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Despite criticism, "Pearl Harbor" a hit abroad

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Jun 04, 2001 | 3:21pm EDT

Pearl Harbor made $4.25 million in its opening weekend at the UK box office even after it was widely criticized by British critics for rewriting history, Reuters reports. The blockbuster film, which stars Ben Affleck and Kate Beckinsale, retells the story of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, which brought the United States into World War II. The film, released by Buena Vista Pictures, has been criticized for glossing over the United States military defeat and exaggerating their wartime influence. Other American films that have been criticized in the past include Saving Private Ryan and U-571.

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