Tuesday, December 7, 2010

December 7 1941: Movies Inspired by Pearl Harbor

PearlHarborMoviesDecember 7 1941, the day of the Pearl Harbor attack, inspired many American movies. December 7 1941 and the attack on Pearl Harbor is an important day in American history and movies were made about Pearl Harbor Day to motivate the American people to be strong in the face of war.  Here are some of our favorites:

From Here to Eternity
This 1953 Oscar winner is the story of soldiers stationed in Hawaii, on the eve of Pearl Harbor. From Here to Eternity won multiple Oscars, taking home the awards for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Frank Sinatra), Best Supporting Actress (Donna Reed) and five other Academy Awards.  If you’ve never seen this film, rent it today!  It’s amazing.
Pearl Harbor (Two-Disc 60th Anniversary Commemorative Edition)
In Harms Way
John Wayne and Kirk Douglas starred in this 1966 Pearl Harbor inspired film. In Harm’s Way follows several Navy officers who are thrown into crisis after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  Actress Patricia Neal, Tom Tyron and Paula Prentiss also star in this excellent but often dark flick.

Tora! Tora! Tora!
The 1970 film of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was very cutting edge at the time it was made. The movie shows both the American and Japanese perspectives. Tora! Tora! Tora! is a classic if you are a WWII movie buff.


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