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1941
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Overview - Steven Spielberg's 1941 is a big-budget zany comedy detailing the hilarious panic that gripped Los Angeles after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Army General Joseph Stilwell (Robert Stack) is in charge of protecting the Californian coastline in the weeks following Pearl Harbor.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Steven Spielberg's 1941 is a big-budget zany comedy detailing the hilarious panic that gripped Los Angeles after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Army General Joseph Stilwell (Robert Stack) is in charge of protecting the Californian coastline in the weeks following Pearl Harbor. Dan Aykroyd and John Candy are members of a tank crew responsible for setting up a cannon in Ned Beatty's backyard. As explosions burst forth and air-raid sirens scream, John Belushi, Tim Matheson, and Treat Williams are part of the army corp reacting to the news of war with a somewhat energetic craziness. They dance at the USO, compete with each other to get the prettiest girls, and watch as Hollywood Boulevard becomes a pile of ruins. The film features cameos by many Spielberg friends and associates, including directors Sam Fuller and John Landis and actors James Caan, Mickey Rourke, Penny Marshall, and Susan Backlinie, reprising her famous skinny-dip from the first scene in JAWS. Michael McKean and David Lander, otherwise known as Lenny and Squiggy from LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY, play Willie and Joe--a hat's-off salute to Bill Maudlin's famous World War II cartoon characters. The film suffered from critical venom upon its initial release but has since become a cult fave.

Cast List

Dean Mitzner - Production Designer, ANIMAL HOUSE (1978)
Dean Edward Mitzner - Production Designer, ANIMAL HOUSE (1978)
John Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
John Towner Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
Johnny Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
John Milius - Rightwing (and underrated) screenwriter/director
Buzz Feitshans - Producer, mid '70s-late 90s, father of Buzz Feitshans IV
Steven Spielberg - Oscar-winning director/producer/screenwriter
Steven Allan Spielberg - Oscar-winning director/producer/screenwriter
Robert Zemeckis - American director/screenwriter
Dan Aykroyd - Writer/Director/Actor
Daniel Edward Aykroyd - Writer/Director/Actor
Patti LuPone - American Actress/Singer
Lorraine Gary - American Film and Television Supporting Actress
Lorraine Gottfried - American Film and Television Supporting Actress
Slim Pickens - American Character Actor
Joe Flaherty - American Comic Actor
Mickey Rourke - American actor, 9 1/2 WEEKS
Tim Matheson - Actor/director, ANIMAL HOUSE
John Landis - Director, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981)
Audrey Landers - American TV Actress
John Candy - Canadian Actor/Comedian
Murray Hamilton - American Character Actor
Treat Williams - American Actor
John Belushi - American Actor/Comedian, ANIMAL HOUSE (1978)
Michael McKean - American actor, THIS IS SPINAL TAP, LAVERNE & SHIRLEY
Christopher Lee - British actor, DRACULA (1958)
Bob Gale
Toshirô Mifune - Japanese Actor
Lucinda Dooling - American Actress
Milton Kahn
A. D. Flowers - Special Visual Effects
Deborah Nadoolman - Costume Designer, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981)
Penny Marshall - American Film and Television Actress/Director, BIG, LAVERNE
Ned Beatty - American character actor
Nancy Allen - American actress, CARRIE, ROBOCOP
Wendie Jo Sperber - Actresss, BOSOM BUDDIES, BACHELOR PARTY
Robert Stack - American Actor
Dub Taylor - Supporting Actor
Samuel Fuller - Prolific cult auteur
Sam Fuller - Prolific cult auteur
William A. Fraker - Legendary cinematographer/director

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 146
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192055027
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Release Date: October 2010

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Synopsis:
Steven Spielberg takes a surprisingly comic look at the panic gripping L.A. in the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. This underrated comedy spectacular features outstanding special effects, large-scale action scenes, super stunts...and a mind-boggling number of stars.

Notes:
Theatrical release: December 14, 1979. Writer John Milius originally titled the movie THE NIGHT THE JAPS ATTACKED but changed the title to the less objectionable THE NIGHT THE JAPANESE ATTACKED. Spielberg changed the title to THE RISING SUN before settling on 1941. Before Robert Stack accepted the role of General Joseph Stilwell, Spielberg offered the part to John Wayne, Charlton Heston, and Sam Fuller, who went on to play the Southern California interceptor commander instead. John Belushi and Tim Matheson appeared as Delta House fraternity brothers in ANIMAL HOUSE, directed by John Landis, who makes a cameo in 1941. John Landis also became known for littering his films with cameos by other directors.

Reviews:
"...[1941] remains dear to [Spielberg's] heart..." -- Rating: B+ - 06/14/1996 Entertainment Weekly, p.71

 
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