1941

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Released 1979

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Director:
Steven Spielberg
Released:
1979
Rating:
PG
1941 is a 1971 comedy directed by Steven Spielberg and starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in a story about two American soldiers trying their best to cope with the massive confusion that occurred in the Los Angeles area following the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Unbeknownst to the citizens of Los Angeles, a Japanese submarine is nearing the West Coast with the intent of shelling the great American city. What ensues is some of the craziest chaos in movie history, as bumbling, crazed, and just plain confused American soldiers fight an unseen enemy and sometimes each other in anticipation of an attack similar to the one that devastated Pearl Harbor. As the Japanese maneuver along the coast line, trying to figure out where they are, the Los Angeles soldiers threaten to do more damage to the city than the enemy ever could. John Candy, Slim Pickens, and Mickey Rourke make appearances in this cult classic, and Robert Stack plays hard-nosed Major General Stilwell. 1941 is a hilarious parody of the accidental Battle of Los Angeles, co-written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale.moreless

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  • 70

    Variety

    Billed as a comedy spectacle, Steven Spielberg's 1941 is long on spectacle, but short on comedy. The Universal-Columbia Pictures co-production is an exceedingly entertaining, fast-...

  • 38

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It's not fair to say Steven Spielberg's 1941 lacks "pacing." It's got it, all right, but all at the same pace: The movie relentlessly throws gags at us until we're dizzy. It's an a...

  • 25

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    Not only is it mindless, it is also racist. Not only is it racist, it is also incompetent. Not only is it incompetent, it is also unfunny. [17 Dec 1979]

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Satire, Slapstick, Parody & Spoof