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1941 (1979)

 -  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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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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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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A Comedy Spectacular!

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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

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 5,051,675 (Sweden)
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(35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

To create the flash of explosions in the distant background, A.D. Flowers estimated that he used between 50,000 and 75,000 flashbulbs during the production. See more »

Goofs

The P-40 flown by "Wild Bill" Kelso would not have had the shark tooth paint job on the plane. This was only used by the Flying Tigers in China and would not have been used on a plane stationed in the United States. See more »

Quotes

Raoul Lipschitz: I'd like to thank all the GI's for helping make tonight's evening such a... a memorable occasion. Maybe in the future we can have some Negroes come in and we'll stage a race riot... right here.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in 'Halloween' Unmasked 2000 (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Down by the Ohio
Music by Abe Olman (uncredited)
Lyrics by Jack Yellen (uncredited)
Performed by The Andrews Sisters
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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Slapstick Hysteria
3 August 2001 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

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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