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1941 (1979)

 -  Action | Comedy | War  -  14 December 1979 (USA)
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Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor.

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Cast

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Ward Douglas
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Joan Douglas
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Claude Crumn
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Capt. Wolfgang von Kleinschmidt
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Cmdr. Akiro Mitamura (as Toshiro Mifune)
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Cpl. Chuck 'Stretch' Sitarski
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Lucille Benson ...
Gas Mama (Eloise) (as Lucille Bensen)
Jordan Brian ...
Macey Douglas
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Storyline

Hysteria grips California in the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. An assorted group of defenders attempt to make the coast defensible against an imagined Japanese invasion, in this big budget, big cast comedy. Members of a Japanese submarine crew scout out the madness, along with a Captain in Germany's Kreigsmarine (Navy). Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Paranoia meets pandemonium. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 December 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Night the Japs Attacked  »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 5,051,675 (Sweden)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

(35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Dan Aykroyd's American feature film debut. See more »

Goofs

In the Ferris Wheel scene, Claude Crumn is seeing shooting at the Japanese with a Remington 700, which wasn't introduced until 1962. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title Card: On December 7, 1941, the Naval Air Arm of the Imperial Japanese Fleet, in a surprise attack, struck the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor and hurtled an unsuspecting America into World War II.
Title Card: American citizens were stunned, shocked and outraged at this treacherous attack. On the West Coast, paranoia gripped the entire population as panic-stricken citizens were convinced that California was the next target of the Imperial Japanese Forces.
Title Card: Major General Joseph W. Stilwell, ...
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Crazy Credits

End credits feature scenes showing cast members screaming. See more »

Connections

Features Dumbo (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

In the Mood
(uncredited)
Music by Joe Garland and Andy Razaf
Performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
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User Reviews

 
This movie is ridiculously bad!
23 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I grew up on Spielberg flicks, love his style ET, Jaws, Close Encounters, Jurrassic Park, etc.

Just saw this movie for the first time. I was completely shocked at how bad it was.

The storyline, the characters, the whole thing is just BAD. I was bored out of my mind.

No redeeming qualities, unbelievable amounts of money spent on NOTHING.

Not funny.

Speillberg blew it big time on this one.

It was cool to see all the old, 80's comedians when John Candy & Belushi were still alive.

You are not missing anything here


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