"PEARL HARBOR," THE ACTION-PACKED ROMANTIC DRAMA STARRING BEN AFFLECK, JOSH HARTNETT & KATE BECKINSALE, AIRS THURSDAY, MAY 12 ON THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK
"Audiences will find themselves swept away . . ."
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Pearl Harbor," the blockbuster theatrical feature starring Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale, will air as the "ABC Thursday Movie of the Week," MAY 12 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. The Academy Award-winning epic, airing in HDTV format with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish audio, also stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Jon Voight, Alec Baldwin, Tom Sizemore and William Lee Scott. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 2/8/04)
In "Pearl Harbor," Ben Affleck (Academy Award-winner for "Good Will Hunting") and Josh Hartnett ("Sin City," "Hollywood Homicide") are boyhood friends who achieve their dream of becoming pilots. Affleck meets, pursues and falls in love with a military nurse (Kate Beckinsale, "The Aviator," "Underworld"), but he is anxious to see action and heads to England, where war is raging. He enlists in the Royal Air Force and is later reported killed in action. The efforts of his best friend and girlfriend to comfort each other's grief lead to their own romance.
The feature won its Academy Award for Best Effects, Sound Effects and was nominated for three additional Oscars - Best Effects, Visual Effects; Best Music, Song; and Best Sound. Among the movie's stunning effects is a bomb's-eye view as the explosive crashes through three decks of the battleship Arizona, and gut-churning aerial sequences as Affleck and Hartnett battle Japanese Zeros in the skies above Pearl Harbor's burning Battleship Row. Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. ("Radio," "Jerry Mcguire") portrays real-life Navy cook "Dorie" Miller, who won the Navy Cross for his action on December 7; Oscar winner Jon Voight ("The Five People You Meet in Heaven," "Ali") portrays President Roosevelt, Alec Baldwin ("The Aviator," "Along Came Polly") stars as daring aviator "Jimmy" Doolittle, Tom Sizemore (TV's "Dr. Vegas," "Big Trouble") is Sgt. Earl Sistern, and William Lee Scott ("The Butterfly Effect") is Lt. Billy Thompson.
Starring in "Pearl Harbor" are Ben Affleck as Capt. Rafe McCawley, Josh Hartnett as Capt. Danny Walker, Kate Beckinsale as nurse Lt. Evelyn Johnson, Cuba Gooding Jr. as Petty Officer Doris "Dorie" Miller, Jon Voight as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Alec Baldwin as Lt. Col. James "Jimmy" Doolittle, Tom Sizemore as Sgt. Earl Sistern, William Lee Scott as Lt. Billy Thompson, Jennifer Garner (ABC's "Alias") as nurse Sandra, Sara Rue (ABC's "Less than Perfect") as nurse Martha, Greg Zola as Lt. Anthony Fusco, Ewen Bremner as Lt. Red Winkle, Jaime King as nurse Betty Bayer and Catherine Kellner as nurse Barbara.
"Pearl Harbor," released in 2001, was directed by Michael Bay ("Bad Boys" series; "Armageddon") and written by Randall Wallace ("We Were Soldiers," "Braveheart"). The film is a production of Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Touchstone Pictures. (CLOSED-CAPTIONED) (Broadcast in stereo where available)
"PEARL HARBOR" IN HDTV:
The ABC Television Network's HDTV broadcast of "Pearl Harbor" will air in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish audio.
This film carries a TV-14,L,S,V parental guideline. Due to some violence and issue content, viewer discretion is advised.