Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor.

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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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As They Roared Into Battle, Only One Thing Was Missing...The Enemy! See more »

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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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$35,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The coastal start sequence location is the same as the location in The Goonies (1985), which was co-written and executive produced by Spielberg. It's where they look through the stone and match up the rocks whilst looking for the treasure. See more »

Goofs

Ward loads a 4 round clip in the 40 mm anti aircraft gun. He then fires one round. Yet, before firing again, he loads another 4 round clip. 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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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Indiana Jones: Making the Trilogy (2003) See more »

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In the Mood
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Written by Wingy Manone, Andy Razaf and Joe Garland
Performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
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8 November 2002 | by (Tuscola, IL) – See all my reviews

Those who can't find humor in "1941" need to loosen up. This is one of the few movies I have ever purchased for my own personal collection. The Ferris wheel scene alone is an all-time classic. This is the type of picture that is fun to watch after a hard day at work. Open up a beer and enjoy.


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