For four nights during the upcoming Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary, war buffs AND movie buffs will find the opportunity to indulge. As part of the week-long commemoration, Waikiki Beach will play host to FOUR war-related films.

Here’s a look at which films will be featured and a bit of information about each:

1. “Run Silent, Run Deep”: 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Waikiki Outdoor Theater

This 1958 American black-and-white film starring Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster is based around a World War II submarine warfare story in the Pacific Ocean, and an obsession with a Japanese destroyer that has sunk three U.S. submarines in the Bungo Straits. This movie deals with themes of vengeance, endurance, courage, loyalty, and honor and how these can be tested during wartime. The film also features Jack Warden as well as the film debut of Don Rickles. Films were unrated prior to 1968 and may include suggestive and disturbing content and language. Parents are urged to determine whether this film is appropriate for preteens and children.

Program and festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Waikiki Beach (Diamond Head end of Kalakaua Avenue) with live entertainment, food and beverage concessions and much more. Movie times start at approximately 7:30 p.m.

2. “From Here to Eternity”: 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Waikiki Outdoor Theater

This 1953 drama, with eight Academy Awards deals with the tribulations of three U.S. Army soldiers played by Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra who were stationed in Hawaii in the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed portray the women in their lives and the supporting cast includes Ernest Borgnine, Jack Warden and more. “From Here to Eternity” was selected in 2002 for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

"Run Silent Run Deep" is a 1958 American black-and-white film starring Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster is based around a World War II submarine warfare story in the Pacific Ocean, and an obsession with a Japanese destroyer that has sunk three U.S. submarines in the Bungo Straits.

Films were unrated prior to 1968 and may include suggestive and disturbing content and language. Parents are urged to determine whether this film is appropriate for preteens and children.

The Gary Sinise & The Lt. Dan Band concert and festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Waikiki Beach (Diamond Head end of Kalakaua Avenue) with food and beverage concessions and much more. Movie begins at approximately 7:30 p.m.

  3. “Sands of Iwo Jima”: 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Waikiki Outdoor Theater

Starring John Wayne, this Academy Award-nominated 1949 war film portrays Wayne as the tough-as-nails career U.S. Marine Sergeant John Stryker, known for his rigorous combat troop training. The film follows a group of marines from training to the brutal Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II, but also depicts Sergeant Stryker’s softer side during a brief leave in Honolulu.

Films were unrated prior to 1968 and may include suggestive and disturbing content and language. Parents are urged to determine whether this film is appropriate for preteens and children.

Program and festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Waikiki Beach (Diamond Head end of Kalakaua Avenue) with live entertainment, food and beverage concessions and much more,. Movie times start at approximately 7:30 p.m.

4. “The Finest Hours”: 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Waikiki Outdoor Theater

On Feb. 18, 1952, a massive storm splits the SS Pendleton in two, trapping more than 30 sailors inside the tanker’s sinking stern. Engineer Ray Sybert bravely takes charge to organize a strategy for his fellow survivors. As word of the disaster reaches the Coast Guard in Chatham, Mass., Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff orders a daring rescue mission. Despite the ferocious weather, coxswain Bernie Webber takes three men on a lifeboat to try and save the crew against seemingly impossible odds. (Rated PG-13)

The film, "The Sands of Iwo Jima" follows a group of marines from training to the brutal Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II, but also depicts Sergeant Stryker’s softer side during a brief leave in Honolulu. Here, actual footage of Marines during the battle.

Program and festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Waikiki Beach (Diamond Head end of Kalakaua Avenue) with live entertainment, food and beverage concessions and much more. Movie times start at approximately 7:30 p.m.

If you plan to see any of these amazing films, consider leaving early for seating and parking. However, there’s good news for those of you staying in one of the many Waikiki hotels — you’ll likely be within walking distance of the beach where the films will be shown.

After a day of commemorations, celebrations, and ceremonies, you deserve the night-off during the upcoming Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary. So, spend it on the beach enjoying war-related films and relax!


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