home @ nationalgeographic.com
National Geographic Beyond the Movie
PEARL HARBOR for those who love movies and the stories behind them
Online, National Geographic uncovers the history behind the Hollywood magic--true tales, star interviews, and more. But for the full story, order our Beyond the Movie: Pearl Harbor videotape.
 
Explore your questions about the real Pearl Harbor
 

Related
Now on Video: Pearl Harbor—Legacy of Attack Can Robert Ballard, the man who found Titanic, solve the mysteries of Pearl Harbor? Tom Brokaw hosts this exploration into what really happened on December 7, 1941.
 
Experience the attack--moment by moment, target by target. Survivors’ stories and a multimedia map transport you to December 7, 1941.
 
 
Find National Geographic World War II videos, books, and more--including our new, poster-size Pearl Harbor battle map. Just in time for Father’s Day (June 17) and graduation!
 
 
     
Japanese fighter in Pearl Harbor
   
Real Stories

Was the U.S. prepared for the attack on Pearl Harbor? Why were the Japanese so successful? Get the answers to these questions and more in our FAQs about the attack.
 
   
Japanese fighter in World War II
 
  
Cuba Gooding, Jr., as Doris “Dorie” Miller
   
Real People

Pearl Harbor introduces you to the fictional trio--played by Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, and Josh Hartnett--that forms the movie’s love triangle. Now meet the real-life servicemen who get top billing in history’s account of the attack.
 
   
Dorie Miller, ship’s cook on the U.S.S. West Virginia
 
  
The movie’s imitation Arizona
   
Real Events

Get the true story behind the Battle of Britain and the Doolittle Raid, which in the movie serve as prologue and epilogue to the Pearl Harbor attack.
 
   
U.S.S. California on December 7, 1941
 
  
“Sailors” on deck in Pearl Harbor
   
Moviemaking

What was it like to re-create the United States’ shocking defeat? The answers are in these interviews with director Michael Bay, co-producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and actors Alec Baldwin and Cuba Gooding, Jr.
 
   
Gun crew aboard the U.S.S. Ward
 
[an error occurred while processing this directive] [an error occurred while processing this directive]