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Director: Steven Spielberg     Starring: Dan Aykroyd John Belushi
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40107016
UPC: 025192055027
UPC 14: 00025192055027
Sales Rank: 877
Category Keywords: Adventure  All-Star  Epic  Theatrical Release  World War II
Rating: NR
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A comedy spectacular!
Contains: restored footage not included in original theatrical release, and original documentary on the making of 1941, steven spielberg's home movies and behind-the-scenes footage, theatrical trailers, outtakes, and storyboards and production notes.

"...elements of fantasy and black humor.  VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever

Editor's Note
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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, Spanish

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/5/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 148 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1979
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 20550
Video UPC UPC: 00025192055027
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Dan Aykroyd
Video Cast Info John Belushi
Video Cast Info Lorraine Gary
Video Cast Info Ned Beatty
Video Cast Info Steven Spielberg - Director
Video Cast Info William A. Fraker - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info John Williams - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Buzz Feitshans, et al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Robert Zemeckis, et al. - Story By
Video Cast Info Robert Zemeckis - Writer
Video Cast Info Bob Gale - Writer
Plot Summary
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.


Oscar (1980)
   Video Award Name William A. Fraker, Nominee, Best Cinematography
   Video Award Name A.D. Flowers, et al., Nominee, Best Visual Effects
   Video Award Name Gene S. Cantamessa, et al., Nominee, Best Sound

Memorable Quotes

"Madness. It's the only way to describe it: madness. This isn't the state of California. This is the state of insanity. G2 should pour knockout drops into the water..."----General Stilwell (Robert Stack), reacting to the panic in Los Angeles over the threat of a Japanese invasion right after the bombing of Pearl Harbor

"We've got to find a way to make these things smaller."----Japanese sailor, trying to get a large radio into his submarine

Professional Reviews

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

Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide 7 of 10
Gargantuan comedy from the bigger-is-funnier school of filmmaking. Some excellent vignettes and dazzling special effects...

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Belushi/aykroyd
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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