Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle: There's nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.
When the film was shown in Japan, certain scenes were omitted (an example is the showing of geishas) and anti-Japanese slurs were not translated into Japanese. See more...
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Pearl Harbor (2001) - 177 mistakes
Most mistakes in this film are fair game, but Disney's said numerous times that it's meant to be a love story, and not historically accurate in every detail. Therefore please don't send me historical inaccuracies, including the colour of the planes, etc.
Factual error: In the RAF squadron scene, the lined up Spitfires are the wrong mark for the period. For early 1941, the correct mark would have been a mark V. The Spitfires are later, as they have six exhaust outlets per side, and several have four-bladed propellers, neither feature being present on mark V Spitfires.
Factual error: When Rafe comes to England he gets a damaged Spitfire to counter the Luftwaffe. If you ignore the fact that he should at least make some flying hours in a Spit before going into combat, no one had to fly a shot-up Spit during the Battle of Britain, since Spitfire production could quite well keep up with the war losses. It was lack of fighter pilots that almost caused Britain's defeat.
Continuity: During the attack on the smaller airfield where Rafe and Danny are, the photographer who dove in the back of the car gets shot, falls and drops the camera. When it lands it's filming his face, and there is something on the ground right in front of his face, but in the following shot nothing is there.
Factual error: Towards the end of the film, when the United States launches an attack on the Japanese ammunition factories, the planes fly over Japan and show shots of geishas to establish the country. Japanese geisha communities were shut down by the Japanese government at the beginning of World War II.
Factual error: In the scene showing the bomb on its way down to destroy the USS Arizona, the bomb is a conventional aerial bomb purpose-built for anti-ship use. Historical records state that the Japanese had no armor piercing bombs ready for the attack, so they modified conventional battleship shells with wooden fins instead.
Visible crew/equipment: As the US pilots run out of the tower of the aircraft carrier (alarmed by transmitting japanese outpost boat which uncovered and endangered "Operation Dolittle"), in one scene you're able to see a guy with sunglasses standing absolutely calm besides the tower and doing even a step backwards - impossible on an aircraft carrier ready for battle. (accurate time: 2:25:47 to 2:25:48).
Continuity: When Rafe meets Evelyn outside the hospital with a bottle of wine, he accidentally hits his nose with the cork and lays his head on Evelyn's lap. Her right hand is holding some ice, but her left hand is nowhere to be seen, but in the following shot her left hand has appeared on Rafe's chin and cheek.