Big budget screwball comedy about panicking Southern Californians following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Box office and critical disappointment, but occasionally hilarious!
Dan Aykroyd as Sergeant Tree with his crew (Treat Williams as Sitarski, also John Candy) in a coastal cafe, then meeting gonzo pilot Wild Bill Kelso (John Belushi), observed by veteran Elisha Cook Jr., in Steven Spielberg's 1941, 1979.
Opening his famously expensive and box-office un-friendly follow up to Jaws and Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, director Steven Spielberg decides to have fun with a reference to the former, using the same swimmer (Denise Cheshire), in 1941, 1979, starring John Belushi.
Panic sweeps Hollywood when a Japanese invasion is suspected in Steven Spielberg's gigantic farce 1941 (1979).
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Steven Spielberg directs this riotous farce depicting the hysteria of a cross section of Los Angeles citizens following the bombing of Pear Harbor. The film is loosely based on a true event in which a Japanese submarine surfaced off the California coast, setting off a brief wave of panic.
It's December of 1941, and the people of California are in varying states of unease, ranging from a sincere desire to defend the country to virtual blind panic in the wake of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Thus begin several story threads that comprise the "plot" of this strange period comedy, a sort of satirical disaster movie, from Steven Spielberg. The stories and story threads culminate so that by New Year's Eve, all of the zany characters are going to cross paths, directly or once-removed, in a comedy of errors and destruction. An all-star cast including John Belushi, Dan Akroyd, John Candy, Robert Stack and Ned Beatty headline this hit!
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