Hysteria grips California in the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. An assorted group of defenders attempt to make the coast defensible against an imagined Japanese invasion, in this big budget, big cast comedy. Members of a Japanese submarine crew scout out the madness, along with a Captain in Germany's Kreigsmarine (Navy).
It's been six days since the attack on Pearl Harbor. Panic grips California, supposedly the next target of the Japanese forces. Everywhere in California, people are suffering from war nerves. Chaos erupts all over the state. An Army Air Corps Captain, a civilian with a deranged sense of Nationalism, civilian defenders, and a Motor Pool crew all end up on the trail of a lost Japanese sub that has picked Hollywood as their own target. Will these people be able to defend their homes? Will they be able to preserve the safety in California? Will they be able to get a hold of themselves?
There may be a list of the most expensive films ever made. There may be a list of the most stupid films every made. <br/><br/>This film is a kind of magical coalition. I am not sure if it is the most expensive stupidest film every made. Or the most stupid expensive film ever made. <br/><br/>The cost of paying just the lead actors for one day on the set would have been more than the total budget of many Australian feature films. Perhaps if I were ten years old I may have thought the film funny.<br/><br/>Perhaps if I had fallen asleep 30 seconds after the opening and woken up thirty seconds before the end I may have thought the film enjoyable.<br/><br/>The film is so bad that it is memorable. If you are the kind of person who has had a tooth pulled and then can't resist continually poking the hole with your tongue then this may be the film for you.
A parade of juvenile, sophomoric, failed jokes, punctuated by some good jitterbugging, 1941 is an enormous waste of talent. How the AFI came to cite this film as a notable comedy will forever remain a mystery. Do bring your eight-year-old, however; he's bound to be delighted.
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-moving revision of 1940s war hysteria in Los Angeles spawned by the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and boasts Hollywood’s finest miniature and special effects work seen to date.
The Director's Cut of this early Spielberg flick runs approx. 27 minutes longer than the old Theatrical Version and features several blocks of new scenes throughout the time. Nearly 27 scenes were added or altered and sometimes alternate material was used as well. a5c7b9f00b