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EXT. NURSES' QUARTERS - NIGHT

Danny escorts Evelyn back to her quarters.

DANNY Don't worry. I'll find him.

He hugs her; their embrace earnest yet tingled with guilt, and Danny leave quickly. Betty steps out of the nurses' quarters and hands Evelyn a telegram.

BETTY This came while you were gone.

Evelyn knows it's the telegram from Rafe, to tell her he's alive. Without opening it, she begins to cry, and hurries away from the barracks so the other nurses won't see.

EXT. HICKAM FIELD - NIGHT

Danny crosses the tarmac toward the clustered P-40's. He spots what he's looking for. Sitting in the cockpit of one of the P-40's is Rafe. Rafe won't look at him. Danny climbs up on the wing, and sits down there.

DANNY You'd always go sit in a plane whenever you were upset.

RAFE Upset? Why should I be upset?

DANNY Let's go get a drink. Unless you're scared to talk about it.

CLOSE - A Mai-Tai volcano clunks onto a table.

INT. FUNKY OAHU BAR - DAY

DANNY Drink up. Then we'll talk.

Rafe takes the challenge, and takes a long pull on one of the straws. Red, Anthony, Billy, and several others enter the bar.

ANTHONY Rafe?!

They rush the table...

INT. FUNKY OAHU BAR - LATER

They're all drinking, and the whole bar is rocking. Rafe uses glasses to show his buddies tactics.

RAFE They'll go under you because their planes are faster, then they run so you can't catch 'em. But then they'll come around and take you from behind -- like some Americans will.

The last words bring the group to silence. The other guys drift away, to give them room.

RAFE Sorry.

DANNY Why be sorry? That's what you feel, it's better to come out with it.

RAFE I didn't mean it.

DANNY Sure you did. So come on. Say what you think.

RAFE Waitress! Four beers!

DANNY You don't wanna put beer over mai-tai.

RAFE If you can't keep up, don't drink yours.

The waitress delivers four bottles to the table. Rafe takes a slow sip, then stares at Danny.

RAFE We gotta face some facts here.

DANNY What facts are those?

RAFE I understand how it could happen. I know why any guy would love her. And I can't blame you that it happened. You thought I was dead, she was grieving, you were trying to help her.

DANNY I was grieving too.

RAFE Yeah, right. Anyway, you didn't know.

DANNY So what are you saying?

RAFE I'm saying now you do know. So it's time for you to fuck off.

DANNY You left her. How's that for a fact?

RAFE How's this for a fact? I loved her first.

Danny takes a long pull of beer, and Rafe does the same.

DANNY You know, you're a lousy drinker. Drinking's supposed to make men feel bigger. It only makes you stupid. And weak.

Rafe nods thoughtfully, and sets down his beer.

RAFE How's this?

BAM! He knocks Danny out of the chair, flat on his ass. Danny backhands the blood from the corner of his mouth.

DANNY You want it, you got it.

He kicks Rafe in the back of the knee, then mule kicks him in the chest as he goes down, and the fight is on.

The bar's bouncer, a big Samoan, moves over to break them up -- but Anthony steps in his way.

ANTHONY Let 'em fight, they need it.

The bouncer tosses Anthony aside, but before he can move in to interrupt the fight, Red breaks a lava volcano of Mai-Tai over the bouncer's skull. The bartender picks up the phone to call the M.P.'s.

Rafe and Danny are exchanging punches in the middle of the room. Sailors sitting at the bar have swung around on their stools to watch the action. The other pilots are wincing with the punches their friends exchange, and bobbing and weaving as if in the fight themselves. A SAILOR tapes Billy.

SAILOR Is this a private fight or can anybody jump in?

Billy hits him. The whole bar erupts.

Rafe and Danny are really having at it, fueled by so much emotion that nothing hurts. They're on the floor now, trying to rip each other apart. They struggle to their feet and Rafe manages to knee Danny in the balls. Danny doubles over in pain.

RAFE That hurt? I didn't think you had any balls.

Without looking up, Danny lunges at Rafe, tackling him around the waist, driving him at the wall.

But they don't hit the wall; they tumble through the back window of the bar -- not covered in glass, but fronds and wood -- and out into the back alley.

They're lying there in the debris when they see the M.P. jeeps coming. They drag each other to their feet, and run away.

EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN - NIGHT

The Japanese task force rumbles through the night, the bows of the great ships blasting through the crashing waves.

INT. AIRCRAFT CARRIER AKAGI - NIGHT

Yamamoto's flagship. The clock reaches midnight, and a sailor tears off it's calender. It's December 7, 1941.

YAMAMOTO The submarines will be reaching the harbor soon. I hope they don't set off the alarm too soon.

EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN - NEAR PEARL HARBOR - NIGHT

An American destroyer, the SELFRIDGE, leads a squadron of destroyers on patrol, near the entrance of Pearl Harbor. LOOKOUTS on the bridge think they spot something.

INT. CONTROL ROOM - DESTROYER SELFRIDGE - NIGHT

The WATCH OFFICER listens to a report on his headset and turns to the CAPTAIN.

WATCH OFFICER Captain, lookouts report a sighting, two points off the starboard beam.

The sonar operator looks up and nods.

SELFRIDGE CAPTAIN How big?

SONAR OPERATOR ...I've lost it.

SELFRIDGE CAPTAIN Probably a blackfish. I've seen them look like subs.

EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN - NEAR PEARL HARBOR - NIGHT

Another destroyer, the RALPH TALBOT, cruises behind the Selfridge. On it's bridge, the DUTY OFFICER speaks to the CAPTAIN.

DUTY OFFICER Sir, Selfridge reports a contact, then lost it. Now our sonar reports the contact.

The Captain looks toward the Selfridge, then trains his binoculars on the water were the Duty Officer points. He sees something dark and black slipping along beneath the surface. He gets onto his intercom.

CAPTAIN OF THE RALPH TALBOT Radio room! Raise the Selfridge. Tell the Squadron Commander we have spotted a sub and request permission to depth charge.

He looks again at the black shape, passing a few hundred yards from them.

CAPTAIN OF THE RALPH TALBOT We're five miles from Pearl Harbor and it's moving in from the open sea. Prepare to move to attack speed.

The INTERCOM comes alive.

INTERCOM Sir, the Squadron Commander on Selfridge denies permission.

CAPTAIN OF THE RALPH TALBOT What?

INTERCOM Denies, Sir. He says it's a blackfish.

The Captain chokes back his frustration and shuts down the intercom -- but then he says to the Duty Officer, as they watch the shape disappear toward Pearl Harbor...

CAPTAIN OF THE RALPH TALBOT If it's a blackfish, it has a motorboat up it's ass!

EXT. OAHU - ROAD - NIGHT

Danny has pulled his Buick convertible off the road; Rafe is bent over, his head out of frame; he's throwing up. Danny's banged up from the fight and still drunk himself; he waits beside Rafe, who chokes out between heaves --

RAFE How come you're not pukin'?

DANNY I guess I'm used to it. I've felt like throwing up every minute since you got back.

Rafe straightens up, but the waves of sickness come back over him and he bends over again. Danny looks at his friend, and the pain is written on Danny's face.

DANNY Don't blame her, Rafe. It's not like you're thinking.

RAFE (between heaves) Fuck you.

DANNY She loves you. I know that. And part of what she loves in me is how much of you she sees in me.

Rafe doesn't seem to be listening; but Danny knows he is.

DANNY We were both torn up. I started dropping by to see her, because we understood what each other felt. We'd have coffee and try not to talk about you, but we always would.

Rafe stands to face Danny; this is hard for Danny to say.

DANNY She said I was so much like you. I said, No, I'm not. I'm like I am because of you, but I'm not you, not as good as you. Everybody else saw me as a loser with a big chip on his shoulder. But you saw the better part of me, the part of me that could be like you, and changed me. You made me who I am.

RAFE How sweet. Is that when you put the move on her?

Danny slams his fist into Rafe's sick gut. Rafe doubles over again, coughing, nothing left in his belly to come up.

Rafe stand slowly, nodding as if he knows the punch was what he deserved. Danny's about to apologize when once more Rafe knees him in the balls.

Danny folds up, drops to his knees, and starts to retch.

RAFE That's better.

Rafe crawls into the back seat of the car and passes out, Danny still collapsed at the side of the road.

EXT. PACIFIC - NIGHT

The Japanese task force storms on.

INT. JAPANESE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS - NIGHT

IN THE PREP DECKS, the planes are being armed with bombs and torpedoes.

IN THE PILOTS' QUARTERS, the pilots individually sit before personal shrines, saying private prayers, writing letters.

EXT. JAPANESE CARRIERS - FLIGHT DECKS - NIGHT

The planes are brought up on the elevators; deck crewmen start rolling them into position.

EXT. UNDER THE SURFACE OF THE PACIFIC - NIGHT

A Japanese submarine with a midget sub attached to its hull runs silently toward Pearl Harbor.

EXT. OCEAN SURFACE - NIGHT

The periscope of the submarine breaks the surface.

INT. JAPANESE SUB - NIGHT

The sub commander looks through the periscope and sees the lights of Oahu far in the distance.

SUB COMMANDER Prepare to launch midget sub.

INT. BUNK AREA OF SUB, BETWEEN TORPEDOES - NIGHT

The sailor who will drive the midget sub completes his ceremonial sponge bath, and places a handwritten letter on his personal shrine.

SAILOR'S VOICE (LETTER) My revered father, I go now to fulfill my mission and my destiny.

INT. THE LAUNCH OF THE MIDGET SUB - NIGHT

We see the sub surface, and the sailor exit the main hatch of the big sub, then force himself through the tiny hatch of the midget sub.

SAILOR'S VOICE (LETTER) I hope it is a destiny that will bring honor to our family, and if it requires my life I will sacrifice it gladly, if you can think of me and my hope to be a good servant of our nation, and a worthy son. With love and devotion, Kazuyoshi.

EXT. FLIGHT DECK, JAPANESE CARRIER - NIGHT

A single scout plane launches into the air.

INT. SCOUT PLANE - NIGHT

The plane climbs to a high altitude, toward the dawn and Pearl Harbor.

EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN - NIGHT

The Japanese carriers turn into the wind and raise combat pennants. A color guard raises the Japanese flag as the deck crew stand at attention, seeing the rising-sun flag snap potently in the wind.

EXT. JAPANESE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS - NIGHT

The first wave of Japanese planes begins to launch. It is a stirring sight for the Japanese; the pilots waiting in their cockpits, the officers watching from the bridge, the seamen on the flight deck.

The first plane taxis along the flight deck and lifts into the sky. The seamen cheer and wave their caps.

EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN - NEAR PEARL HARBOR - NIGHT

The American destroyer WARD cuts through the water, moving back into port after a night patrol. It's CAPTAIN is on the bridge, and its lookouts are still scanning the waters.

LOOKOUT Captain, do you see that, in our wake?

The Captain raises his binoculars and looks out behind the ship. He sees something small and black there.

CAPTAIN OF THE WARD That's a conning tower.

OFFICER Could it be one of ours?

CAPTAIN OF THE WARD He's trying to follow us through the sub nets, into the harbor. Sink the son of a bitch.

EXT. DECK OF THE DESTROYER WARD - NIGHT

The deck gun barks, aimed toward the conning tower of the Japanese sub in the distance. The first shot sails directly over the tower, missing.

INT. THE SUB'S CONTROL ROOM - NIGHT

The Japanese sub commander sees, through his periscope, the flame erupt on the Ward's deck; he's being fired upon. He snaps orders --

JAPANESE SUB CAPTAIN Dive! Dive!

EXT. THE DECK OF THE WARD - NIGHT

The gunners snap in another shell and fire again. It's a direct hit, the sub is ripped apart, it rolls over.

INT. WARD'S BRIDGE - NIGHT

The Captain watches the sub sinking and snaps an order.

CAPTAIN OF THE WARD Fleet command, from destroyer Ward. Have fired upon and sunk enemy submarine seeking to enter Pearl Harbor.

EXT. ESTABLISHING - RADAR STATION - PEARL HARBOR - DAWN

INT. RADAR STATION - PEARL HARBOR - DAWN

There are two guys left in the room, yawning over their new radar equipment. The Officer, ELLIS, checks his watch; it's a few minutes after seven a.m.

ELLIS Time to shut her down. That was a good first session. You'll get the hang of this new radar soon.

PRIVATE Thank you, Sir. Hey...what's this?

His screen shows a huge cloud of blips, heading toward them.

ELLIS I've never seen anything like that before.

He gets on the telephone.

INT. ARMY HEADQUARTERS - DAWN

The phone rings and an officer answers.

OFFICER Watch command... Coming from which direction?... Hold on.

He covers the phone and tells his commander --

OFFICER Radar station has picked up a cloud of blips, coming in from the northeast.

He switches on the radio, and tunes it to KGMB; hearing the Hawaiian music reassures him something...

COMMANDER KGMB is on early. That means we've got a flight of B-17's coming in from the mainland, they use the radio music for a homing beacon.

INT. RADAR STATION - PEARL HARBOR - DAWN

Dismayed, Ellis listens to the response from the headquarters.

ELLIS All right, Sir. (he hangs up) They say don't worry about it.

He and the private look again at the cloud of blips -- growing ever larger, and moving in fast.

EXT. THE SKIES ABOVE THE PACIFIC - DAY

The Japanese formations are streaking through the sky.

INT. THE COCKPITS - DAY

The Japanese bombers, with three-man crews, are listening to the Hawaiian music of the radio station, using it for their homing beacon. They look out and see the sunrise -- it's beautiful, and resembles the Japanese flag.

EXT. SKIES ABOVE PEARL HARBOR - DAWN

The Japanese scout plane is high in the air. It radios --

SCOUT PLANE PILOT Harbor quiet. Ships in place. Carriers gone.

INT. BRIDGE OF YAMAMOTO'S CARRIER - DAY

Yamamoto is handed this message.

YAMAMOTO We have achieved surprise, but their carriers are not in port. I don't like this.

GENDA We have a fighter screen up, in case we are attacked, Admiral.

YAMAMOTO We must go ahead. This is our moment.

INT. ADMIRAL KIMMEL'S HOME - DAY

The Admiral, dressed in his golf clothes, is leaving his home when a naval LIEUTENANT appears at his door.

LIEUTENANT Admiral, one of our destroyers reports sinking a sub on its way into Pearl.

ADMIRAL KIMMEL Relay that to Washington...and cancel my golf game.

INT. ADMIRAL KIMMEL'S OFFICE - OAHU - DAY

Kimmel enters his office, and is handed the latest dispatches.

ADMIRAL KIMMEL Any response from Washington?

KIMMEL'S AIDE Nothing, Sir.

EXT. WESTERN UNION OFFICE - PEARL HARBOR - DAY

A telegram, addressed to Admiral Kimmel, lands in the regular, not urgent, dispatch box. The messenger handles it promptly, hopping on his motorbike to deliver it.

EXT. SKIES ABOVE THE PACIFIC - DAY

The Japanese planes increase throttle and nose down, diving toward the surface, hurtling into attack mode.

EXT. PEARL HARBOR - DAY

The harbor lies quiet. It's a sleepy Sunday morning. Children are playing, officers are stepping from their houses in their shorts to get the morning paper...

EXT. MOUNTAINSIDE - OAHU - DAY

Hawaiian Boy Scouts are hiking on a side of one of the mountains overlooking Pearl.

Suddenly booming over the mountain, barely ten feet above the summit, comes a stream of planes.

The boys are awed. What is this?

EXT. PEARL HARBOR - DAY

QUICK INTERCUTS - Between the approach of the Japanese planes, and sleepy Pearl Harbor...

-- The planes, in formation, their propellers spinning, their engines throbbing...

-- Pearl Harbor, with the ships silent, their engines cold, their anchors steady on the harbor bottom.

-- The Japanese submarines heading in.

-- The American destroyers docking, instead of going out to search for them.

-- Another formation of Japanese bombers climbing high, into attack position.

-- The Japanese torpedo planes dropping down to the level of the ocean, their engines beginning to scream.

-- The American planes bunched on the airfields.

-- ON THE JAPANESE CARRIERS, Yamamoto and his staff huddle tensely, over their battle maps.

ON THE JAPANESE CARRIER DECKS, the second wave of planes is being brought up and loaded with munitions...the Japanese flag snaps tautly in the wind...

ON THE GOLD COURSE NEAR PEARL HARBOR, American officers are laughing on the putting green near the club house, where the American flag droops from the flag pole, limply at peace.

-- The Japanese planes roaring down just over the wave tops of Pearl Harbor itself.

-- Children playing in the early morning sun, looking up as they see the planes flash by. The children look -- they've never seen this many, flying this low...but they are not alarmed, only curious.

The images come faster and faster, the collision of Japan's determination and American's innocence...

EXT. DECK OF OKLAHOMA - DAY

Two sailors are standing on the deck, sharing a smoke, looking out over the quiet harbor. One of them sees the first few planes streaking in.

SAILOR 1 Look at that.

SAILOR 2 It's the Army again, practicing on us.

Something drops from the lead plane and splashes easily into the water; the plane banks away.

SAILOR 2 Practice torpedoes.

A white streak runs through the water at them.

SAILOR 2 Now listen, you'll hear a little thud when it hits the side of the ship.

They watch it rush at them...then, a MASSIVE EXPLOSION! It throws up a fifty foot wall of water, hurling the sailors and everything else on the deck into the sea.

EXT. THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR - DAY

-- The first wave of planes drop more torpedoes; they plunge BENEATH THE SURFACE, their wooden fins working perfectly, the torpedoes speeding to their targets...

We see their AWESOME BLASTS against the anchored ships as the torpedoes hit home.

-- The Japanese LOW ALTITUDE BOMBERS come in; some drop their bombs directly into the ships; some skip their bombs across the water, the bombs glancing off the surface and then slamming the sides of battleships with tremendous explosions.

-- INSIDE THE SHIPS, sleeping sailors are thrown from their bunks; those already awakened run for their battle stations, and try to make it up to the deck; but there's no escape there, as...

-- Zero fighter planes strafe the ships, raking the decks and killing sailors with MACHINE GUN FIRE.

EXT. ON THE AMERICAN SHIPS - DAY

Fire and smoke are turning everything into chaos. some sailors rush to man the guns, they find the ammo boxes locked.

Under the bombing and strafing, they find a wrench and start pounding on the lock, trying to break open the ammo box. Then they break open the lock -- and find the ammo box empty.

SAILOR Shit! I'll get some ammo!

He runs for the ladders, and is shot down before he gets there.

EXT. SKIES OVER PEARL HARBOR - DAY

The dive bombers scream in.

EXT. DECK OF THE WEST VIRGINIA - DAY

Bombs are hitting the deck. Sailors are blown into the air and out into the oily water. Nearby ships are catching fire; the flames spread out onto the oily water itself.

INT. BELOW DECKS OF THE WEST VIRGINIA - DAY

Dorie Miller, the boxing champion/kitchen helper, is working picking up the breakfast trays when he feels the ship shudder. The intercom comes alive --

INTERCOM Battle stations! Battle stations! This is not a drill!

Men run to the ladders, and the shaking of the ship from a bomb blast tosses them off; Dorie's at the foot of the ladder when men fall back on top of him.

EXT. BRIDGE OF WEST VIRGINIA - DAY

The Captain of the ship has reached the command bridge, where most of his staff is lying wounded from a bomb blast.

CAPTAIN OF THE WEST VIRGINIA Stay calm! Find your positions. Medics, get the wounded to sick bay! Load and --

MORE TORPEDOES and BOMBS blast into the ship. A big chunk of shrapnel tears into the Captain and rips his stomach open. The medics he was just directing to other men now run to him, as the men they were going to help have been blown apart.

EXT. DECK OF THE WEST VIRGINIA - DAY

Sailors run up from below and are gunned down and blasted down before they can reach their weapons.

Dorie Miller emerges from below decks and sees the carnage, the confusion. A bloody OFFICER grabs him.

BLOODY OFFICER Boy! We need stretcher bearers on the bridge!

Dorie runs into the fire and smoke, toward the bridge.

EXT. BRIDGE OF THE WEST VIRGINIA - DAY

Dorie arrives to see the medics crouched over the disemboweled Captain, who is still giving orders.

CAPTAIN OF THE WEST VIRGINIA Radio for air cover. Organize the other medics. Initiate fire control.

Dorie helps the medic lift the Captain to take him below.

INT. BELOW DECKS OF THE WEST VIRGINIA - DAY

Dorie carries the Captain down the ladder by himself, using one arm to climb and one to hold the Captain like a child's teddy bear. When they reach the bottom the pain has grown too much for the Captain; he know's he's dying.

CAPTAIN OF THE WEST VIRGINIA Put me down here.

Dorie puts him down; the medic jumps down the ladder and reaches the Captain, who tells him --

CAPTAIN OF THE WEST VIRGINIA Find my executive officer and tell him he's in command. Tell him to fire the boilers and...

He trembles in death throes...

CAPTAIN OF THE WEST VIRGINIA Make sure the gunners have enough ammuni --

He's dead. The Medic runs toward the ladder, reaches the hatch, and is blasted back to the bottom by an explosion overhead.

Dorie runs for the ladder, and climbs out into hell.

EXT. DECK OF THE WEST VIRGINIA - DAY

Dorie emerges into even greater carnage and confusion. A sailor, his body on fire, runs past and leaps into the oily water -- but it is in flames too.

Then Dorie sees it: an unmanned anti-aircraft gun. He runs to it, through the strafing.

The gun already has a belt of ammo in it -- apparently loaded by the gunner who lies beside it with his chest shot open. Dorie swings the business end of the gun toward the Zeros coming in out of the smoke, and he begins to fire.

The Zeros keep coming and he keeps firing; nothing on earth will knock him from that gun.

INT. NURSES' BARRACKS - DAY

Evelyn is up, dressed; her roommates are just stirring.

EXT. NURSES' QUARTERS - OAHU - DAY

Evelyn has stepped to the door when she hears a distant rumble and looks across the harbor to see smoke rising, ships taking hits.

EVELYN Oh my God... EVERYBODY TO THE HOSPITAL!

As she runs, Japanese planes are coming toward the base.

EXT. THE MESS HALL AT HICKAM FIELD - DAY

The men were sitting down to breakfast, but the machine gun bullets tearing up the outer walls have them clogging the doors, and it's so clogged they can't all get out.

A steel bomb crashes through the roof and slams through the room, taking out tables and chairs before bouncing off the wall and coming to a stop.

TWO SOLDIERS, trapped within the mess hall, see it stop without detonating. They are bug-eyed, hearts stopped.

MESS HALL SOLDIER Dud.

The bomb detonated, blowing everything to bloody dust.

INT. HOSPITAL - DAY

Evelyn reaches the hospital first and runs to the cabinet, withdrawing supplies.

Barbara and Sandra appear at the far door, both terrified.

EVELYN Get everything out! Bandages, sutures -- oh God, the men in traction... Come with me!

She races into the hallway, the other two following.

INT. HOSPITAL - TRACTION WARD - DAY

Four men from a jeep accident are lying in traction, their casted limbs roped in the air. Evelyn runs in, grabbing a razor blade from the medical cabinet -- and telling Barbara and Sandra.

EVELYN Cut them down, and take cover!! Hurry!

Bombs are falling outside, on the airfield this wing of the hospital faces. Evelyn slices the traction ropes of a man with both legs broken; ignoring his groans, she rolls him out of the bed and covers him with the mattress. The other nurses follow her lead. The bombs are coming toward the hospital ward; Evelyn finishes with the fourth man and covers him and herself with the mattress, just as a bomb craters outside the window.

The nurses and patients look up after the explosions have passed; there's a chunk of smoking shrapnel lying on the springs of the bunk where the last man had been lying.

EXT. HICKAM FIELD - DAY

The Japanese low-altitude bombers, with Zero escorts, zoom in over the field, blasting the clusters of American warplanes, whole squadrons taken out with one bomb.

The mechanics and pilots, caught in the open, run from the strafing. The Zeros rake them down with machine gun fire. It's carnage.

EXT. PHOTOGRAPHER'S HOUSE - DAY

Sammy, the amateur photographer, is leaving his house for a morning of working his "Pictures of Paradise" business, when he sees the Japanese formations rumbling toward Pearl. He races back inside.

INT. PHOTOGRAPHER'S HOUSE - DAY

He fishes into his drawer for a film camera, and digs out cans of film, struggling to load it as he runs back out.

INT. HICKAM FIELD - BARRACKS - DAY

The pilots of Danny's squadron have returned from their night of drinking and brawling and are crashed on their bunks. Red stirs and staggers toward the head; he bumps into the wall, backs up like a wind-up toy and lurches blindly forward again, into --

INT. BARRACKS - THE HEAD - DAY

Red sleepwalks to the urinals and unleashes a marathon piss stream, still in his sleep. A rumble penetrates his brain, and his eyes come open a fraction. Through the window slits above the urinals, he can see a cloud of Japanese planes rushing past.

He squeezes his eyes shut, and looks again; the planes start bombing the distant hangers.

Red pisses along the wall as he races to the barracks, trying to get his pecker back into his drawers. He shouts to the sleeping guys --

RED Th-th-th-th-th-

He slaps his face with both hands, and stomps his feet...

RED Th-th-th-th-Dammit! Th-th-th-

He still can't get it out, can't wake them; bursting with frustration, he suddenly blasts out singing --

RED (singing) The Jaaaps!! The Jaaaps!!

He's belting it like a baritone in a bizarre opera. His friends stir; what the hell? Red points outside and tries to talk, but now he can't mutter a syllable. The guys hear the explosions, and realize...

EXT. HICKAM FIELD - BARRACKS - DAY

The pilots stagger out, half drunk, half dressed. Seeing what's happening, they race toward the flight line, where the clustered American planes are blowing up in groups, and the pilots are knocked to the ground.

BILLY Goddamn Japs!

Billy jumps to his feet and starts to run toward a cluster of fighters that hasn't gone up yet.

ANTHONY Billy!

Anthony tries to grab him and drag him back to earth but he misses; Billy gets a few steps before the fire from a strafing Zero catches up to him; his friends watch in horror as Billy gets shorter as he runs; the Zero's machine gun fire is sawing his legs off from the feet up.

Billy falls, legless but still alive; then a bomb falls almost on top of him, sending body parts over the pilots.

Their innocence, like America's, is gone in that moment.

EXT. ROAD TO MAIN AIRFIELD - DAY

Danny and Rafe are in Danny's Buick, hung over and asleep, Danny in front, Rafe in back, and they're a miserable sight -- their shirts ripped, blood dried in a leak trail from one side of Rafe's nose and the corner of Danny's mouth.

The rumble of planes moving overhead makes them stir; the rumble grows huge, as the shadows of a massive formation makes the sunlight flicker. Danny and Rafe squint up, their heads pounding, and realize what they're seeing. Suddenly their headaches are gone, and Danny's gunning the Buick down the road, toward the base.

EXT. AIR BASE - DAY

Danny blasts through the main gate; the guards are too busy taking cover and haven't even closed the barrier.

He races to the tarmac, where some of the planes are still undamaged. Rafe is out the door before the car stops rolling, and Danny's right behind him.

They're running toward a cluster of fighters, when it goes up with a bomb blast. Rafe and Danny dive at each other; their first instinct is to cover their best friend with their own bodies.

They look at each other on the ground. They see machine gun bullets thudding into the planes on the flight line, and ripping along the walls of the buildings. It's as if the whole Japanese airforce is attacking this one base, and not leaving a single plane airworthy.

RAFE Get me into a plane!

DANNY Come on!

Danny sprints; Rafe follows. Danny reaches a phone booth, and digs a dime from his pants.

RAFE You're making a phone call?!

Danny dials, as waves of bullets sweep the area, and more planes blow up on the flight line. Rafe thinks he's lost his mind.

DANNY (into phone) This is Walker! We're under attack! Get those planes fueled and armed RIGHT NOW!

He runs back toward the car; Rafe, in the nonsense of battle, reaches in to hang up the receiver, before Danny grabs him and leads him on a sprint to the car, as the phone booth shatters behind them from the strafing.

On the way to the car they dive back to the ground to avoid strafing -- and see their friends lying nearby, in shock.

ANTHONY They got Billy.

DANNY Come with us!

He and Rafe jump up and run again. Anthony, Red, and several other pilots reach the Buick and dive in. Danny drives away, through the strafing.

RAFE Where are we going?

DANNY Auxiliary field at Haleiwa, ten miles north of here.

RAFE What's there?

DANNY Six P-40's.

As the Zero pilots see the Buick moving, they go after it. Danny drives like a madman through the strafing, zigzagging and gunning the Buick's V-8.

EXT. THE OKLAHOMA - STILL AT ANCHOR - DAY

The number of attacking planes seems endless -- and their strategy flawless. Torpedoes hitting one ship lifts its hull with a blast, enabling the next wave of torpedoes to rush under and hit the next ship anchored behind. The American battleships are bobbing like see-saws.

The OKLAHOMA takes an entire barrage of torpedoes, blowing thirty foot holes along it's hull; the ship immediately begins to list.

INT. THE OKLAHOMA - DAY

Doors are wedged shut by the deformation of the structure; vertical ladders are becoming horizontal, and water is pouring in. Men fight their way up against the water.

INT. INNER COMPARTMENT OF THE OKLAHOMA - DAY

Water is up to the trapped sailor's waists when they grab a wrench and start taking turns pounding S.O.S. in Morse code on the bulkhead.

EXT. DECK OF OKLAHOMA - DAY

As the listing grows more severe, sailors start jumping from the deck into the water. Still the Marines on deck are firing back at the planes; some Marines are even using handguns. But courage does not save them...

THE OKLAHOMA ROLLS OVER

The men still on its deck try to run, but it's not just the fires and the water they can't escape; the gun turrets' 1400 pound shells break loose with the capsizing of the ship and tumble through everything like massive wrecking balls.

The sailors and marines, thrown into the water, struggle to get away from the suction as the giant battleship turns turtle.

BELOW THE WATER men are sucked down with amazing force, every hair on their heads streaming behind them as they're snatched to the depths.

INSIDE THE OKLAHOMA, everyone and everything is spilling upside down. The ship's generators sputter out and the lights go out. The flashlights of the few sailors who can find them cut raggedly through the darkness, and water spills in. There is no escape.

BELOW THE WATER, the Oklahoma's superstructure hits bottom; some men are crushed there. For others it's salvation, as the BACKWASH blows them toward the surface.

ON THE SURFACE the men are launched almost completely out of the water, before splashing back into the water and burning oil. A few feet of the steel hull and a portion of the propeller protrude above the surface, but most of the Oklahoma is under water.

Men in the water swim toward a medical launch carrying wounded away from the wreckage. A bomb hits the launch and blows body parts everywhere.

INT. OKLAHOMA - REAR COMPARTMENT

In one compartment there are a dozen trapped men. They've survived the roll-over, and are in a chaotic world where the floor is now the ceiling. The water is up their waists. Some of the SAILORS are panicking.

One sailor has a flashlight and switches it on, flashing the light from face to face.

SAILOR WITH THE FLASHLIGHT Don't panic! Don't panic!

PANICKED SAILOR The water's rising! It's coming up, we're all gonna drown!

SAILOR WITH THE FLASHLIGHT The air pressure will equalize it!

But the water keeps rising, along with their fears. Several of the sailors are still screaming...

The water's already to their bellies. One of them grabs a wrench and starts slamming Morse code against the bulkhead.

One sailor in the middle of the room is particularly panicked, not just yelling but crying and whimpering --

TERRIFIED SAILOR Get me out! Get me out!

SAILOR WITH THE FLASHLIGHT Stop it! Come on! Save your air!

TERRIFIED SAILOR MY FOOT'S CAUGHT!

He's at the lower end of the compartment, where the water is deeper -- the ship's nose is lower than her stern. The water's up to the guy's neck.

The man with the flashlight dives down, and finds the guys foot wedged together in the pipes of the ships ceiling -- now their floor.

He pops up again. The water's up to the trapped guy's mouth; he's already gagging.

SAILOR WITH THE FLASHLIGHT Is there a hacksaw in that locker?!

They open it; tools spill out -- among them is a hacksaw. They hand it to him; the sailor dives down and cuts off the guy's foot.

The trapped man is underwater, muffling his scream. He comes free, and surfaces gasping. His severed foot floats to the surface and then the horror really hits them. The sailor with the flashlight pops up, in the blossoming of blood. He and another sailor tie a tourniquet around the stump, to stop the bleeding.

The drama of this has caused the other trapped men to stop their signaling. Now they start banging, twice as loudly as before.

EXT. HALEIWA - AUXILIARY AIRFIELD - DAY

Haleiwa is a tiny airfield, tucked among the green volcanic hills; its barely paved, and it's only permanent building is a quonset hut. A mechanic named EARL, is out with the P-40's; and these are spread out, not bunched.

EARL AND THE P-40'S

The planes here have received loving care from Earl -- which means lots of cursing; as he's wrestling to load an ammo belt, he yells.

EARL Sum-bitch!

The Buick, bullet holes punched through the truck, slides to a stop near the planes, and the pilots jump out.

DANNY They ready, Earl?

EARL They'll all fly, but -- oh, shit...

What stops him is the cloud of Zeros and dive bombers, shrieking in.

DANNY Cover!

The guys scatter. There are sandbags around the hut, and they run there, diving into it's shelter just before the first strafing pass, when a Zero strafes one of the P-40's and a dive bomber blasts another. Earl stands up in shock and fury.

EARL You absolute mother-fuckin' son of a bitch! You shot one of my planes!

Danny pulls him down, as the Zeros roar overhead.

DANNY This ain't a little feud, Earl, it's World War Two!

RAFE They're coming around for another pass. You got extra weapons and ammo?

EARL Cock-suckin' right I do!! In the gun lockers!

DANNY You guys get those! Earl, Rafe, come with me!

Danny, Rafe and Earl run to the planes that got hit and strip out the 20mm cannons and ammo.

INT. QUONSET HUT - DAY

The other pilots run in, throw open the gun locker, and start grabbing weapons -- aircraft machine guns, ammo belts, one even grabs a rifle.

SANDBAGS BY THE SHED

The two groups run back and start to set up.

RAFE Danny, over there! We're in a canyon, they'll come straight down it, we'll get 'em in a crossfire.

Danny, Rafe and Earl run to a gully opposite the shed and set up there, as the other pilots brace the machine guns against the sandbags.

The Japanese planes attacks again. This time the lead plane hits a wall of steel fired from the combined guns; the bullets chew into the bomb it carries and the plane EXPLODES. The airborne debris makes the following planes shear off.

Red's standing, firing; he yells at the Zeros --

RED D-don't like it when we fight back, do ya!

Red runs out with his machine gun and keeps firing even when the planes have passed, trying to shoot them right up the ass.

DANNY Earl! You said the planes were ready but -- but what?

EARL Of the four left, only one is full of fuel.

RAFE Will the others get into the air?

Earl shoots a look to Rafe, then turns to Danny.

EARL Danny, I don't like this fuckin' guy.

DANNY Anthony, Red, stay with the guns! Coma, you cover the cannons! Joe, Theo, come with us! Earl, you get on the radio! We're gonna fight these fuckers.

Two of the pilots, Joe and Theo, run to Danny.

JOE How do we do it?

DANNY Your call, Rafe.

RAFE Get rolling as fast as you can. Stay low! We'll use the topography to separate them and then we can take 'em one on one.

They race toward the planes, and the Japanese attack again. Seeing the pilots running for the P-40's, the Zeros aim for them; Rafe and Danny race for the most distant of the planes; Joe and Theo run for the closer planes, through the dusty bullet hits.

Theo makes his plane and is just strapping himself in when bullets stitch his fuselage, wounding him. He still forces the plane forward. He taxis twenty feet and his cockpit gets chopped up and the plane arches into a right turn and putters to a stop, Theo dead at the controls.

Joe doesn't bother to strap in; he hits the throttle hard and heads down the runway...

The Zeros are on him as he gets ten feet of air at 120 M.P.H. The Zero's bullets eat his canopy and plane skin; the plane breaks apart in mid air, spilling in gouts of flame as it smashes down on the tarmac.

Rafe and Danny have reaches the more distant P-40's and are revving their engines as they see Joe and Theo's fate. They throw on their radio headsets.

Their way seems blocked: they've got no runway behind them, the wreckage of four P-40's scattered ahead of them, and the Zeros screaming over the low hills to attack them. Now Rafe and Danny talk through the radio.

DANNY It's tight.

RAFE Tighter 'n a bulls ass in fly season. Don't hit the barn.

They gun their engines and roll through the grass on either side of the runway, dodging the burning planes; they lift off, clearing the quonset hut by a couple of inches. They blow right through the strafing fire, and into the sky.

Eight Zeros are all over them.

Earl is in the hut, on the radio and watching through binoculars.

EARL I see six...seven...eight of the cocksuckers! Don't let 'em hurt my planes.

Danny's swiveling in his seat, looking left, right, back.

DANNY They're all over us!

RAFE Bet they don't dust crops in Japan.

Danny understands immediately, following Rafe's tactic as he breaks into a sharp turn and uses the hut, palm trees, and low hills to shake the Japs. They fly like crop dusters, skimming down a foot from the ground, then bobbing up, banking left and right. The Zeros have divided into two groups to chase them, their wings clipping tree tops as they try to follow the Americans.

It feels like a 200 M.P.H. car chase, 20 feet off the ground, Rafe and Danny skimming and bobbing over the terrain, but there are too many Japanese.

RAFE Danny! Let's play some chicken!

Danny banks in one direction, Rafe in another...

EXT. OVER THE LANDING STRIP - DAY

The two P-40's are screaming, rushing at each other like they did at the training base back in the states, flying right into each other's propellers; the Japanese heading after them realize they're rushing headlong at the other group...

EARL Oh shit, oh shit...

He can't even watch.

At the last instant Rafe and Danny snap a quarter spin so the planes flash by belly to belly.

Two of the Zeros collide in mid-air, exploding, as the other Zeros scatter.

EXT. SKIES ABOVE PEARL HARBOR - DAY

Danny and Rafe rejoin each other in the open sky; they've lost the Zeros. The P-40's are flying smoothly, side by side. The two pilots look across at each other, going into battle together. They speak through their radios.

RAFE You hear my okay?

DANNY Yeah. So you can call me if you need help.

RAFE I got a half a tank. You?

DANNY Little less.

He fires a short burst to see if his guns work; they do. Rafe does the same. Up ahead they see a formation of Japanese planes, headed toward Pearl.

RAFE They're in strafing formation, we'll blow right through their line.

They look across at each other.

RAFE Land of the free.

DANNY Home of the brave.

Side by side the P-40's scream in.

EXT. ABOVE OAHU - THE DOGFIGHT - DAY

The Japanese planes are in tight, disciplined formation, their minds on the targets below them in the harbor. But their day of shooting sitting ducks changes as the two P-40's blast in, wing guns blazing, chopping into Two Zeros. Both Zeros falter and begin to lose altitude. The P-40's make almost impossible tight turns, still side-by-side, and go after the two plane they crippled on the first pass.

Rafe finishes one Zero, making it explode in a ball of flame in the air. Danny finishes the other, shooting off its wing so that it spirals into the sea and crashes there.

The P-40's swoop up again.

RAFE They're trying to hold formation. We can chew 'em up!

The P-40's dig in again, swooping down on the line of Zeros. Rafe hits first, machine gunning one plane, and Danny comes in behind it, finishing it off.

The Japanese pilots are screaming at each other over their radios, but their SQUADRON COMMANDER sees Pearl Harbor ahead, and tells them --

JAPANESE SQUADRON COMMANDER Hold the line!

The P-40's come through again, their guns spitting fire.

EXT. ANOTHER JAPANESE FORMATION OF BOMBERS - DAY

These planes are different -- high altitude bombers with three-man crews, high above the harbor. The bombardier looks through his sight and the bomb bays open.

THROUGH THE BOMBARDIER'S SIGHT, the ships look like tops, far below. The bombardier is ticking off the targets as they pass, the first two he mentions already burning.

JAPANESE BOMBARDIER West Virginia... Oklahoma... Ah, Arizona.

He flips his bomb switch, and a HUGE STEEL BOMB falls away.

EXT. THE FLIGHT OF THE BOMB - DAY

We stay with the bomb as it falls through the sky. The small propeller on the bomb's nose spins in the air, running the arming mechanism into the bomb's explosive core. The bomb wobbles a bit at first, but then as it gathers speed its fins stabilize it, and it falls faster and faster, at a dizzying rate, toward the Arizona.

It slams through the teak wood deck, and breaks it like matchsticks.

It's tremendous weight and speed carry it through the next deck, and the next, deep into the heart of the ship...toward the powder room, where two million pounds of black powder are waiting.

The bomb hits there, and the explosion is almost beyond comprehension. Over 1400 men die instantly.

EXT. PEARL HARBOR - DAY

The battleship Arizona leaps into the air, the ship's spine is broken, it's guts ripped open in one explosive instant. Men on the deck are thrown into the burning oil already floating on the water from the other ruptured ships, but there are almost no survivors.

The concussion of the explosion blows men off the repair ship Vestal, next to the Arizona, saving Vestal, as the explosion snuffs out the fires on Vestal; it also sends tons of debris down on her decks -- parts of the ship, legs, arms and heads of men, all sorts of bodies.

Debris from the Arizona also cover the Tennessee and does more damage than the two Japanese bombs that hit her.

INT. HOSPITAL - HALLWAY - DAY

Medics have already started bringing in the wounded. Evelyn is like a frantic traffic cop.

EVELYN Put criticals in ward one, stables in two! Barbara! Fill every syringe you can find with stimulant and antibiotic --

MEDIC Where are the doctors?

EVELYN On the third tee.

SANDRA Evelyn! Where's the morphine?

THE FRONT WARD

Evelyn runs in, snaps open the cabinet, grabs a bag of morphine sticks, and is about to run out again when she sees the Arizona go up.

For a moment she's frozen, then she actually sees the shock wave traveling across the bay and through the trees like an invisible wall. She's trying to cross her arms over her face, and dive to the floor, just as the windows blow out from the concussion, and glass flies over everything.

INT. JAPANESE BOMBER - DAY

They see the results of their bomb, and are ecstatic.

EXT. AIR ABOVE OAHU - DAY

The nose of Danny's plane is pointed right at the harbor and he sees the sudden devastation of the Arizona. It is a sight so awesome it freezes him for a moment.

A Zero comes up behind him, firing. Danny jerks his stick to maneuver but he's caught...

Rafe comes in behind the Zero, chopping it up, even as he yells at Danny over the radio --

RAFE Ain't no time for spectatin'!

They turn back after the line of Zeros. There are some Japanese planes coming after them now, but the P-40's head at their noses, firing, then duck past in a double maneuver, and turn right back into the Japanese formation.

Rafe has a plane in his sights, but his guns fire only a short burst before stopping.

RAFE I'm out of ammo!

DANNY I'm out of fuel!

They head back. A single Zero is on their way. Rafe charges it and draws its fire; Danny comes in behind the Zero and rakes its cockpit; the Japanese pilot backs off.

The P-40's dive back toward Haleiwa.

A handful of Zeros returning from Pearl see them and follow.

EXT. PACIFIC - JAPANESE CARRIERS - DAY

The second wave of planes takes off from the carriers.

INT. FLIGHT CONTROL CENTER - CARRIER AKAGI - DAY

Genda reports to Yamamoto.

GENDA Second attack wave is in the air.

INT. RADIO STATION KGBM - DAY

The DISC JOCKEY, handed a message by the army officer, stops playing the soothing Hawaiian music and announces...

DISC JOCKEY All Army, Navy, and Marine personnel to report to duty.

INT. GENERAL SHORT'S OFFICE - DAY

General SHORT is in his office; he and his aides are working frantically.

GENERAL SHORT Mobilize everything! We're at war! Send a message to Washington: Hostilities with Japan commenced with an air raid on Pearl Harbor.

INT. WHITE HOUSE - OVAL ROOM - DAY

President Roosevelt is having lunch in the Oval Room study with Harry Hopkins. The phone RINGS and Hopkins answers.

HOPKINS Oval Room... Yes, he is. (to Roosevelt) It's Knox, Mr. President.

ROOSEVELT (taking phone) Yes?

He listens, then puts the receiver down, shaken.

ROOSEVELT The Japanese have attacked Pearl Harbor.

HOPKINS My God. Do we have damage estimates?

ROOSEVELT Our Pacific Fleet, at anchor, unprepared? It's terrible. It has to be. And it's not over.

EXT. HALEIWA - AUXILIARY AIRFIELD - DAY

The two P-40's drop out of the sky and bounce to a landing; Anthony and Red have been pushing the wreckage off the field with the Buick. Danny and Rafe pull the P-40's behind the burning quonset hut, and it's like a pit stop at a race track; Earl rushes up and starts fueling the planes, their engines still running.

DANNY We need ammo too!

Earl shouts instructions to the pilots.

EARL Strip it from the wrecks!

The other pilots race to the wrecked P-40's and start pulling out ammo belts. Earl glares at the smoking engine of Danny's plane, and the bullet holes.

EARL Who the fuck taught you to fly?

DANNY He did.

Earl looks at Rafe's plane, more shot-up and abused than Danny's. Rafe grins and waves to him. Earl mumbles a stream of guttural and unintelligible obscenities.

The Zeros that followed them sweep down, strafing. One mechanic, running across the field with a belt of ammo, goes down. Coma, running behind him, picks up the fallen man's ammo and his own, bringing both to the planes behind the hut. He, Red, and Anthony reload the machine guns in Rafe and Danny's planes.

Rafe and Danny gun their engines and head back into the air, the grounded pilots firing a covering barrage and Earl even coming up with a 12-gauge shotgun to fire at the Zeros as they rush past.

EXT. SKIES OVER PACIFIC - DAY

The Second Wave of Japanese planes is in tight formation.

INT. LEAD PLANE OF SECOND WAVE - DAY

Lt. Commander SHIMAZAKI, leader of the second attack wave, says calmly into his radio...

SHIMAZAKI Second wave, deploy over the military bases. High level bombers to the air stations, dive bombers attack ships in harbor. Fighters strafe and cover.

He leads the second wave in on their attack run...

EXT. NAVAL AIR STATION - DAY

The navy's planes, bunched up on the naval airfield, are destroyed without ever getting into the air.

EXT. PEARL HARBOR - DAY

The harbor is already a mass of destruction and panic; screaming everywhere, men trying to fight fires, move the wounded; the second wave of planes hits, and tremendous explosions now rock the secondary ships like the destroyer SHAW, blasting it apart.

But the Japanese pilots are now having trouble with the thick black smoke coming out of the damaged ships, and off the oil fires along the water. One torpedo plane, its pilot flying blind, clips the superstructure of a battleship and spins to a crash.

Still, even IN THE CHAOS ON THE SHIPS, the sailors struggle to survive, inventively. Men trapped on one burning ship use the severed barrel of a five-inch naval gun as a bridge to cross to the less damaged ship anchored beside them.

Others jump into the water and swim through the burning oil, towing buddies too wounded to swim themselves.

EXT. PEARL HARBOR - DAY

Below decks, sailors have organized a line and are passing ammunition from the ammo lockers, hand to hand up to the guns on deck. Blasts from bombs hit them and ignite the ammo they're holding, setting off a chain reaction of explosions.

On the deck, the sailors are out of ammo. An OFFICER grabs a SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD SAILOR.

OFFICER Grab a dinghy and get ammo from the base ammo storeroom.

The young sailor jumps to a dinghy and launches it through the oily waters and thick black smoke.

EXT. PEARL HARBOR - DAY

The sailors in the boat get strafed, the rounds cutting between them and blasting their boat in two. They jump into the oily water and swim toward shore.

Other sailors are in the water with them, struggling, swallowing the vile black liquid as they battle to swim. Errant bombs and shrapnel hit beside them, killing some; other lose strength and slide beneath the surface.

The sailors from the ammo boat make it ashore; it's hot there too, with bullets and bombs all around. One sailor has to stop and puke from the oil; his buddy grabs him and they run for cover; they find it in the dugout of the baseball diamond.

EXT. NAVAL STATION - DAY

A MARINE GUNNERY SERGEANT leads men in a race through strafing fire to the bases ammo storeroom.

INT. AMMO STOREROOM - DAY

The SUPPLY SERGEANT is at his post.

GUNNERY SERGEANT We need weapons and ammo!

SUPPLY SERGEANT You need authorization.

GUNNERY SERGEANT The fuck I do!

He pushes the man out of the way and starts grabbing weapons.

EXT. NAVAL STATION - DAY

The gunnery sergeant and his marines run with a water-cooled machine gun, across the open ground, under fire.

BARRACKS

The Marines set up in the windows of their already-strafed barracks, and start firing there, as the Zeros scream past.

EXT. NAVAL STATION - DAY

Trucks are moving dependents -- women and children -- from the dependents' housing area. The Japanese strafe the trucks, dependents diving for cover.

NAVAL STATION

A fire engine from the Honolulu Fire Department races up to the sight of buildings burning from the air attack. As the firemen jump out, a Zero strafes them, gunning down the firemen.

As the strafing Zero starts to bank away, two P-40's come in behind it, both of them gunning away. The Zero comes apart under the barrage, and crashes in a ball of flame.

It's Rafe and Danny, back in the air.

INT. MILITARY BASE HOSPITAL - DAY

The once-pristine hospital with its glowing white beds is now a bloody chaos. Every bed is already full; there are burned and broken people on the floor -- soldiers, sailors, civilians, firemen, all mixed in together. People are dying everywhere, and screaming in pain, or moaning and begging for help. At first we don't see Evelyn, and wonder if she survived the glass; then we see her, flecks of her own blood dotting her face and arms. The blood of soldiers on her surgical apron. A steel calm has replaced her earlier frenzy, even as the other nurses are breaking down.

SANDRA I can't tell who's gotten morphine and who hasn't!

EVELYN Take a grease pencil and mark an M on the forehead of everyone you stick.

A young doctor is trying to give an intravenous injection to a man who's badly charred; the doctors hands are shaking.

EVELYN Don't look for a vein, just poke.

SANDRA My pen's dry!

EVELYN Use lipstick. Use ammo belts for tourniquets, use your own nylons if you have to! Barbara! Grab anything that will hold a pint of blood and sterilize it.

The doctors are amputating limbs right there in the hallway. A SENIOR DOCTOR calls --

SENIOR DOCTOR Evelyn! You have to do the triage! They're bringing them in with trucks!

Evelyn moves to the door. Trucks are pulling up, loaded with the wounded, young terrified soldiers bringing them inside; Evelyn does quick triage as they pass.

EVELYN Critical -- front ward!... Give him morphine, he can't wait...

The next body through is a pilot, wings on his uniform, his chest riddled with bullets -- and his face shot off. For a moment Evelyn falters, then she forces herself to check the dog tags...

It isn't Rafe or Danny. Evelyn sags in guilty relief.

EVELYN Take him outside and cover him; he's dead.

She steadies herself as the next body comes through, a woman on a stretcher, her stomach shot open, pale hands clutching at the open wound. Evelyn feels for a pulse.

EVELYN She's gone too, take her --

It's Betty.

And though the bombs are blasting and guns booming everywhere, the world goes silent for Evelyn.

One of the sailors outside the door is pointing to the harbor, the Nevada has begun to move.

EXT. PEARL HARBOR - DAY

The battleship NEVADA is underway, plowing through the harbor, as the water erupts with bombs.

INT. THE NEVADA'S BRIDGE - DAY

The Captain is struggling to save his ship.

CAPTAIN OF THE NEVADA We can save her if we make the open sea!

EXT. PEARL HARBOR - POV THE ATTACKING PLANES - DAY

The lead pilot in the next squad of Japanese planes spots the moving battleship, and leads his squadron on it.

They come whipping in over the waves, dropping torpedoes and bombs.

INT. THE NEVADA'S BRIDGE - DAY

The Nevada's Captain feels the ship shudder as it takes hits amidships.

CAPTAIN OF THE NEVADA We're not gonna make it -- and if we go down here we block the channel... Beach her, there!

His officers relay the order to the helm, and the ship's rudder turns as more blasts rip her hull.

EXT. PEARL HARBOR - DAY

The Nevada swings off its course and runs aground.

INT. THE NEVADA'S DYNAMO ROOM - DAY

The impact jolts the boilers, already bursting with the steam pressure; gouts of steam from rupturing pipes scalds and blinds the engine room crew.

EXT. THE NEVADA - DAY

The Nevada, run aground at the shoreline, is now like a beast cut from the herd; the predators swarm after it with torpedoes and bombs.

One torpedo, missing the Nevada, skims right up the beach itself and blasts a house on the shore to fragments.

Bombs detonate along the Nevada, engulfing the entire upper deck in flames, ravaging the sailors.

EXT. HOSPITAL - DAY

The Nevada is grounded near the hospital; from the doorway Evelyn can see the whole ship on fire, burning sailors leaping off the decks. Her hearing, her presence of mind, returns; she lets Betty go, and grabs an ORDERLY.

EVELYN Go to the base hardware store and get some of those canister spray things they use for killing bugs.

ORDERLY Insecticide?...

EVELYN No, just the sprayers. We'll fill them with tannic acid, it'll sterilize them and cool the burns! GO!

The orderly races away. They can still hear the bombs falling outside.

A sailor staggers toward the hospital from the Nevada. He is completely gray. Everyone stares at him, and then realizes he is nude, burned gray, his skin ash.

Evelyn rushes to help him, shouting back over her shoulder to the other nurses --

EVELYN We're gonna need every bed. If they can breathe, make 'em get up and move someplace else!

EXT. JAPANESE CARRIER - FLIGHT DECK - DAY

The first wave of planes lands on the carrier. The flight leader rushes to the bridge.

INT. JAPANESE CARRIER - BRIDGE - DAY

Yamamoto's advisors are exultant.

GENDA We have achieved complete surprise! The first wave is returning, the second is attacking now, and we have lost only a few planes. We can launch a third wave, Admiral.

YAMAMOTO The second wave has not returned. And we have no idea where their carriers are. What is the damage report?

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER We have Commander Fuchida on the radio now, Admiral.

Yamamoto nods and Fuchida's voice comes over the intercom.

FUCHIDA'S VOICE I am over the harbor now...

EXT. SKIES ABOVE PEARL HARBOR - DAY

Fuchida is in a scout plane, high over Pearl. His vision is hampered by the thick black smoke, but he can tell there has been awesome devastation. He uses a diagram of the ships at anchor to note the damage to each ship.

FUCHIDA (into radio) We have a tremendous victory. Many ships damaged, some totally destroyed. But the Second Wave's attack is being hindered by the smoke.

INT. WAR ROOM OF THE AKAGI - DAY

YAMAMOTO The more we attack, the harder it is to find targets. And we no longer have surprise.

GENDA If we launch the third wave and annihilate their fuel depots, we destroy their ability to operate in the Pacific for at least a year!

YAMAMOTO And if we fail, and lose our carriers, we destroy our ability to fight them at all. (beat) As soon as the second wave returns, we will withdraw.

EXT. JAPANESE CARRIER AKAGI - DAY

The last planes touch down, and the lead carrier and the other ships in the Japanese assault fleet turn back toward home.

EXT. PEARL HARBOR - AFTERMATH - DAY

The harbor is a place of shattered bodies and shattered ships. Blood, body parts, debris everywhere, and all of it made more hellish by the oil fires on the water and the choking black smoke those fires produce.

Every survivor has become an emergency fireman, stretcher bearer, medic, iron worker. They fish men from the water, extract them from the tangled wreckage of the ships. Everyone is screaming and yelling -- the wounded for help, the helpers for more help.

Local firemen and civilians battle heroically too; the water mains are ruptured, so they put pump water from the base swimming pool toward the burning ships.

The PHOTOGRAPHER records this with his black-and-white film camera. He is shaken, and yet he understands the magnitude of what he is recording -- the loss of America's innocence.

EXT. ARMY BASE - AFTERMATH - DAY

In one place, outside a barracks, soldiers hit by the bombs are just becoming conscious. One of them comes to.

CONSCIOUS SOLDIER Sarge?! Where are you, Sarge?

He's crawling around toward the bushes; his legs are shattered, but he's spotted a body. He reaches it, turns it over -- and it's headless.

He turns away in horror...and finds himself staring at the severed head.

The medics appear.

MEDIC We've got two more over here!

EXT. GENERAL SHORT'S OFFICE - DAY

The Western Union messenger, Tadao Fuchikami, delivers the telegram from Washington.

INT. GENERAL SHORT'S OFFICE - DAY

Short and his staff are assessing damage.

SHORT I want lookouts and sentries everywhere, with orders to shoot first and ask questions later.

COLONEL You think an invasion possible, General?

SHORT After this morning, we better not consider anything impossible.

An aide hands Short the telegram. He reads it --

SHORT From Washington. "Intelligence reports an ultimatum from Japan to be given precisely at one p.m. Washington time. Just what significance the hour set may have we do not know, but be on alert accordingly."

The irony is bitter in his throat.

EXT. JAPANESE EMBASSY - OAHU - DAY

The Honolulu police roar up to the embassy in squad cars, and burst through the doors.

INT. JAPANESE EMBASSY - OAHU - DAY

The police storm through the embassy and find the Japanese there burning documents.

EXT. PEARL HARBOR - AFTERMATH - DAY

Divers are going down, trying to save the trapped men. But the tangle of the Arizona is horrific. One diver gets trapped, and another tries to extricate him, and the steel shifts and falls on them both.

ON THE DECK OF BOMB-SHATTERED BATTLESHIP, a naval CAPTAIN oversees rescue efforts. The 17-year-old sailor he sent off for ammo now approaches him, with great concern.

SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD SAILOR Sir, I...I lost the dinghy.

The captain looks out over the wreckage, great battleships devastated in every direction.

CAPTAIN Well, son, we won't worry about the dinghy today.

EXT. HOSPITAL - PEARL HARBOR - NIGHT

Danny and Rafe arrive at the hospital. Their fears of what they might find aren't helped when they see the stairs into the hospital covered in blood.

INT. HOSPITAL - PEARL HARBOR - NIGHT

Rafe and Danny enter. It's a scene from hell. Doctors are doing amputations in the hallway. The once-pristine hospital is now all red, with blood dripping through the mattresses, onto the floor...

In the main ward, Evelyn and the other nurses are using the fly sprayers to spritz cooling antiseptic on the charred bodies. Evelyn looks up and sees both Rafe and Danny. Her eyes register relief, but they are the only part of her that can show emotion now; the rest of her is covered in blood. Rafe and Danny move to her.

RAFE How can we help?

INT. HOSPITAL - PEARL HARBOR - NIGHT

Rafe and Danny sit quietly as Evelyn adjusts the tubes conducting blood from their arms into sterilized Coke bottles for transfusion.

RAFE What else can we do?

EVELYN There's nothing you can do here, they'll die or they won't, we just --

She stops, afraid if she says more, she'll lose grip on her emotions. She can see the wreckage out in the harbor.

EVELYN There was a sailor, a black man on the West Virginia, named Dorie Miller. I'd like to know if he's alive.

She goes back to her work.

EXT. PEARL HARBOR - DAY

Rafe and Danny hop from the ambulance in which they've hitched a ride to the harbor. They see the awful devastation.

EXT. PEARL HARBOR - NIGHT

Rafe and Danny reach the West Virginia's pier, but in the darkness, they can't find anything. They stop a NAVAL OFFICER.

DANNY Where is the West Virginia?

OFFICER There.

He points; the battleship has sunk, its superstructure barely showing above the water.

It looks hopeless to find a single sailor here; but then they see a powerful black sailor, pulling to the dock with a dinghy full of dead men retrieved from the water. As workers unload the bodies, the black sailor sits down, exhausted physically and emotionally, his head in his hands. Rafe and Danny approach him.

DANNY We're looking for Dorie Miller.

DORIE That's me, Sir.

RAFE A friend of ours wanted to be sure you're alive. Evelyn. A nurse.

DORIE How is she?

DANNY Like we all are.

Miller nods, and looks out over the harbor, a hellish place where black smoke still hangs over everything, the shattered remains of men and ships still in the harbor. It's total devastation. And yet something about that scene stirs something else in Dorie Miller.

DORIE There's something out there I need to get. Will you help me?

EXT. PEARL HARBOR - AFTERMATH - NIGHT

Dorie pilots the dinghy through the floating debris. Rafe and Danny sit with him. He stops over a dangerous pile of superstructure wreckage.

DORIE The Arizona. Hold the dinghy steady, so it doesn't bust open.

Rafe and Danny brace the dinghy so it doesn't move; but they still don't see what Dorie is after as he fishes down in the water, for something barely at the surface; he works for a moment, then pulls it up.

It's the oil-soaked flag of the Arizona.

EXT. HULL OF OKLAHOMA - NIGHT

Men are working through the night to save the sailors trapped in the hull.

INT. OKLAHOMA - THE TRAPPED SAILORS

are in total darkness. From it we hear GASPING, then --

SAILOR What's that?

The light comes on and sweeps around the faces. The water is up to their chests, but it's stopped rising.

SAILOR FLASHLIGHT Just hand on. They'll find us.

SAILOR How do you know?

SAILOR FLASHLIGHT Because we would find them.

He switches the light off again.

EXT. HULL OF OKLAHOMA - NIGHT

The welders are cutting away, the torches sending showers of sparks everywhere.

INT. OKLAHOMA - THE TRAPPED SAILORS

They are gasping, running out of air.

SAILOR FLASHLIGHT Breathe easy. Stay calm.

SAILOR You hear something?

Something stirs in the ship; a noise...from where? Then a point of light; sparks fly into the room; somebody's cutting through the wall. And the sparks illuminate faces suddenly filled with hope.

But as the cut enlarges, the trapped air, compressed by the water, starts rushing out -- and the water starts rising again. The trapped sailors hope turns to terror.

SAILOR It's letting out air, and letting in water!

The steel circle pops out, and they knock the welders down in their hurry to escape.

Some of the sailors who were trapped are naked. They fight their way toward the escape hole cut into the hull, assisted by rescue workers.

EXT. HULL OF OKLAHOMA - NIGHT

The trapped sailors emerge, and they can barely take in the devastation. Destroyed ships everywhere, the smoking wreckage... The rescued sailors gaze around them in shock. They are shivering, and other sailors put blankets around them.

EXT. WHITE HOUSE - DAY

The entire Washington press corps is waiting, with fresh bulbs in the flash attachments of cameras that are already as big as a shoe box. The President is wheeled out of the White House, and not a single photographer takes a picture...not yet.

Aides help Roosevelt from the chair, and the press people all see the President struggle on legs that have no strength, to the podium. His aides lock the steel clasps at the knees of his braces into place, and the President stands at the microphone. And suddenly, from the front, Roosevelt looks powerful, even majestic.

Now all the bulbs pop and flash. He looks into the cameras.

ROOSEVELT Yesterday, December 7, 1941 -- a date which will live in infamy -- the United States of American was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

OVER THIS, we see the bombing, the aftermath, the bodies being fished from the oil-soaked harbor.

ROOSEVELT The distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attacks was planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN - DAY

The Japanese fleet steams back toward Japan. The young officers are exultant...but Yamamoto is pensive.

ROOSEVELT ...I regret to tell you that many American lives have been lost.

EXT. PEARL HARBOR - DAY

We see rows of bodies outside the hospital where Evelyn works.

The mess hall has been converted to a silent morgue, with bodies on every table.

ROOSEVELT Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya. Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong... Guam...

OVER THIS, EXT. ISLANDS - NIGHT

We see Japanese planes bombing islands, and soldiers attacking amphibious landings.

ROOSEVELT ...the Philippine Islands... Wake Island... And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

EXT. WHITE HOUSE - DAY

ROOSEVELT The facts speak for themselves. With confidence in our armed forces -- with the unbounding determination of our people -- we will gain the inevitable triumph -- so help us God. I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7, 1941, a state of war --

The words echoes out across America --

ROOSEVELT'S VOICE War...war...war...

It rings through the radios of farm houses, to country boys gathered round; in the pool halls of big cities; in the fire houses and high schools...

THE LINES AT RECRUITING STATIONS all across America -- men line up faster than the recruiters can handle them.

INT. WHITE HOUSE - DAY

Roosevelt meets with his advisors.

ROOSEVELT Gentlemen, the crisis we face is not the fact that our enemies believe they can defeat us -- it's the fact that our people believe it too. I want a plan -- a workable plan -- to hit the heart of Japan, to bomb them the way they have bombed us.

ADMIRAL Mr. President, Pearl Harbor caught us because we didn't face facts. This isn't a time for ignoring them again. There are no planes in the entire American arsenal capable of covering the distance to Japan from any land base we control while carrying enough bombs to do any damage whatsoever.

GENERAL MARSHALL He's right, Mr. President. The Army has long range bombers, but no place to launch them from. Midway's too far, China is overrun by Japanese forces, and Russia refuses to go to war with Japan and won't allow us to launch a raid from there.

ADMIRAL The navy's planes are small, carry light loads, and have short range. We would have to get them within a few hundred miles of Japan, and therefore risk our carriers. And if we lose our carriers, we have no shield against invasion.

ROOSEVELT What if the Japanese did invade?

GENERAL MARSHALL We've done studies. We're confident we would turn them back eventually...after they'd gotten as far as Chicago.

ADMIRAL Mr. President...with all respect...what you are asking can't be done.

Roosevelt places his hands on the arms of his wheelchair, and struggles to lift himself. Aides jump to help him, but he waves them off. With inhuman physical effort, that has his neck veins bulging and sweat popping on his face, Roosevelt stands on his withered legs.

ROOSEVELT Do not tell me...it can't be done.

EXT. PEARL HARBOR - HICKAM BASE - DAY

There is a mass memorial service going on, with caskets draped in flags.

There are also coffins covered in Japanese flags, their drowned fliers being treated now with respect.

Everyone is in their best uniforms. The pilots -- Rafe, Danny, and the other guys -- are looking at Billy's coffin; Evelyn, next to Danny, on his appropriate side is looking at one that belongs to Betty. So is Red; he's grieving.

MINISTER ...Where is God in this? Our enemies believe a divine wind protects them. We see our friends laid out before us, and find it hard to believe in anything at all.

Rafe and Evelyn exchange a glance, past Danny.

MINISTER Though we cannot understand why our friends should die while we live, we can affirm our truest selves in our belief that any God worth divinity would choose both justice and mercy, and would take these fallen brothers and sisters into eternal peace. Amen.

As the mourners disperse, Evelyn puts a lei on Betty's casket; Red does the same, then breaks down beside Danny. As Danny comforts him, Evelyn moves to Rafe.

EVELYN Rafe --

RAFE I need to tell you something. I didn't know what it was to lose somebody, to see death and find how much it scares you. That you haven't lived and loved enough. I didn't understand. Forgive me.

EVELYN Rafe... No. You forgive me.

RAFE Of course I forgive you. I know what you feel for Danny is real. And your choice is your choice.

EVELYN That's what I have to tell you, Rafe. It wasn't a choice. It --

An Army Corps MAJOR steps up and interrupts.

MAJOR Lieutenant Rafe McCawley?

RAFE Yes, Major.

MAJOR Lieutenant Daniel Walker here too?

Danny sees him and moves up.

DANNY I'm Walker.

MAJOR You're going Stateside. We fly out in half an hour.

He hands them both orders.

RAFE What for, Sir?

MAJOR Ask Colonel Doolittle. Those orders are from him.

EXT. HICKAM FIELD - DAY

The wrecked planes have been pushed off the runway and lie in piles. A transport plane is fueling, and Rafe and Danny wait in the shade of a shelter.

DANNY I told her not to come.

The Major, watching the fueling, gets a wave from the ground crew and turns and motions to Rafe and Danny that they're ready. They pick up their duffel bags -- and then Evelyn comes around the corner of the shelter.

Rafe sees her first, but stops and looks away as Danny moves to her. For a moment he studies her eyes, and she does not look away.

DANNY This hasn't been easy for any of us. I feel awful for how it's happened. But I've seen my first spring too. Thanks for knowing that's true.

He takes her into his arms, kisses her tenderly but briefly, a final time. Evelyn's eyes find Rafe, but he can't look at her until the embrace is over.

Rafe and Danny move to the plane and hurry up the steps. They turn before the door closes and wave to her.

Evelyn's still standing there as the plane lifts away.

INT. U.S. MILITARY INSTALLATION - NIGHT

The transport has landed and taxied right to the door of a low, dark bunker, mostly underground. The Major leads Rafe and Danny inside.

INT. BUNKER

Rafe and Danny follow the Major down a spartan corridor; the whole place reeks of secrecy.

INT. BUNKER - SECRECY ROOM - NIGHT

The Major opens the door for Rafe and Danny, then leaves, closing it behind him. Doolittle is alone at a desk. Rafe and Danny walk in and salute. Doolittle motions to the two chairs in front of the desk without looking up from the papers he's studying.

DOOLITTLE I heard what you did.

RAFE We can explain, Colonel.

DOOLITTLE Explain what?

DANNY Whatever is was you heard about us.

DOOLITTLE You mean the hula shirts you were flying in?... Or the six planes you shot down? You're both being awarded the Silver Star, and promoted to captain.

RAFE Is that the good new, Sir, or --

DOOLITTLE You're just about the only pilots in the Army with actual combat experience, so you're volunteering for a mission I've been ordered to put together. Do you know what top secret is?

RAFE Well sure, Colonel --

DOOLITTLE Top secret means you help me pick the other pilots, train, and go -- without knowing where you're going until it's too late.

DANNY You can count on us.

DOOLITTLE There's only one other thing I can tell you.

Doolittle looks up from his paperwork for the first time. His eyes are fierce.

DOOLITTLE You won't need any goddamn hula shirts.

EXT. ESTABLISHING EGLIN FIELD, FLORIDA - DAY

Eglin Field is on the gulf coast of Florida.

INT. BRIEFING ROOM - EGLIN FIELD - DAY

A room full of PILOTS are assembled, with and other CREWMEN. Danny and Rafe are there; Red and Anthony too.

VOICE Attention!

Colonel Doolittle strides into the room as all the men snap to attention.

DOOLITTLE Be seated. The mission you've volunteered for is dangerous. How dangerous? Look at the man beside you. It's a good bet that six weeks from now, either you or he will be dead.

Danny and Rafe whisper to each other --

DANNY Sorry you're gonna die -- cause I'm gonna make it.

RAFE What color flowers you want me to bring to your funeral?

DOOLITTLE In flight school you qualified in single and in multi-engine planes. You'll be flying multi-engines here.

RAFE (whispering) Bombers.

DOOLITTLE I want to introduce a couple of people. Doc White is a flight surgeon; he has volunteered for gunnery training so that he can go on the mission, because we can't spare the weight of an extra man.

DANNY (whispering) A long range bomber mission.

DOOLITTLE ...And Ross Greening, who will oversee your equipment. Any questions?

DANNY Who'll be the first one in, Colonel? I'd like to volunt --

Rafe elbows his ribs so hard it takes his breath away.

DOOLITTLE I thought I'd made it clear, I'm not just putting this mission together -- I'm leading it myself.

RAFE I take it back, about the flowers. We're all gonna die.

EXT. EGLIN FIELD - RUNWAY - DAY

CLOSE - A B-25 bomber, from different angles.

The pilots look them over, liking what they see.

DOOLITTLE This is what we'll fly -- the B-25. There's one thing you have to be aware of from the very beginning. You see that private?

They look down the runway a few hundred feet. A private waves, and starts painting a red line across the runway. Another private, close by, paints a green line.

DOOLITTLE Green means go. Red means dead.

MONTAGE - THE TRAINING - EGLIN FIELD - DAY

The pilots practice takeoff's. Red is Rafe's copilot; Anthony is Danny's. Nobody can get airborne before the red line.

INT. EGLIN FIELD - LECTURE ROOM - DAY

Doolittle is instructing the men.

DOOLITTLE You're having trouble getting airborne in the shorter space because you're not revving the engines enough. You've got to push them to the limit before you ever start to move.

Rafe is distracted; he's lost in though, looking at Danny -- and looks away just before Danny realizes it.

MONTAGE CONTINUES - EXT. EGLIN FIELD RUNWAY - DAY

Pilots practice hard, revving the engines, taking off hard...all of them crossing the red line, takeoff after takeoff. Rafe pushes his engine hard and still crosses by twenty feet; Danny pushes even harder, and misses by ten feet.

Doolittle watches with Greening from the edge of the runway.

DOOLITTLE We've got to get the weight down.

INT. HANGER - EGLIN FIELD - DAY

Greening has removed the intensely complex Norden sight from a bomber and put in on a table for Doolittle.

GREENING Okay, forty pounds gone. And in it's place, this.

He shows Doolittle an aluminum strip on a swivel.

GREENING Weight, 3 ounces. Cost, 20 cents.

DOOLITTLE Does it work?

EXT. EGLIN FIELD - DAY

Doolittle pilots a B-25 at treetop level onto a practice bombing range. Greening uses the makeshift sight, and drops a 500-lb sack of flour, right in the middle of the bull's-eye target chalked on the ground.

EXT. FLORIDA COAST - DAY

The B-25's are practicing, flying at treetop level. Red is Rafe's copilot, Anthony is Danny's. Doolittle is flying the lead bomber.

DOOLITTLE Right down to the treetops. Low as you can.

Rafe brings his plane down, smoothly. Then Danny's plane appears -- under him. Rafe jerks his nose up quickly. Rafe's angry; Danny's laughing -- but he scares the shit out of his crew.

EXT. EGLIN FIELD - NIGHT

Danny's outside, looking up at the moon. Rafe appears and moves up beside him.

DANNY Fun today. Like old times.

RAFE Danny, what the hell are you trying to do out there?

DANNY What do you mean? I'm just doing what we've always done.

RAFE No. You're trying to beat me.

DANNY We've always tried to beat each other.

RAFE Bullshit. We've played with each other, pushed each other. This is different. Like you want to prove that you're better than me. Who's that for -- Evelyn?

Danny's anger flares for a moment -- but Rafe's hit home.

DANNY Maybe just trying to measure up.

RAFE What's between you and her is between you and her. But here's what's between you and me. Everybody has a hero, Danny. And you're mine.

Danny's caught off-guard.

RAFE When we were growing up, I had everything. You had nothing. You climbed out of a hole I couldn't even see the bottom of. I think maybe when I went off to England, I was trying to measure up to you. Measuring up's over. Let's just look out for each other. Okay?

They embrace, closer now than ever.

MONTAGE - INTERCUT

with the planes practicing their short takeoffs, we see Roosevelt in one of his fireside chats, his voice broadcast across America...

ROOSEVELT'S VOICE Good evening, America...

Families all across America are gathered around radios, listening.

ROOSEVELT'S VOICE I'm told that 80% of American families are listening to these fireside chats of ours, and I'm happy we can come together, as one great American family. I'd like each of you within the sound of my voice to find a map...

The FAMILIES do, gathering around encyclopedias, school books, any reference they have, spread on kitchen tables, suburban living room rugs, or farmhouse hearths...

And the B-25's, all sixteen of them, begin a journey in formation, flying at treetop level across America: Mississippi delta land, Texas plains, Arizona mesas...

ROOSEVELT'S VOICE Look at the Pacific Ocean. It covers half the surface of the earth. And look at the great Atlantic. The oceans both divide and connect us to our enemies, and either they will come to us, or we will go to them...

The formation of B-25's reaches San Francisco.

EXT. SAN FRANCISCO NAVAL AIR STATION - DAY

Doolittle leads the bombers to a landing. IN RAFE'S PLANE, everybody's wondering why they're here.

RED N-naval station? What's g-going on?

RAFE Wish I knew, Red.

EXT. SAN FRANCISCO AIR FIELD - DAY

The crews climb from their planes, and almost before they're out, teams of men use straps and cranes to hoist the bombers onto flatbed trucks. Doolittle walks up to Rafe and Danny, watching the baffling operation.

DOOLITTLE Want to see where they're going?

EXT. SAN FRANCISCO HARBOR - EVENING

Cranes lift the planes from the trucks and hoist them onto the flight decks of the carrier USS HORNET. The pilots stand on the pier, watching.

ANTHONY I guess that settles it. Somewhere in the Pacific.

RED With a s-short r-runway.

They all gather around Doolittle as he moves up to them.

DOOLITTLE You have rooms at the Biltmore. I suggest a nice meal and a good night's sleep. We leave tomorrow.

Doolittle walks to join a captain.

INT./ EXT. SAN FRANCISCO HOTEL - NIGHT

The pilots get off the bus and carry their duffels into the lobby.

ANTHONY San Francisco, here we are!

DANNY (grinning) I don't reckon we can get hogbrains and grits, but I hear a man can eat good in this town.

RAFE I'm gonna turn in. I hate being on the water. I think this is the last sleep I'll get for awhile.

INT. LOBBY - NIGHT

The other guys drop their duffels with the bell hops; Rafe moves to the reception desk.

RAFE McCawley.

The manager hands him a key, and smiles curiously.

MANAGER Have fun.

INT. HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

Rafe enters his room and finds the light on...and Evelyn's there waiting.

RAFE What?...

EVELYN They were bringing back a ship full of wounded and needed extra nurses along. I wrote Colonel Doolittle, and told him I needed to see you before you go.

RAFE It must of been a convincing letter.

EVELYN It was. I couldn't have you go away, wherever it is...to war...without knowing something. You think I made a choice, of Danny over you. I didn't. I didn't have a choice. I'm pregnant.

The blood drains from Rafe's heart. Yet he finds the strength to move to her. She turns away, so she won't throw her arms around him.

RAFE Does Danny know?

She shakes her head, refuses to cry.

EVELYN I wasn't sure, until the day you turned up alive. I never had a chance to tell him. Now I can't have him thinking about this when he needs to be thinking about his mission, and how to come back from it.

She turns and faces him again.

EVELYN I want you thinking about that too. Just come back. (beat) Rafe, I see it in your face. You're thinking you don't have anything to live for. Don't you dare think that way. I'll never write a letter, or look at a sunset, without thinking of you. I'll love you my whole life. And I want you to live.

She looks at him, her eyes bright with tears, but still she refuses to cry. They both know they can't touch, or they'll never let go. She walks past him, out of the room, closing the door softly behind her.

EXT. SAN FRANCISCO HARBOR - DAY

The USS HORNET clears the Golden Gate Bridge, with cruisers and destroyers rounding out its battle group.

Rafe and Danny stand on the flight deck, watching the city recede behind them.

Evelyn is on a hilltop watching them go. Danny can't see her, doesn't know she's there. Rafe can't see her either -- but he knows.

SHIP'S INTERCOM Army pilots to the briefing room.

INT. THE CARRIER HORNET - BRIEFING ROOM - DAY

The pilots are gathered expectantly in the carrier's conference room. Doolittle strides in.

DOOLITTLE Gentlemen, I can now tell you that the target of this mission is Tokyo.

The pilots love it. The ones who have not seen battle are grinning and vocal. Rafe, Danny, Anthony, and Red are quieter, savoring the prospect of revenge.

RED And where's the secret base, Sir? The one we t-takeoff from.

DOOLITTLE The navy will get us to within 400 miles of the Japanese coast. We'll launch off the carriers from there.

Suddenly the pilots don't like the sound of this.

ANTHONY Sir, has this ever been done, launching an army bomber off a navy carrier?

DOOLITTLE No. Any other questions?

RED C-Colonel, we been p-practicing takeoff's, but I ain't sure we can land on these carriers d-decks.

DOOLITTLE We won't have the fuel to get back to the carriers; they'll turn and run back to Hawaii the minute we're airborne.

RED Then wh-where do we land?

DOOLITTLE I have a phrase I want you all to memorize: "Lushu hoo megwa fugi." It means "I am an American." In Chinese.

Absolute silence among the pilots.

EXT. FLIGHT DECK OF THE HORNET - DAY

The sailors who man the flight deck look at each other with bafflement as the worried pilots pace from one end of the deck to the other. They're in a line like ducks, Rafe in the lead and the others following, counting steps, each man measuring the distance. Shaking their heads, worrying.

They stop at the end and look down at the sea far below them; it's dizzying. Anthony shoves Red for fun before grabbing his shoulder to stop him from falling.

RED A-a-asshole!... Maybe it's l-longer going this way.

He starts pacing back the other way, as if the ship's longer in that direction. The other pilots watch him for a moment, then follow him, counting again.

Rafe and Danny are left standing alone at the end of the flight deck. Far over the surging sea.

DANNY It's shorter than our practice runway.

RAFE They'll turn the ship into the wind before we launch. That'll help.

DANNY We'll be loaded with 2,000 pounds of bombs and 1,500 pounds of fuel. I got another Chinese phrase for Doolittle. "Mug wump rickshaw mushu pork." It means "Who the fuck thought up this shit?"

Doolittle appears right beside them.

DOOLITTLE He was a navy man.

Doolittle walks away.

RAFE Maybe we'll be lucky with the weather.

SMASH TO:

EXT. PACIFIC - A FEROCIOUS STORM - NIGHT

The Hornet tosses, bashed by a vicious storm.

INT. CARRIER HORNET - BRIEFING ROOM - DAY

The ships is rolling; most of the fliers are green. Doolittle stands at the podium.

DOOLITTLE Since we'll be on our own once we're in the air, I thought I had a good idea letting each crew select it's own target.

He looks at a pile of paper slips in front of him.

DOOLITTLE Now we have fifteen requests for the Emperor's Palace...and one for Tokyo baseball stadium.

RED I d-don't think Japs ought'a be allowed to p-play baseball.

DOOLITTLE I'd like to bomb their Emperor too. But I think that'd just piss 'em off. The idea here, Gentlemen, is not revenge. We're here to prove to them that they're neither invincible nor superior. So let's try this again. Military targets only.

RED Colonel, to f-fight you need strategy. To have strategy, ya gotta practice. And to practice it, ya gotta play --

DOOLITTLE No baseball diamonds, Red.

RED Y-Yes Sir.

EXT. PACIFIC - DAY

The storm is subsiding, but it's still raining. From the bridge of the Hornet, they spot the ENTERPRISE.

ADMIRAL The Enterprise will ride shotgun when we launch the bombers. They wanted our carriers at Pearl, and now we've come to them. If the Japanese get us, they'll be having dinner in San Francisco next month.

EXT. FLIGHT DECK - THE HORNET - DAY

The preparations begin. Deck crews move the B-25's to the rear of the flight deck. Fueling teams top off the bomber's gas tanks. Ordnance men hoist four bombs into each aircraft, and the army gunners load ammunition for the machine guns. Greening checks the planes' mechanical and hydraulic systems.

And once again the pilots are out pacing the deck distance. It's turned into a game for them, walking off nerves. As Rafe and Danny pass.

RAFE It's not getting any longer.

DANNY Longer? It's getting shorter.

INT. HORNET - BRIEFING ROOM - DAY

Doolittle is laying out the plan for all the pilots.

DOOLITTLE We'll take off late this afternoon. I'll hit Tokyo at dusk, and drop incendiary bombs. You'll come after me at night, guided by the fires. Then it's on to China, where you'll arrive at dawn, guided to their airfields by the homing beacons the Chinese are going to switch on for us. That's if everything is perfect -- like every other military mission I've ever been involved with.

Doolittle looks around the room. No one's smiling.

DOOLITTLE Listen you guys. I'm the first plane -- then McCawley, Walker, the rest of you. I'll have the shortest run. If I don't make it, you don't go.

RAFE Colonel...we're all going. Whether you make it or not.

DOOLITTLE I know.

EXT. BRIDGE OF THE CRUISER NASHVILLE - DAY

The cruiser Nashville is at the perimeter of the task force. It's lookouts spot Japanese patrol boats ahead.

INT. BRIDGE OF THE ENTERPRISE - DAY

The message is handed to Admiral Halsey.

OFFICER Sir, lookouts on the cruisers report patrol boats, ten miles away!

HALSEY The Japs have set up a picket line! Order the cruisers to open fire! We've got to sink them before they get a message away.

EXT. PACIFIC - DAY

The cruiser NASHVILLE begins firing rounds at the Japanese patrol boat; round after round misses.

INT. HORNET'S RADIO ROOM - DAY

The operators hear the excited voices of Japanese radio traffic.

RADIO OPERATOR They've reported our position! Tell the Admiral.

EXT. HORNET - DAY

Doolittle hurries up to the command bridge, with the naval officers sent by the Admiral to fetch him. Doolittle sees the cruisers next to the carrier firing its guns -- at Japanese boats in the distance.

INT. BRIDGE OF THE HORNET - DAY

Doolittle finds the Admiral gathered with his staff, their mood is grim.

DOOLITTLE How far are we from Tokyo?

ADMIRAL Seven hundred miles.

INT. PILOT'S WARD ROOMS - SERIES OF DISSOLVES

Rafe, Danny, and the other pilots are alone at their bunks, taking advantage of the lull before the mission.

Rafe has paper and pen to write a letter, but he can't think of anything to write.

Danny holds the "Picture of Paradise" that Sammy took, of Evelyn and the nurses in the sun. He tucks it inside his shirt, when he hears --

LOUDSPEAKER Army pilots, man your planes!

EXT. FLIGHT DECK - THE HORNET - DAY

The pilots run onto deck. The cruiser next to the Hornet is still firing away at the Japanese patrol boat.

Doolittle runs onto deck, shouting orders.

DOOLITTLE Load in every bit of extra gas you can carry! And strip everything you don't need out of the planes. I mean EVERYTHING!

EXT. HORNET - FLIGHT DECK - STRIPPING THE PLANES - DAY

It's starting to rain but the guys don't notice at all. They're stripping seats out of the planes, tossing out their own gear.

Greening pulls the machine guns out of the rear of the planes and puts in broomsticks painted black.

Off in the distance the Japanese patrol boat takes a hit and explodes. Rafe and Danny meet between their bombers.

DANNY Broomsticks instead of tail guns.

RAFE We'll get separated over the target, but you and I will rendezvous for the run to China. I'm on your wing.

DANNY And I'm on yours. Land of the free.

RAFE Home of the Brave.

They climb into their bombers.

EXT. HORNET - FLIGHT DECK - DAY

The engines are revving. The tachs are showing redline. The crews are in their planes. Doolittle is first, just ahead of Rafe and Danny's B-25's.

The battle pennants whip, the props blur, the wheels strain against the brakes; from the cockpits the flight deck looks impossibly short...and the American flag cracks in the wind.

And now every pilot looks at Doolittle's plane...

Doolittle starts the run down the flight deck...faster...the end looming. He turns the plane almost vertical, standing it on its props...and lifts away smoothly.

The sailors on deck cheer, like the Japanese did before Pearl Harbor.

Rafe, Danny, and the others take off too.

EXT. SKIMMING OVER THE WAVES - DAY

The B-25's head toward Japan.

EXT. PACIFIC - THE AMERICAN TASK FORCE - DAY

Admiral Halsey, on the deck of the ENTERPRISE, watches as the last plane takes off. The planes recede in the distance, racing just a few feet over the water, toward Japan.

HALSEY Of all the other things this mission is doing that have never been done before... I've never sent out planes that I wasn't going to see safely home. Let's get out of here.

The task force runs for home.

EXT. SKIMMING OVER THE WAVES - DAY

At first the planes are together; Rafe and Danny can see each other off each other's wing, and Doolittle's plane is ahead. The others are grouped after them. They maintain strict radio silence, and can communicate only with gestures, hand signals, or a flasher for Morse code. When Rafe speaks to the crew of his own plane, it's by pressing an intercom sender to his throat.

RAFE What's our ETA for Tokyo?

The bombardier/navigator is already working out the numbers at his plotting table in the center of the plane.

NAVIGATOR Almost exactly at 12 noon.

RED High n-noon. I k-kinda like that.

Rafe looks over to Danny and gives him a thumbs up.

INT. DANNY'S PLANE - DAY

Danny calls back to his GUNNER, who is watching the fuel supply.

DANNY We got a 25-mile-an-hour head wind. How we doing with fuel?

GUNNER How do you think?

The gunner is already pouring gas into the tanks from the extra cans.

Anthony stands and moves back to the rear of the plane, pulls a piece of chalk from his pocket and writes on the nose of the bombs -- "For America," "For Pearl Harbor," "For the Arizona," "For Billy."

-- Rafe flies, lost in thought...

-- Evelyn is back at Pearl, struggling to keep her mind on her work.

-- Danny is looking at his gauges, then at the picture in his shirt.

EXT. TOKYO - VARIOUS SHOTS - DAY

It's a pleasant day, and the people of Tokyo are in a confident, happy mood. They're shopping, smiling, enjoying beautiful spring weather. The Emperor is on the garden of his palace having lunch.

EXT. SKIMMING OVER THE WAVES - DAY

The American planes are coming.

INT. DOOLITTLE'S PLANE - DAY

He and his navigator confer.

DOOLITTLE'S NAVIGATOR Time for the others to break off.

His copilot uses the flashes to signal the other planes. They break off for their individual targets, every plane now on it's own.

INT. JAPANESE AIR DEFENSE STATION - DAY

This is the nerve center of Tokyo's defense. An OFFICER receives a message and reports to his supervisor.

JAPANESE DEFENSE OFFICER Coastal stations report a low flying plane coming in off the sea.

SUPERVISOR From the sea?... That couldn't be right, it must be part of the air raid practice this morning.

EXT. SKIMMING OVER THE WAVES - DAY

The planes reach the Japanese coastline, and start skimming over treetop level.

EXT. TOKYO - DAY

The office of an anti-aircraft battery blows its whistle; his crew mount their guns and swerves them around. The officer whistle's again and checks his watch.

ANTI-AIRCRAFT OFFICER Not bad.

The crew dismount their guns; just a drill.

EXT. TOKYO - VARIOUS SHOTS - DAY

The Japanese people are unaware of the drill. People are browsing through open-air shops, where new radios are turned on, playing music. And Tokyo Rose is talking -- in English and Japanese.

TOKYO ROSE (ON THE RADIO) It is another beautiful day in Tokyo, as all of Japan basks in a new day of victory.

INT. THE PLANES - DAY

Coma, Danny's navigator, picks this up.

COMA Listen to this -- it's Tokyo Rose.

TOKYO ROSE (ON THE RADIO) Our brave sailors and soldiers, inspired by our divine Emperor, have pushed the Americans from the Pacific.

These words go through the plane; and in the other planes they hear it too.

TOKYO ROSE (ON THE RADIO) But hiding at home will not save them. Each time the Americans have tasted the samurai spirit, they have learned the bitter taste of defeat, while Japan is embraced by the divine wind that has protected our island for seven centuries.

EXT. TOKYO - DAY

The planes reach Tokyo, and flash across the rooftops.

INT. DANNY'S PLANE - DAY

ANTHONY We'll give that bitch something to announce.

Danny and Rafe give each other a wave, and divert toward their separate targets. Each plane is on its own now.

EXT. TOKYO - DAY

Doolittle's plane flashes right over the Emperor's palace. The Emperor sits in the garden, meditating.

EXT. TOKYO - VARIOUS SHOTS - DAY

Mothers walking their children see the planes flash by overhead, and like the people at Pearl, they think they are friendlies. A toddler points up and smiles. His mother picks him up and hugs him happily.

JAPANESE MOTHER Yes! So beautiful!

INT. THE PLANES - DAY

Rafe's bombardier works his 20-cent bombsight, as Rafe holds the plane steady, bringing it up to 200 feet.

They scan for fighter or anti-aircraft fire. There isn't any.

RAFE Open bomb bay doors.

DANNY'S PLANE runs toward its target...

DOOLITTLE'S PLANE races over Tokyo...

GUNNER Bomb bay doors open, sir.

RAFE It's all yours.

The bombardier hits the first switch. The bomb falls toward a factory.

It strikes home, right on target. The blast is shocking -- it blows debris higher than the plane.

EXT. TOKYO - THE BOMBING - VARIOUS SHOTS

The individual planes drop their bombs, four per plane, on shipyards, factories, oil supplies, weapons facilities. Their bombing is highly accurate.

On the ground, at the open-air market, for a brief moment Radio Tokyo goes silent; then --

TOKYO ROSE (ON THE RADIO) We interrupt this broadcast... Tokyo is being bombed!

EXT. THE EMPEROR'S PALACE - DAY

The Emperor looks up at the sound of air raid sirens and distant explosions.

EMPEROR'S ATTENDANT Surely just a drill, Divine One.

INT. RAFE'S PLANE - DAY

NAVIGATOR Last bomb away.

It slams into a factory, blowing debris everywhere and turning the factory into an inferno.

Rafe's tail gunner sees Zeros swarming in with vengeance.

GUNNER We got Zeros! And they're pissed off!

Rafe changes course quickly.

INT. DANNY'S PLANE - DAY

Anti-aircraft FLAK bursts in the sky in front of them; Danny takes evasive action.

INT. RAFE'S PLANE - ABOVE TOKYO - DAY

Rafe pushes the engines to top speed and changes course again; but the B-25's can't outrun the Zeros. Their fire chews into the bomber's tail, hitting the gunner. Red scrambles back to find the gunner dead.

RAFE Can you get 'em off us?

Red reacting to bullets coming through the rear of the fuselage, looks at the brooms protruding from the rear of the plane.

RED Whatta ya want me to do, sweep 'em!

As the bombardier, navigator, and Red jump onto the other machine guns, Rafe looks for a way out. He dives down toward the city. The Zeros follow.

EXT. SKIES OVER TOKYO - DAY

Rafe takes the B-25 right down among the buildings, sometimes even having to spin the wings to get through. The Zeros can't keep up with this...

But Rafe can't keep it up long, either; they break out into open ground rail yards, where there's no place for him to hide...

The Zeros come in to chew him up...

But they take fire from another B-25 -- Danny's -- coming in to save Rafe's plane. Rafe now uses the radio.

RAFE Danny, get the hell out of here!

But Danny stays, mixing it up with the Zeros; with both B-25's together, their machine guns down one Zero and damage another. But there are too many.

Rafe sees clouds coming in, and fog.

RAFE Danny, run for the clouds!

The bombers race toward the clouds, and make it; the Zeros lose them.

EXT. SKIES - BROKEN CLOUDS - DAY

Rafe and Danny keep broken contact through the clouds, and settle in for the long run to China.

INT. RAFE'S COCKPIT - DAY

RAFE We burned a lot of fuel back there. Flash them and ask about their supply.

INT. DANNY'S PLANE - DAY

Anthony reads the Morse code.

ANTHONY "How's your fuel?"

Danny looks across to Rafe and shakes his head.

INT. ROOSEVELT'S RESIDENCE - HYDE PARK, NY - DAY

Roosevelt is at his desk when General Marshall enters.

GENERAL MARSHALL We have bombed Tokyo, Mr. President. Radio Tokyo interrupted it's own broadcast to make the announcement.

ROOSEVELT Have the planes made it to China?

GENERAL MARSHALL There've been some complications, Sir. The Chinese didn't receive our request for homing beacons until is was too late to get them set. And the planes had to take off so early they may lack fuel to make the mainland anyway.

ROOSEVELT So those brave men are flying blind and running out of fuel.

GENERAL MARSHALL The Chinese are sending out search parties to try to find the crews before the Jap patrols do, if any of the planes make it.

ROOSEVELT God help them.

EXT. SEA OF JAPAN - DUSK

They've climbed above the clouds; the fliers are exhausted.

The sun is beginning to set. Rafe stares at it...

INT. HOSPITAL - PEARL HARBOR - DUSK

The place is white again -- the white of bandages and casts. Everyone is busy, and even the wounded are looking out for each other; a man with his arms in an airplane splint holds a spoon and feeds a badly burned buddy. Evelyn and her overworked nurses are looking after the critical cases. But as she covers the windows with blackout curtains, she stops for just a moment to stare at the sun's last rays.

EXT. SKIES OVER PACIFIC - NIGHT

Colonel Doolittle can make out mountains below them.

DOOLITTLE We'll fly till we run out of fuel, then bail out.

Just then his engines start to sputter.

DOOLITTLE Chute!

He puts the plane on auto-pilot and the men move to the hatches. Three guys go out; it's just Doolittle and his copilot left.

DOOLITTLE Nobody else is gonna make it either. If I live through this, they're gonna put me in Leavenworth Prison.

They jump.

INT. DANNY'S PLANE - NIGHT

Coma moves up to Danny.

COMA We're running out of fuel. And I can't find the beacon.

Danny gestures across to Rafe that he hears nothing in his radio phones. Rafe gestures the same thing back.

They look down and the entire ground is covered with clouds.

RAFE I don't know if we're over sea or land. Drop flares and try to spot something.

EXT. SKIES OVER PACIFIC - NIGHT

They drop flares; they disappear into the cloud cover and tell them nothing.

EXT. SKIES - RAFE AND DANNY'S PLANE - NIGHT

Danny's engines are sputtering; his gunner pours the last drops of gas into the tanks.

DANNY Flash Rafe. We're gonna bail.

Red sees Anthony signal.

RED They've gotta jump.

RAFE Not unless we know he's over land!

Rafe yells at Danny, as if he could hear --

RAFE You are not bailing out into water!

RAFE'S NAVIGATOR Coastline below!

Through a break in the clouds they spot a rocky shoreline.

RAFE We've got coast! Signal him to climb and jump.

Red signals; Danny's plane signals back.

RED They don't have fuel to make altitude. He's gonna set it down in the water.

Rafe looks over at Danny, who is gesturing; he gives up on the hand signals and grabs the flasher; Red reads the Morse code...

RED Y-O-U... G-O. You go on.

Rafe grabs the flasher and angrily flashes back two letters.

RAFE N-O! We stay together! I'll go in first.

Rafe turns his bomber and Danny follows, their planes arcing down toward the rocky coast; it's hairy, the clouds masking their view, as the altimeter winds down... At the last moment they see rocks looming out of the surf.

INT. RAFE'S PLANE - NIGHT

He's shouting to his crew --

RAFE Hang on tight! I'll put her in the smooth water and we'll swim in!

INT. DANNY'S PLANE - NIGHT

His engines are sputtering, catching, sputtering; he fights to stay in control.

EXT. CHINA COAST - NIGHT

Rafe's plane settles down toward the water; he guns the engine to level out, and the plane skims across the surface; then the propellers catch and the plane stops like it hit a wall, flipping over it's nose.

DANNY'S PLANE is struggling; when he tries to add throttle, the engines sputter out. The plane drops, skips once on the surface, then hits a shoreline rock belly first.

Danny and Anthony are ejected through the top of the fuselage; Coma is hurled forward right through the glass nose of the plane.

INT. RAFE'S PLANE - NIGHT

Rafe and Red come to in the plane inverted and sinking. They react, unbuckling, grabbing for their crewmates as the plane is quickly filling. The navigator and gunner are unconscious; the bombardier is dead. Red struggles with the hatch and can't make it budge.

RAFE It won't open til the plane fills!

They struggle to breath as the water envelops them. But as the water reaches the top, Rafe takes a last breath and dives to the hatch; it comes open, and they swim up, dragging the rest of the crew.

EXT. CHINA COAST - NIGHT

They break the surface, and struggle to shore with the unconscious navigator and gunner.

Rafe's looking everywhere; he sees Danny's plane crashed against the rock. He fights his way through the surf to Danny's plane, Red following.

Rafe finds Danny face up in the water.

Red finds Anthony on the rock. He's face up, but as Red lifts him he finds the back of Anthony's head is gone.

The rest of Danny's crew are floating in the surf, dead. Rafe and Red pull Danny to shore.

RAFE Danny! DANNY!

Danny's eyes flutter open; he sees Rafe and mumbles --

DANNY I've made better landings.

Danny's hand gropes to his throat; Rafe finds a V shaped shard of the fuselage hooked into his neck.

Rafe grabs it, trying to bend it open; the sharp metal cuts his hands, but he keeps straining. It won't work, He pulls his .45 from his jacket and tries to pry the metal. It works a bit; he tosses the pistol aside and grabs the shard again, and opens it.

RAFE You hang on, Danny! You hang on! You're gonna make it!

Rafe's head snaps forward, crunched with the butt of a rifle; a Japanese patrol, four men, have arrived. They're angry, scared, hyped. They knock Red down too, yelling and brandishing their rifles at the fliers on the beach, living and dead.

The Japanese officer is barking orders. They find the Captain's insignia on Danny's jacket, and begin binding him to a yoke, his wrists tied to the wood like a crucifixion, a wire around his neck. They find the navigator unconscious, but alive. The officer snaps a single word and a soldier shoots the navigator.

The others wire Rafe's ankles together... Rafe is emotionless.

RAFE'S CONSCIOUSNESS fades in and out. He hears Danny choking, and his mind sees Danny as a boy those long years ago, being carried by the neck across the field by his father...

Then Rafe sees THE PRESENT: Danny being half-carried, half- dragged by the neck by two Japanese. The officer is pulling Red along, hands bound behind him. And Rafe starts moving, being dragged on his back, pulled by his feet along the rocky sand.

His hand slides by the pistol he tossed behind the rock.

The whole world slows down.

He clutches it, shoots one of the men towing Danny. And as the man dragging Rafe turns around, Rafe shoots him in the face.

The officer spins, raising his rifle; the soldier pulling Red, shoves him onto his face in the sand and aims his rifle too. The officer is pulling the trigger to kill Rafe when Danny slams him down from behind.

The fourth soldier shoots Danny in the gut, then takes aim for Rafe's heart -- and is shot through the chest from behind.

The Japanese officers rises in surprise and is cut down by scythes carried by the Chinese peasant soldiers who are just arriving.

Rafe struggles to Danny, moving the Chinese aside. Danny lies on his back, clutching his wound as if to hold onto his life.

RAFE Danny...

DANNY I can't make it.

RAFE Yes you can.

But Danny is silent, his eyes drifting shut, and in that moment Rafe thinks he is gone already. Then Danny's eyes drift open, finding him.

DANNY Take care of Evelyn.

The words almost kill Rafe, filling him with grief. From somewhere he finds the strength to say --

RAFE I will. And your baby. (beat) You're gonna be a father.

Did Danny hear? His eyes are closed again. But his head comes up; Rafe takes it, and Danny pulls him closer to whisper --

DANNY No. You are.

Rafe cradles Danny in his arms. Danny's eyes are open, but Rafe sees no light there.

RAFE Danny... Land of the free... Land of the free...

But Danny will never answer him again. Rafe hugs Danny tight, and weeps.

EXT. VARIOUS SHOTS - DAY

The news of the raid hits Washington...and the rest of America. If it isn't wild celebration; when people see the headline: AIR RAID ON TOKYO, and DOOLITTLE DOES MUCH; their faces change, as if finally told what they already knew -- that America would prevail.

VOICE OVER The Doolittle Raid was the pivotal moment of America's war with Japan. Before it, America knew nothing but defeat; after it, nothing but victory. (beat) One crew of Doolittle's raiders made it to Vladivostok, Russia, where they were interred for much of the war. Thirteen planes crash landed in China, where the Chinese people helped the Americans escape, and had their villages destroyed and citizens executed by the Japanese forces of occupation. Two crews were captured by the Japanese and three fliers were executed without trial, called "war criminals" by the Japanese. Jimmy Doolittle was promoted to General, and given the medal of honor.

We see the ceremony at the White House, as Roosevelt presents Doolittle with the metal.

EXT. TENNESSEE - DAY

Out by the crop dusting landing field is a memorial to Danny Walker, with an American flag flying high above it. Standing at the memorial are Rafe and Evelyn. Rafe holds a child in his arms, a boy, named Danny.

FADE OUT.

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