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

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Sgt. Frank Tree
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Ward Douglas
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Capt. Wild Bill Kelso
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Joan Douglas
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Claude Crumn
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Capt. Wolfgang von Kleinschmidt
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Capt. Loomis Birkhead
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Cmdr. Akiro Mitamura (as Toshiro Mifune)
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Col. 'Madman' Maddox
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Maj. Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell
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Cpl. Chuck 'Stretch' Sitarski
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Donna Stratton
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Gas Mama (Eloise) (as Lucille Bensen)
Jordan Brian ...
Macey Douglas
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Pvt. Foley
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The Patron (Dexter) (as Elisha Cook)
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Herbie Kazlminsky
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Wally Stephens
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Betty Douglas
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Dennis DeSoto
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Lydia Hedberg
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Pvt. DuBois
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Pvt. Ogden Johnson Jones
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Gus Douglas
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Hollis P. Wood
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Maxine Dexheimer
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Angelo Scioli
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Mr. Malcomb
Iggie Wolfington ...
Meyer Mishkin (as Ignatius Wolfington)
Christian Zika ...
Stevie Douglas
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Raoul Lipschitz (as Joseph P. Flaherty)
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Joe (as David Lander)
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Willy
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Polar Bear Woman
E. Hampton Beagle ...
Phone Man
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USO Girl
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Telephone Operator
Dave Cameron ...
Reporter
Vito Carenzo ...
Vito - Shore Patrol
Mark Carlton ...
Stilwell Aide
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Zoot Suiter (as Gary Cervantes)
Paul Cloud ...
Stilwell Aide
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Zoot Suiter
Carol Culver ...
Anderson Sister
Lucinda Dooling ...
Lucinda
Gray Frederickson ...
Lt. Bressler
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USO Goon
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Interceptor Commander (as Sam Fuller)
Marjorie Gaines ...
Anderson Sister
Dian Gallup ...
Twin
Denise Gallup ...
Twin
Trish Garland ...
Anderson Sister
Barbara Gannen ...
Interceptor Assistant
Brad Gorman ...
USO Nerd
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Map Man
Diane Hardin ...
Interceptor Assistant (as Diane Hill)
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Maddox's Soldier (as Bob Houston)
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USO Girl
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Mizerany
Mark Marias ...
Dept. Store Kid
John McKee ...
Reporter (as John R. McKee)
Ronnie McMillan ...
Winowski
Dan McNally ...
Reporter
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Officer Miller (as Richard Miller)
Akio Mitamura ...
Ashimoto
Antoinette Molinari ...
Mrs. Scioli
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Hinshaw
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Reese
Whitney Rydbeck ...
Daffy
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Kid Sailor
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USO Girl
Hiroshi Shimizu ...
Ito
Geno Silva ...
Martinez
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Reporter
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USO Girl
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Babyface
Jack Thibeau ...
Stilwell Aide
Galen Thompson ...
Stilwell Aide
Frankie Verroca ...
USO Nerd (as Frank Verroca)
John Voldstad ...
USO Nerd
Carol Ann Williams ...
USO Girl
Jenny Williams ...
USO Girl
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Sailor in Fight (uncredited)
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Swimming Girl (at U-boat periscope) (uncredited)
Sandra Gray ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Salesman (uncredited)
Mo Lauren ...
Girl in Dance Club (uncredited)
Farley Malorrus ...
Sgt. Murray, Army Air Corp. (uncredited)
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Miss Fitzroy (uncredited)
Steve Moriarty ...
Sailor in Dancehall Fight (uncredited)
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Officer at Meeting (uncredited)
Debbie Rothstein ...
USO Girl - Jitterbugger (uncredited)

Directed by

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Steven Spielberg

Written by

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Robert Zemeckis ... (screenplay) &
Bob Gale ... (screenplay)
 
Robert Zemeckis ... (story) &
Bob Gale ... (story) and
John Milius ... (story)

Produced by

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Buzz Feitshans ... producer
Janet Healy ... associate producer
Michael Kahn ... associate producer
John Milius ... executive producer

Music by

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John Williams

Cinematography by

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William A. Fraker ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Michael Kahn

Editorial Department

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Daniel T. Cahn ... assistant film editor (as Daniel Todd Cahn)
Bob McMillian ... color consultant (as Robert M. McMillian)
Randy Jon Morgan ... assistant editor (as Randy Morgan)

Casting By

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Sally Dennison

Production Design by

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Dean Edward Mitzner

Art Direction by

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William F. O'Brien

Set Decoration by

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John P. Austin ... (as John Austin)

Costume Design by

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Deborah Nadoolman

Makeup Department

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Susan Germaine ... hair styles creator
Jack Obringer ... assistant makeup artist
Dorothy J. Pearl ... assistant makeup artist (as Dottie Pearle)
Ellen Powell ... assistant hair stylist
Bob Westmoreland ... makeup supervisor

Production Management

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Charles Myers ... unit production manager (as Chuck Myers)
Herb Willis ... unit production manager
John G. Wilson ... executive in charge of production (as John Wilson)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Paul Moen ... additional second assistant director
Steve Perry ... first assistant director
Chris Soldo ... second assistant director
Bruce Solow ... additional second assistant director
Jerry Ziesmer ... first assistant director
Stanley E. Foster ... second unit: second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Henry Alberti ... set designer
Glen E. Bardlerar ... painter
Clyde Booten ... painter
Bernard Charron ... painter
Arnold Ciaralo ... paint foreman
Hillery Clinton ... painter
Ed Cornell ... painter
Ray Critzas ... lead man
Oscar Esquivel ... property staff
Louis S. Fleming ... property staff (as Lou Flemming)
Tom J. Furginson ... lead man (as Tom Furginson)
Daniel Gluck ... set designer (as Dan Gluck)
Sam Gordon ... property master (as Sammy Gordon)
Joe Griffith ... additional illustrator
James Hassinger ... additional set decorator (as Jim Hasinger)
George Jenson ... production illustrator (as George Jensen)
Joseph Karas ... construction foreman (as Joe Karras)
Dave Margolin ... signwriter
Teri Mensch ... painter
Michele Miller ... painter
Ted Mossman ... assistant property master
Gregory Pickrell ... set designer (as Greg Pickrell)
Virginia L. Randolph ... set designer
Sandra Renfroe ... swing gang (as Sandy Armstrong)
Carleton E. Reynolds ... set designer (as Carlton Reynolds)
William Ladd Skinner ... set designer (as William Skinner)
Wayne Smith ... painter
Doug Wilson ... key painter
Bill Wolford ... construction foreman
Mickey Woods ... construction coordinator
D.A. Zingelewicz ... painter (as D.J. Zingelewicz)
Edward Zingelewicz ... key painter
Louis Zamora ... labor foreman (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Bub Asman ... sound effects editorial staff
Alex Bamattre ... sound effects editorial staff
Fred J. Brown ... supervising sound effects editor
Shelley Brown ... sound effects assistant
Raul A. Bruce ... boom operator (as Raul Bruce)
Gene S. Cantamessa ... production sound mixer
Juno J. Ellis ... sound effects assistant
Robert Glass ... re-recording mixer
Lori Hollingshead ... sound effects assistant
Chris Jenkins ... re-recording mixer
Robert Knudson ... re-recording mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
Don MacDougall ... re-recording mixer
Edward L. Sandlin ... sound effects editorial staff
Michele Sharp ... sound effects editorial staff (as Michele Sharp Brown)
Fred Stafford ... sound effects editorial staff (as Freddie Stafford)
Caryl Wickman ... sound effects editorial staff
David Wolpa ... cable person
Ed Golya ... adr mixer (uncredited)
Brian L. McCarty ... boom operator (uncredited)
Jim Moore ... adr recordist (uncredited)
Lee Strosnider ... sound mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Arthur Arp ... special effects technician
Thomas Arp ... special effects technician
Wilbur Arp ... special effects technician
Eugene Crum ... special effects technician
Ken Estes ... special effects technician (as Kenneth Estes)
A.D. Flowers ... special effects creator
Logan Frazee ... special effects technician (as Logan R. Frazee)
Terry D. Frazee ... special effects technician (as Terry Frazee)
Steve Galich ... special effects technician
Marlin Jones ... special effects technician
Steve Lombardi ... special effects technician
Gary Monak ... special effects technician
Billy Myatt ... special effects technician (as Bill Myat)
Donald Myers ... special effects technician (as Don Myers)
Joe Zomar ... special effects technician
Frank Ceglia ... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Kevin Pike ... special effects technician (uncredited)
John Wagner ... grip: special effects department (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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L.B. Abbott ... optical consultant
Larry Albright ... special consultant
William Aldridge ... miniature rigging crew (as Bill Aldridge)
Michael Barrett ... miniature rigging crew
Ray Beetz ... miniature prop maker
Tom Cengr ... miniature prop maker
Michael Del Genio ... miniature prop maker
Anthony Doublin ... miniature prop maker
Ken Ebert ... miniature prop maker
Glenn Erickson ... miniature coordinator (as Glen Erickson)
Frances Evans ... miniature prop maker
Don Hathaway ... miniature rigging crew
David Heilman ... miniature prop maker
Tim Huchthausen ... miniature prop maker
Gregory Jein ... miniature supervisor
Robert L. Johnston ... miniature rigging crew (as Robert Johnston)
Sharon Lee ... miniature prop maker
Robin Dean Leyden ... miniature lighting designer (as Robin Leyden)
James F. Liles ... matte consultant (as Jim Liles)
Illyanna Lowry ... miniature prop maker
Michael McMillen ... miniature prop maker
David Peterson ... miniature rigging crew
Larry Robinson ... visual effects supervisor
Milius Romyn ... miniature prop maker
John Russell ... process technician
Nick Seldon ... miniature prop maker (as Nicholas Seldon)
Robert Short ... special consultant
Doyle Smiley ... miniature rigging crew
Richard Stutsman ... miniature rigging crew
Mitch Suskin ... miniature production assistant
Matt Sweeney ... miniature rigging crew
Ken Swenson ... assistant miniature supervisor
Susan Turner ... miniature prop maker
Brad Turpin ... miniature rigging crew
Frank Van der Veer ... blue screen consultant
Gary Weeks ... miniature prop maker
Robert E. Worthington ... miniature prop maker (as Robert Worthington)
Matthew Yuricich ... matte paintings (as Matt Yuricich)
Mike Myers ... miniature lighting designer (uncredited)

Stunts

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Terry Leonard ... stunt coordinator
Pete Antico ... stunts (uncredited)
Bruce Paul Barbour ... utility stunts (uncredited)
Gary Baxley ... stunts (uncredited)
May Boss ... stunts (uncredited)
Steve Boyum ... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Brutsche ... stunts (uncredited)
James Caan ... stunts (uncredited)
David S. Cass Sr. ... stunts (uncredited)
Steven Chambers ... stunts (uncredited)
Denise Cheshire ... stunts (uncredited)
Roydon Clark ... stunts (uncredited)
Danny Costa ... stunts (uncredited)
Vince Deadrick Jr. ... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Durock ... stunts (uncredited)
Bud Ekins ... stunts (uncredited)
Donna Ekins-Kapner ... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Elliott ... stunts (uncredited)
Eurlyne Epper ... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Epper ... stunts (uncredited)
Jeannie Epper ... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Epper ... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Epper ... stunts (uncredited)
John Escobar ... stunts (uncredited)
Debbie Evans ... stunt performer (uncredited)
Bobby Ferro ... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Gill ... stunts (uncredited)
Marguerite Happy ... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron ... stunts (uncredited)
Leslie Hoffman ... stunt double: Wendie Jo Sperber (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
Larry Holt ... stunts (uncredited)
Norman Howell ... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes ... stunts (uncredited)
Mike Johnson ... stunts (uncredited)
Kevin N. Johnston ... stunts (uncredited)
Al Jones ... stunts (uncredited)
Walt La Rue ... stunts (uncredited)
Mo Lauren ... stunt performer (uncredited)
Terry Leonard ... stunts (uncredited)
Denver Mattson ... stunts (uncredited)
Gary McLarty ... stunts (uncredited)
Joyce McNeal ... stunts (uncredited)
John Meier ... stunts (uncredited)
Jimmy Ortega ... stunts (uncredited)
Regina Parton ... stunts (uncredited)
Mary Peters ... stunts (uncredited)
Mario Roberts ... stunts (uncredited)
Walter Robles ... stunts (uncredited)
George Robotham ... stunts (uncredited)
Mic Rodgers ... stunts (uncredited)
Kerry Rossall ... stunts (uncredited)
Ray Saniger ... stunts (uncredited)
Rick Sawaya ... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Scheiwiller ... stunts (uncredited)
Ben Scott ... stunts (uncredited)
John-Clay Scott ... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Stone ... stunts (uncredited)
Keith Tellez ... stunts (uncredited)
R.L. Tolbert ... stunts (uncredited)
Rock A. Walker ... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Warlock ... stunts (uncredited)
Ted White ... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Yerkes ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Fredrick Albrecht ... grip
Bill Beam ... key grip: second unit
Gerald H. Boatright ... best boy (as Jerry Boatright)
Steve Bridge ... first assistant camera
Dick Colean ... camera operator
John Cucura ... electrician
Gary R. Dodd ... key grip (as Gary Dodd)
John Donnelly ... best boy
Donald Glenn ... grip (as Don Glenn)
Jack Kennedy ... best boy
Jan Koshay ... dolly grip
Bill Krattiger ... electrician
Donald M. Morgan ... camera operator: second unit
Ed Natividad ... assistant camera: second unit
Aaron Pazanti ... assistant camera: second unit
William L. Peets ... gaffer: second unit (as Bill Peets)
Doug Pentek ... gaffer
Thomas P. Powell ... rigging gaffer
Ed Reilly ... electrician (as Edward J. Reilly)
Tom Riffo ... electrician
Andy Romanoff ... crane operator: Louma crane
Charles W. Short ... camera operator: second unit
Peter Sorel ... still photographer
Steve Stafford ... assistant camera
Frank Stanley ... additional director of photography
Phil Stern ... still photographer
Ty Suehiro ... grip
Bill Sutton ... grip
Richard Turner ... second assistant camera
Ronald L. Vargas Jr. ... first assistant camera (as Ron Vargas)
Rand R. Vargas ... grip (as Randy Vargas)
John Wright ... electrician
Don Yamasaki ... electrician
Mike Chevalier ... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Frank Detone Jr. ... rigging grip (uncredited)
Adam Glick ... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Paul Jacobsen ... electrician (uncredited) / rigger (uncredited)
Robert D. McBride ... camera operator (uncredited)
Rexford L. Metz ... additional photography: second unit (uncredited)
Robert Seaman ... camera operator (uncredited)
Gary Stark ... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Richard Walden ... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Robert Buckingham ... atmosphere casting
Stanzi Stokes ... casting assistant (as Stanzi Foster)
Franklyn Warren ... extras casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Adrienne Childers ... costumer
Theresa Laursen ... assistant wardrobe: women (as Theresa T. Volpe)
Mina Mittelman ... wardrobe: women
Daniel Grant North ... costumer (as Dan North)
Jerry Sklar ... assistant wardrobe: men
Ed Wynigear ... wardrobe: men

Music Department

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Marion Klein ... orchestra manager
John Neal ... music scoring mixer
Herbert W. Spencer ... orchestrator (as Herbert Spencer)
Kenneth Wannberg ... music editor (as Ken Wannberg)
Louie Bellson ... musician: drums (uncredited)
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited) / oboe soloist (uncredited)
Alf Clausen ... music copyist (uncredited)
Harry V. Lojewski ... music supervisor (uncredited)
Abe Most ... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Emil Richards ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn (uncredited)
John Williams ... conductor (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Paul Casella Jr. ... transportation coordinator (as Paul Casella)
William Charles Hauer ... transportation captain (as Chuck Hauer)
William 'Scott' Pierson ... driver co-captain
Gina August ... driver (uncredited)
Chris Haynes ... driver (uncredited)
Mike Phillips ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Tim Bright ... production assistant (as Timothy Bright)
R. Anthony Brown ... production associate
Carol Sue Byron ... office staff (as Carol Byron)
Tom Camp ... pilot
Pat Carmen ... tank operator
Paul Casella Jr. ... production assistant (as Paul Martin Casella)
Paul De Rolf ... choreographer (as Paul de Rolf)
Matt Ford ... craft service
Steve Hinton ... pilot
Saul Kahan ... publicist
Kathleen Kennedy ... assistant: Mr. Milius
Marie Kenney ... script supervisor
Richleigh Kerr ... production assistant
Adria Later ... studio teacher (as Adria Lickliker)
Jean-Marie Lavalou ... louma crane technical advisor
Jerry Layne ... ventriloquial consultant
Davi Loren ... office staff
Darrin Martin ... apprentice
Maria Melcher McConnell ... office staff
Lillian Michelson ... researcher (as Lillian Michaelson)
Margaret Mitchell ... production accountant
Lata Ryan ... production coordinator
Gail Siemers ... assistant: Mr. Spielberg (as Gail Lyn Siemers)
Syd Stembridge ... weapons consultant
Mary Ellen Trainor ... associate to producer
Judy Van Wormer ... assistant choreographer (as Judy van Wormer)
Eric Von Buello ... mammal and ventriloquial creator
Steve Gawley ... miniature painter (uncredited)
Chuck Jones ... creative assistant (uncredited)
B.J. Smith ... first aid (uncredited)
Frank Tallman ... pilot (uncredited)
Pat Walshe ... double (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines Paranoia meets pandemonium. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Night the Japs Attacked (United States)
  • 1941 - Wo bitte geht's nach Hollywood (Germany)
  • 1941 - undskyld, hvor ligger Hollywood? (Denmark)
  • 1941 - Unnskyld, hvor er Hollywood? (Norway)
  • 1941 - anteeksi, missä on Hollywood? (Finland)
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Runtime
  • 118 min
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Box Office

Budget $35,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $2,701,898, 16 Dec 1979

Did You Know?

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Trivia Charlton Heston and John Wayne turned down the role of Major General Joseph W. Stilwell. Wayne phoned Director Steven Spielberg, who had given him the script, and not only turned it down due to ill health, but tried to get Spielberg to drop the project. Wayne felt it was unpatriotic and a slap in the face to World War II vets. Heston is thought to have turned it down for the same reasons. The role was taken by Robert Stack who, once in costume and make-up, bore a striking resemblance to the real General Stilwell. See more »
Goofs Herbie and Claude change position on the ferris wheel. Spielberg did that deliberately for comedic effect. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012). See more »
Soundtracks Down by the Ohio See more »
Crazy Credits End credits feature scenes showing cast members screaming. See more »
Quotes Japanese soldier: [trying to squeeze a large radio into the sub] We've got to figure out how to make these things smaller!
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