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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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Gas Mama (Eloise) (as Lucille Bensen)
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Macey Douglas
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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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Action | Comedy | War

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14 December 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Night the Japs Attacked  »

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$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

The film is dedicated to the memory of Charlsie Bryant, a longtime script supervisor at Universal Studios. She had served in that capacity on both Jaws (1975) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), and would have reprised those duties with this film had she not unexpectedly died. See more »

Goofs

When Kelso fires his machine guns while on the ground, the canopy on his plane is open, then closed, then we see him close it again. 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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Soundtracks

When I See an Elephant Fly
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Music by Oliver Wallace
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Performed by Cliff Edwards, Jim Carmichael and the Hall Johnson Choir
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And I Saw it on opening day...
6 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I vividly recall the (packed) audience's reaction at the end of 1941: eerie stunned silence... then some guy yelled "what the hell WAS that?" and laughter erupted. I'm a huge Spielberg fan, but 1941 is just wretched excess. It's loud, destructive, unfunny and plot less (it's strictly situational). It's also a bit painful to watch all the now deceased wasted talent (Murray Hamilton, Lionel Stander, Wendy Jo Sperber, Belushi, The great Slim Pickens, Toshiro Mifune, Samuel Fuller, Bob Stack & others...). The film's uncredited cameos are strange (Penny Marshall? James Caan? Lenny & Squiggy from Penny's series??? C'mon...) This was a monumental waste of time, talent & piles of money. (1) unfunny star/10.


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