- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: June 5, 2007
- Originally Released: 1943
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"The sun shines, nuttin' ever happens, and before you know it you're 60 years old."
- a crew member, on living in Los Angeles
Academy Awards 1943 -
Best Film Editing
The crew of a B-17 Flying Fortress, the Pearl Harbor-bound Mary Ann, takes off from San Francisco on December 6, 1941, with a collection of men ranging from grizzled veteran White (Harry Carey) to rookie radio operator Chester (Ray Montgomery) to disgruntled tail gunner Winocki (John Garfield). Along the way, they learn of the surpise attack by the Japanese, and their plane, sent to Wake Island and the Philippines, encounters a furious fight with the enemy that is depicted in stirring aerial battle sequences. As the story unfolds, the men struggle with various personal issues, including one man's frustrated desire to be a pilot, another's hope to live up to his war-hero father's reputation, and a romantic rivalry. A quintessential war film from director Howard Hawks featuring his trademark theme of a group of professionals working together against a common enemy, the picture includes both authentic and re-created war footage; the story culminates in a massive attack on a Japanese fleet. The film garnered four Oscar nominations, including Best Original Screenplay; William Faulkner was an uncredited collaborator on the script.
The story of the crew of a B-17 Flying Fortress who encounter the Japanese after their attack on Pearl Harbor is tailor-made for director Howard Hawks, a master of men-under-pressure adventures. Featuring stirring aerial battle scenes and realistic dialogue, this film is far above the average World War II propaganda vehicle; it earned four Academy Award nominations, and won for Best Editing.
- Theatrical release: March 20, 1943.
- President Franklin Roosevelt's actual radio address on the Pearl Harbor attack is heard in the film.
- Director Hawks's friend William Faulkner was hired to work on the script, and wrote the pilot's deathbed scene in one night.
- Actor John Garfield was the only big star in the cast, but apparently came into the project without star attitude, accepting his role as a small part of a larger ensemble.
- The film is referenced in Quentin Tarantino's PULP FICTION as part of a story told by Christopher Walken.