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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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:

A Comedy Spectacular!

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

This was regarded as such a failure in the US that when the advance teaser trailer for Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) was made, it listed all of Steven Spielberg's previous films except this one. See more »

Goofs

In the USO scene, Wendie Jo Sperber's character is wearing pantyhose, which were invented in 1959. See more »

Quotes

Donna Stratton: [smiling mischievously, Donna takes off her hat and lets her hair down, staring at Loomis intently, who is transfixed on flying the plane] This thing handles pretty well, even if it's not a B-17. But...
[moves over to him, unbuckles his front belt]
Donna Stratton: does it have much *range*, Loomis?
Captain Loomis Birkhead: [too tightly focused on flying the plane] Huh?
Donna Stratton: [caressing his face] I mean, do you think it'll stay *up* for a long time?
[starts sucking on his ear, feels up his chest]
Captain Loomis Birkhead: [still too tightly focused on flying the plane] ...
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Martin Sheen/David Bowie (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

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

 
I love this movie! CLASSIC!
18 December 2001 | by (Oregon) – See all my reviews

I love this movie! It's fantastic!! I don't get why it has bad ratings? Makes no sense it's fabulous! I love everything about it, characters, music, plot,special effects, everything! It's a classic! Give it a chance


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