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1941 (1979)

PG  |   |  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 overview, first billed only:
Ward Douglas
Joan Douglas
Claude Crumn
Capt. Wolfgang von Kleinschmidt
Cmdr. Akiro Mitamura (as Toshiro Mifune)
Cpl. Chuck 'Stretch' Sitarski
Lucille Benson ...
Gas Mama (Eloise) (as Lucille Bensen)
Jordan Brian ...
Macey Douglas


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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Release Date:

14 December 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Night the Japs Attacked  »

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Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 5,051,675 (Sweden)

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| (director's cut) | (TV)

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(35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Writer and director Samuel Fuller (The Big Red One) plays the role of Interceptor Commander in this movie. Two other actors in this movie ( Perry Lang and Bobby DiCicco) also star in The Big Red One. See more »


In several scenes, the sway braces for the P-40's center hard point have been removed. In others, the braces are present. See more »


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


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Notable for one thing...
31 October 2002 | by (MN) – See all my reviews

1941 is the only comedy movie I've ever seen that was utterly and completely devoid of humor of any type. Jaws was much funnier than this movie. Carrot Top is funnier than this movie. Staring at a pile of sand is funnier than this movie. I sat stonefaced, completely numb while the noise and crashing images cascaded down upon me. The effect was weird, like watching the last episode of Seinfeld. A dentist could have removed my wisdom teeth without anesthetic and I would not have felt a thing.

Stupefyingly awful.

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