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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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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)
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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>

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A Comedy Spectacular!

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Action | Comedy | War

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Release Date:

14 December 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Night the Japs Attacked  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 5,051,675 (Sweden)
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(35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)

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(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

To create the flash of explosions in the distant background, A.D. Flowers estimated that he used between 50,000 and 75,000 flashbulbs during the production. See more »

Goofs

While Betty and Sitarsky are rolling around underneath the truck, her skirt is very dirty. The next time you see her, it's cleaner. When we see her walking away from the incident in tears, her skirt is completely clean. Then Wally scoops her up onto the tank, and her skirt is dirty again. When Betty is shown at her house the morning, after the attack by the Japanese sub, her entire outfit is completely clean. See more »

Quotes

Donna Stratton: You get me up in that plane, then we'll talk about forward thrust.
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End credits feature scenes showing cast members screaming. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Pearl Harbor (2001) See more »

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Swing, Swing, Swing
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Music by Johnny Mandel
Musician: clarinet solo Abe Most
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User Reviews

 
best comedy i've seen in a long time
18 January 2003 | by (near SF, California) – See all my reviews

I'll keep this short; read msa0510's review for a more in-depth review. The best part in this movie is Slim Pickens. Just thinking about his scenes makes me start laughing again.

It was nice having the "Making of 1941" on the dvd and seeing the remarks by Spielberg; I knew this movie had been panned by the critics but I hadn't known that it was popular in Europe. I can't understand why we Americans don't find it funny; it's hysterically funny to me.

It's a perfect 10 in my book; so few comedies these days are so over-the-top funny as this movie is.


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