Both sides of the Pearl Harbor attack are shown; care is taken to show the Japanese motives for launching the surprise attack. All the patriotic heartstrings are pulled with every trick in the Hollywood playbook, but what emerges is a strong sense of the people who fought at Pearl Harbor and in World War II, their bravery in defending America from fascism, making the event come to life from the pages of history.
Intense battle scenes, many injuries and deaths, some graphic. Sailors on battleships shown drowning, burning, falling off the ships as they capsize and sink. Plane crashes. Hospital blood, intense injuries -- a nurse places her fingers into the neck wound of a man profusely bleeding. Gunfights between American and Japanese soldiers, grenades thrown. A disheveled farmer hits his son and knocks him to the ground; the boy's best friend strikes the farmer with a two-by-four.
Some innuendo between female nurses and male pilots. Nonsexual male nudity when nurses give shots in the buttocks in the infirmary. A couple decides not to have sex because they don't want to have any regrets. Another couple does have sex, and the woman becomes pregnant.
Occasional profanity: "son of a bitch," "bulls--t," "t-tties," "damn," "piss," "crap." A Japanese-American doctor is called a "Jap" by a racist white soldier. Some sexual innuendo between male sailors and female nurses.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Soldiers drunk at a bar. An exchange of words between a drunk naval pilot with his best friend turns into a violent bar fight, punches thrown, tables and chairs thrown and knocked over, glass breaking. They are shown the next morning in a car passed out, waking up hungover. Champagne, whisky, sake drinking.