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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Paranoia meets pandemonium. 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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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)
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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

Captain Loomis Birkhead (Tim Matheson) attempts to romance Donna Stratton (Nancy Allen). Matheson previously played Eric "Otter" Stratton in Animal House (1978). 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

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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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Connections

References Leave It to Beaver (1957) 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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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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