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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Lucille Benson ...
Gas Mama (Eloise) (as Lucille Bensen)
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Macey Douglas
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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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A Comedy Spectacular! 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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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

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

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The fight/riot scene music set to same fight scene music as The Quiet Man (1952) starring John Wayne who turned down the role of General Stilwell. See more »

Goofs

The wire guiding the torpedo can be seen. 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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End credits feature scenes showing cast members screaming. See more »

Connections

References The Courtship of Andy Hardy (1942) See more »

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I'll Be Home for Christmas
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Written by Kim Gannon, Walter Kent and Buck Ram
Performed by Bing Crosby
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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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