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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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Gas Mama (Eloise) (as Lucille Bensen)
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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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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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(35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)| (Todd-AO)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original Robert Zemeckis-Bob Gale script was a black comedy entitled The Night the Japs Attacked. See more »

Goofs

As Wild Bill Kelso flies through the air in his plane, he softly sings "Deep in the Heart of Texas", which was not released until 1942. 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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Do movies get any worse?
12 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"1941" is known for being a flop, and Steven Spielberg's only significant black mark on his resume. At least, that used to be the reputation, since thanks to sites like IMDb even every film on the bottom 100 has its share of fans...And that is exactly where "1941" should be.

This film belongs in the EXACT same company with "Ishtar" and "Hudson Hawk". It is shrill, overproduced, and obnoxious in its arrogance that it is funny. But it is not. It is an overlong, bloated, worthless piece of trash. All the positive reviews on here actually make me angry! This is literally one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Every St. Patrick's day me and my friends have a party and watch all the Leprechaun films to date (up to 6 or 7 at this point I forget). Getting that deep down the pipeline with horror films about Leprechaun's would seem about as low as films can go. But no. Even low-budget trash can be enjoyable in a fun way. But this film is no fun. It is loud, in your face, and dares you to enjoy it. Well I don't.

There are good points, but they just make the rest of the 2hr 20 min film seem even more of a drag. You have better things to do with your life than watch this move. Stay far away, please!


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