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"Pearl Harbor": Anxious to Matter

Pearl Harbor tells the story of two friends, Rafe (Ben Affleck) and Danny (Josh Hartnett), who survive the attack on Pearl Harbor and enter World War II as fighter pilots.

In training before the war, Rafe McCawley is one of America's top fighter pilots. When America initially holds back from entering the war, Rafe volunteers to help the British in their fight against the Germans. It's a risky venture, but he eagerly accepts the challenge.

When Rafe first arrives at the English airfield, he walks by Spitfire fighters shot up from the previous day's battle and is greeted by the commander of the British squadron. As the commander shows him the plane he will fly, a messenger announces to the commander that two more British planes have just been shot down.

The commander turns to Rafe and asks, "Are all Yanks as anxious as you to get themselves killed, Pilot Officer?"

Rafe does not hesitate: "I'm not anxious to die, sir. I'm anxious to matter."

Elapsed time: Measured from the beginning of the opening credit, this scene begins at 00:31:05 and ends at 00:32:20 (DVD: Track 9).

Content: Pearl Harbor is rated PG-13 for profanity, sexuality, and violence.

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