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Directed By: Steven Spielberg Starring: Dan Aykroyd John Belushi

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on 12/29/2012

This is undisputably the most hilarious movie I've ever seen! It starts off with sporatical spurts of poignant humor, the intervals further apart at first, then growing ever more intense and close together as the movie progresses. It's a fantastical story of Hollywood, California in the first days following the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941.

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It's an okay movie

on 3/21/2013

Movie 1941's brilliant ensemble cast, daring director, & hard working crew, including special effects wizard Greg Jein, combined their talents to take viewers back to the opening days of World War two, to a comedic fantasy California in a '41 that never quite was. It has been criticized for being fragmented (it was cut to shreds against director Spielberg's wishes), & lambasted for not being funny.

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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.


Studio Universal
SKU 40107016
UPC 025192055027
UPC 14 00025192055027
Format DVD
Release Date 10/5/2010
Rating NR
Theatrical Release
World War II
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "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
Quote "We've got to find a way to make these things smaller."--Japanese sailor, trying to get a large radio into his submarine
Entertainment Weekly "...[1941] remains dear to [Spielberg's] heart..." -- Rating: B 06/14/1996 p.71
Steven Spielberg
Dan Aykroyd
John Belushi
Cast & Crew
Dan Aykroyd - Actor
John Belushi - Actor
Lorraine Gary - Actor
Ned Beatty - Actor
Steven Spielberg - Director
William A. Fraker - Director of Photography
John Williams - Musical Score
Buzz Feitshans, et al. - Producer
Robert Zemeckis, et al. - Story By
Robert Zemeckis - Writer
Bob Gale - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1979
Catalog ID 20550
UPC 00025192055027
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 148 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (1980) William A. Fraker, Nominee, Best Cinematography,A.D. Flowers, et al., Nominee, Best Visual Effects,Gene S. Cantamessa, et al., Nominee, Best Sound
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Review Gargantuan comedy from the bigger-is-funnier school of filmmaking. Some excellent vignettes and dazzling special effects...
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor Belushi/aykroyd
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever ...elements of fantasy and black humor.

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