Before the film was released, Spielberg appeared on a radio program with critic Pauline Kael. During a commercial break, Kael and Speilberg were discussing 1941, and Kael told him that he was not going to get off easy with the critics after the massive success, critically and commercially, of his last two films. Kael warned him that they were ready to attack him without mercy if the movie fell even slightly below expectations. Ironically, Kael would be one of the few critics to give a positive review to the movie when it was released. See more
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.
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.
Major General Joseph W. Stilwell, ...