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Disney to bow pic at Pearl

Film to debut on deck of USS Stennis May 21

HONOLULU — The real Pearl Harbor will host the premiere of Disney’s “Pearl Harbor” when the film debuts May 21 on the deck of the USS John C. Stennis, a nuclear aircraft carrier. More than 2,000 guests, including the film’s stars and survivors of the attack on Dec. 7, 1941, are expected to attend.

The $135 million Jerry Bruckheimer production lensed at Pearl Harbor, Schofield Barracks and other Oahu military installations, with assistance from the Pentagon.

The Hawaii press junket will take place May 18-20 on the John C. Stennis’ flight deck, which is 1,092 feet long and 257 feet wide.

Directing the premiere is Barnett Ricci, who choreographed the dance routines at Disneyland’s Main Street Electrical Parade; producing is Kevin Frawley. A Hawaii choir of about 80 members will perform, as will a Navy group called the Sea Chanters.

The screen Disney will construct on the Stennis’ deck is one of the world’s largest, exceeding the size of the one Disney used in Central Park for its “Pocahontas” preem.

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