1941

A massive, spectacular, all-star, notoriously big-budgeted slapstick comedy in the IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD vein, 1941 is loaded with slam-bang sight gags and action, but comedy isn't director Steven Spielberg's forte and the movie isn't nearly as funny as it might have been. Taken from an inspired script by Robert Zemeckis (who went on to direct...read more

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The trailer for 1941. Late 1941, a young woman goes for a midnight swim, alone and naked (in a nod to the opening of the film Jaws) to find a Japanese submarine surfacing under her. She holds on to the periscope as it rises. The submarine crew realizes they have arrived where they intended to be, Hollywood, and the vessel submerges once again while the girl swims to safety. The Japanese submarine crew, led by Commander Mitamuru are joined by a hard-line German naval captain, and have crossed the Pacific Ocean to destroy something 'honorable.' Back on land, dishwasher Wally Stephens makes plans to enter a dance contest with Betty Douglas, against her father's wishes. Tank crew Sgt. Frank Tree, Private Foley, and Corporal Sitarski are also at Wally's restaurant. Meanwhile, Captain Wild Bill Kelso lands his Curtiss P-40 fighter to refuel but accidentally blows up the gasoline station. Just days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, in Los Angeles, Major General Joseph Stilwell attempts to bring order, but Colonel Mad Man Maddox, the General's new secretary Donna Stratten and the General's assistant Captain Loomis Birkhead all have other ideas. At the Douglas family home on the coast, Wally is confronted by Mr. Douglas and his wife Joan, still angry that he previously destroyed their car. Soon after, the tank crew arrive to deliver a large gun; Corporal Sitarski spots Betty. The Japanese submarine becomes lost trying to find Los Angeles when the ship's compass is broken. A landing party captures a local timber merchant, Hollis Wood; on board the sub, they see he has a small Cracker Jack compass that he swallows. Wood escapes, while in Los Angeles, Major General Stilwell goes to see the feature film Dumbo. Captain Birkhead and Donna Stratten decide to go the local airfield where Colonel Madman Maddox has both aircraft and a belief the Japanese are about to attack. At the USO dance, Sitarski and Betty are inside as Wally sneaks in with a sto

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1941 - Official Trailer
00:18 — Big budget screwball comedy about panicking Southern Californians following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Box office and critical disappointment, but o (more…)
(Movie Clip) Save It For The Japs
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 ( (more…)
(Movie Clip) Strategically Advantageous
A Santa Monica peace-nik housewife (Lorraine Gary) receives Sgt. Tree (Dan Aykroyd) and crew (Treat Williams, John Candy et al), her husband (Ned Beat (more…)
(Movie Clip) Northern California Coast
Opening his famously expensive and box-office un-friendly follow up to Jaws and Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, director Steven Spielberg decides (more…)
1941 - (Original Trailer)
Panic sweeps Hollywood when a Japanese invasion is suspected in Steven Spielberg's gigantic farce 1941 (1979).
Feature Trailer
03:27 — Feature trailer for 1941. During the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Californians await the worst.
Teaser Trailer
02:41 — The teaser trailer for 1941. Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor.

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  • Released: 1979
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: A massive, spectacular, all-star, notoriously big-budgeted slapstick comedy in the IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD vein, 1941 is loaded with slam-bang sight gags and action, but comedy isn't director Steven Spielberg's forte and the movie isn't nearly as f… (more)

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