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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

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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

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| (director's cut)

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(35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Landis:  plays the dirt-covered soldier whose motorcycle is stolen in front of the movie theater. See more »

Goofs

In the final scene, when Cpl. Sitarsky and Maxine get out of the car, they are handcuffed together. The next time they are shown, the handcuffs are gone. See more »

Quotes

Captain Wild Bill Kelso: War nerves? Who said war nerves?
The Patron: I heard it on that radio there.
[Kelso shoots the radio]
Captain Wild Bill Kelso: Radio's wrong.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Spoofs Jaws (1975) 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

 
Slapstick Hysteria
3 August 2001 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

Teasing the audience with an opening spoof of Jaws, Spielberg's star studded cast -- from Christopher Lee and Toshiro Mifune to Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi -- take on the post-Pearl Harbor Attack hysteria of California.

The slapstick is classic. The story is entertaining. The whole experience is simply F-U-N. Nothing more to be said.

Spielberg surrounds himself with some favorites: actor Murray Hamilton, composer John Williams, and Frank Marshall as his second unit director.


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