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Pearl Harbor in the movies Hardcover – 2001


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  • Hardcover: 133 pages
  • Publisher: Mutual Pub; 1ST edition (2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566475120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566475129
  • ASIN: B0006ROR92
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,551,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I've seen "Tora Tora Tora", "How Shall We Remember Them" at the Arizona Memorial, "December 7th", and Disney's "Pearl Harbor." Still, I felt that I was missing other movies about this day in history.

By chance, I found this local book in Hawaii noticing the detail about the movies, tv series, and documentaries that were shot about or around Pearl Harbor. The book explains any errors in all movies (up to 2001's Pearl Harbor) but also including all Japanese movies since 1940. It gives intersting facts as well as information on the stars and their movie connections.

I've only read a few pages, but reading about each movies plot lines illustrates the history and stereotypes after the war. I knew this coffee table-style book is not too detailed, but a good synopsis of history through film. Included are a few side by side photos an actors pose to the historical photographs. The author briefly notes local appearing in the film and also where the film was actually shot.

Although there's a detailed account of the miniseries Pearl, there are only a few paragraphs on TV episodes of such as Hawaii 50, Baywatch, and Magunm PI. Now I did notice a cut off picture of Jane Russell and a few mislabeled captions (that's not Josh Hartnett it looks like Bay or Bruckheimer), the photos do complement the text along with behind the scenes and movie posters, although I wish there were more photos from the other less popular movies. Because of this book, I'm now interested on seeing "From Here to Eternity", "Final Countdown", and other hard-to-find movies only found on Amazon. (Yes, I too wish most of these movies in the book were on DVD.) A great guide to anyone interested on WWII (movie or military) and how directors portray their version of Pearl Harbor to fit their storyline.
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Format: Hardcover
Exellent & informative overview of various movies set in, around, or nearby Pearl Harbor (and of course, the infamous attack on December 7, 1941.)

However, the book does detail some movies that aren't necessarily tied into Pearl Harbor per se (such as the b-movie "Battle At Bloody Beach", which is set during the Pacific War in the Philippines, but makes no mention of the attack at Pearl.)

It also fails to detail other movies that do indeed directly deal with the attack at Pearl Harbor.

For instance, the film "Bridge To The Sun" (1961), which starred James Shigeta as a Japanese diplomat & Carol Baker as his white-American wife, who are caught up in the anger & fear following the December 7 attack, is conspicuously missing from the book! (This movie, which is very much tied into the legacy of Pearl is not detailed, while films such as "Radio Days" & "Swing Shift", which only mention Pearl in passing, are.)

Oh well...it's still a good read, with lots of information on films, tv shows (such as the Pearl Harbor episodes of "Time Tunnel", "Hawaii Five O", & "Hawaiian Eye"), and various documentaries.

There's even a mention of Elvis, and his 1961 benefit concert that helped raise funds for the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial.
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