is much, much larger than that.

And although my bags are packed, Disney still hasn't called me to Hawaii yet.

JimB.
05-15-2001, 09:24 PM
I look forward to this flick.

hopefully it'll be pretty historically accurate, and pay respect to the brave men & women involved.

That being said, I think it is basically a flick just like "Titanic" (- about 60 million bucks), where it's a love story set against an actual historic event.

But I'll still go see it, and have fun doing it.

Shorty Boy
05-15-2001, 09:33 PM
Also now, Pearl Harbor is PG-13, as compared to R, as it used to be. Anybody know the reason for the change?

Another Voice
05-16-2001, 01:21 AM
The reason for the change in the rating is money - a film rated PG-13 is available to a much wider audience than an R rated film is. Also, many newspapers and TV stations place restrictions on ads for R-rated movies. To get the PG-13 rating Disney only made minor cuts, mostly toning down a few special effects deaths and re-editing a shot of Mr. Afflecks better end during the "meet the nurse" scene.

The final cost of this movie came in less, but just a little less, than 'Titanic'. The big difference is that 'Titanic' ws financed by two studios (one bought the domestic rights, the other took the international revenues). But on 'Pearl Harbor' all of the risk is Disney. This makes it the biggest financial risk any studio has ever taken on a motion picture.