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Director: Steven Spielberg Cast: Dan Aykroyd
Dan Aykroyd
, Ned Beatty
Ned Beatty
, John Belushi
John Belushi
Steven Spielberg


Director: Steven Spielberg Cast: Dan Aykroyd
Dan Aykroyd
, Ned Beatty
Ned Beatty
, John Belushi
John Belushi
Steven Spielberg


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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 involve lusty young men, officers (Tim Matheson) and civilians (Bobby Di Cicco) alike, eager to bed the young ladies of their dreams; Wild Bill Kelso, a nutty fighter pilot (John Belushi) following what he thinks is a squadron of Japanese fighters along the California coast; a well-meaning but clumsy tank crew (including John Candy) led by straight-arrow, by-the-book Sgt. Tree (Dan Aykroyd), who doesn't recognize the thug (Treat Williams) in his command; and homeowner Ward Douglas (Ned Beatty), who is eager to do his part for the nation's defense and, despite the misgivings of his wife (Lorraine Gary), doesn't mind his front yard overlooking the ocean being chosen to house a 40 mm anti-aircraft gun. There is also a pair of grotesquely inept airplane spotters (Murray Hamilton, Eddie Deezen) who are doing their job from atop a ferris wheel at a beachfront amusement park; a paranoid army colonel (Warren Oates) positive that the Japanese are infiltrating from the hills; a big dance being held on behalf of servicemen, being attended by a lusty young woman of size (Wendie Jo Sperber) eager to land a man in uniform; and General Joseph "Vinegar Joe" Stillwell (Robert Stack), in charge of the defense of the West Coast, who can't seem to get anyone to listen to him when he says to keep calm. And, oh yes, there's also a real Japanese submarine that has gotten all the way to the California coast under the command of its captain (Toshiro Mifune) and a German officer observer (Christopher Lee), only to find itself without a working compass or usable maps. Its captain won't leave until the sub has attacked a militarily significant, honorable target, and the only one that anyone aboard ship knows of in California is Hollywood. By New Year's Eve, all of these characters are going to cross paths, directly or once-removed, in a comedy of errors and destruction strongly reminiscent of the finale to National Lampoon's Animal House (as well as several disaster movies from the same studio), but on a much larger and more impressive scale.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/05/2015
UPC: 0025192235078
Original Release: 1979
Rating: PG
Source: Universal Studios
Sales rank: 4,851

Special Features

The making of 1941: feature length documentary including interviews with Steven Spielberg, Bob Gale, John Milius, Robert Zemeckis and more; Deleted scenes; Production photographs; Theatrical trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dan Aykroyd Sgt. Tree
Ned Beatty Ward Douglas
John Belushi Wild Bill Kelso
Lorraine Gary Joan Douglas
Murray Hamilton Claude
Toshiro Mifune Cmdr. Mitamura
Christopher Lee Von Kleinschmidt
Nancy Allen Donna
Robert Stack Gen. Stilwell
Tim Matheson Birkhead
Warren Oates Maddox
Treat Williams Sitarski
Eddie Deezen Herbie
Bobby Di Cicco Wally
Diane Kay Betty
John Candy Foley
Frank McRae Ogden Johnson Jones
Perry Lang Dennis
Slim Pickens Hollis Wood
Wendie Jo Sperber Maxine
Lionel Stander Scioli
Iggie Wolfington Meyer Mishkin
Joe Flaherty USO M.C.
Richard Miller Officer Miller
Carol Ann Williams USO Girl
Jenny Williams USO Girl
Lucille Benson Gas Mama
Jordan Brian Macey
Elisha Cook Customer
Patti LuPone Lydia Hedberg
J. Patrick McNamara DuBois
Dub Taylor Malcomb
David L. Lander Joe
Michael McKean Willy
Susan Backlinie Polar Bear Woman
E. Hampton Beagle Phone Man
Deborah Benson USO Girl
Don Calfa Telephone Operator
Vito Carenzo Shore Patrol
Mark Carlton Stilwell Aide
Gary Cervantes Zoot-Suiter
Paul Cloud Stilwell Aide
Luis Contreras Zoot Suiter
Lucinda Dooling Lucinda
Gray Fredrickson Lt. Bressler
Brian Frishman USO Goon
Samuel Fuller Interceptor Commander
Denise Gallup Twin
Brad Gorman USO Nerd
Jerry Hardin Map Man
Audrey Landers USO Girl
John Landis Mizerany
Akio Mitamura Ashimoto
Walter Olkewicz Hinshaw
Mickey Rourke Reese
Whitney Rydbeck Daffy
Donovan Scott Kid Sailor
Kerry Sherman USO Girl
Geno Silva Martinez
Rita Taggart Reporter
Maureen Teefy USO Girl
Andy Tennant Babyface
Jack Thibeau Stilwell Aide
Galen Thompson Stilwell Aide
John Voldstad USO Nerd
Carol Ann Beery USO Girl
Penny Marshall Miss Fitzroy
Dave Cameron Reporter
John R. McKee Reporter
Hiroshi Shimizu Ito

Technical Credits
Steven Spielberg Director
John P. Austin Set Decoration/Design
Paul de Rolf Choreography
Sally Dennison Casting
Bud Ekins Stunts
Buzz Feitshans Producer
A.D. Flowers Special Effects
William A. Fraker Cinematographer
Bob Gale Screenwriter
Robert Glass Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Kahn Associate Producer,Editor
Terry J. Leonard Stunts
John Milius Executive Producer
Dean Edward Mitzner Production Designer
Deborah Nadoolman Costumes/Costume Designer
WIlliam F. O'Brien Art Director
Abe Olman Songwriter
Steve Perry Asst. Director
Mario Roberts Stunts
Bob Troup Songwriter
Judy Van Wormer Choreography
Bob Westmoreland Makeup
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Jack Yellen Songwriter
Robert Zemeckis Screenwriter
Jerry Ziesmer Asst. Director

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