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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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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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Paranoia meets pandemonium. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | War

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PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 December 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Night the Japs Attacked  »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)
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| (director's cut) | (TV)

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(35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)| (Todd-AO)

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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Like real movies of the early 1940s, the director planned for a card at the end urging the audience to "Buy War Bonds at This Theater." See more »

Goofs

"Wild Bill" Kelso's leather jacket has patches on the right front pocket indicating that he has shot down three German and three Japanese planes. Given that the war had only been declared a few days before the time when the movie was set, it would not have been possible for him to go into combat against both the Germans and the Japanese in that period of time. 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

Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012) See more »

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Over There
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Written by George M. Cohan
Performed by Slim Pickens
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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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