In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free.
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
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This movie was initially set up at MGM, where John Milius had a production deal. It wound up at Columbia Pictures, because Steven Spielberg did not want to work at MGM. Besides, he made Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) for Columbia Pictures, and wanted to make another movie there. Spielberg got Universal to co-produce, because he wanted to fulfill a contractual obligation with the studio. See more »
When Sgt. Tree introduces himself to Ward Douglas he identifies his unit as the 10th Armored Division. This unit was not activated until July 1942, seven months after the events depicted in the film. See more »
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.
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.
Major General Joseph W. Stilwell, ...
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End credits feature scenes showing cast members screaming. See more »
There is one single difference in music between the 6-channel and 4-channel/mono mixes, according to expanded soundtrack liner notes: the cue "The Sub Commander", about a minute long. The biggest change between the two is that in the standard version, there are four uses of timpani near the end, but in the alternate version used on the 70mm 6-channel release, there is no timpani on the third of the four spots. On home video, the standard appears on the theatrical edition Blu-ray, while the alternate is found on extended edition DVD and Blu-ray as well as the music-only extended track on DVD. See more »
i can't believe some of the comments on this movie. did someone really think this was supposed to be an accurate portrayal of wwii california? IT'S A COMEDY! and a good one. i agree that the christmas tree scene shouldn't have been cut, but then again maybe spielberg didn't want to undermine the gritty realism that some reviewers were looking for. p.s. - by far it's mickey rourke's best role.
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