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1941 (1979)

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

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Cmdr. Akiro Mitamura (as Toshiro Mifune)
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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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Paranoia meets pandemonium. See more »

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Action | Comedy | War

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PG | See all certifications »

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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)

Opening Weekend:

$2,701,898 (USA) (16 December 1979)

Gross:

$31,755,742 (USA)
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(35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)| (Todd-AO)

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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The dialog between Claude and Herbie was written along the same lines as Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton's interaction in The Honeymooners (1955). Jackie Gleason and Art Carney were offered the roles, but Gleason refused, saying he would not and could not work with Carney any longer. However, Gleason and Carney re-teamed one last time for Izzy & Moe (1985). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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[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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Spoofs The Quiet Man (1952) See more »

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Written by Wingy Manone, Andy Razaf and Joe Garland
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And I Saw it on opening day...
6 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I vividly recall the (packed) audience's reaction at the end of 1941: eerie stunned silence... then some guy yelled "what the hell WAS that?" and laughter erupted. I'm a huge Spielberg fan, but 1941 is just wretched excess. It's loud, destructive, unfunny and plot less (it's strictly situational). It's also a bit painful to watch all the now deceased wasted talent (Murray Hamilton, Lionel Stander, Wendy Jo Sperber, Belushi, The great Slim Pickens, Toshiro Mifune, Samuel Fuller, Bob Stack & others...). The film's uncredited cameos are strange (Penny Marshall? James Caan? Lenny & Squiggy from Penny's series??? C'mon...) This was a monumental waste of time, talent & piles of money. (1) unfunny star/10.


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