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
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The advance teaser trailer, with John Belushi as "Wild" Wayne Kelso, was an original production in its own part. Directed by John Milius with an original score by John Williams and featuring thematic materials that differed from the score of the actual motion picture. The score for the advance teaser is featured on the LaLaLand Records 1941 extended score two CD set. See more »
When Ned Beatty crashes the cannon into the house, to get a better shot at the Japanese submarine, Bing Crosby can be heard singing, "I'll be Home for Christmas", which was recorded October 4, 1943. 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, ...
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End credits feature scenes showing cast members screaming. See more »
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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