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1941 1979

4.3 out of 5 stars (88) IMDb 5.9/10

Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor.

Starring:
Dan Aykroyd, Ned Beatty
Runtime:
1 hour, 58 minutes

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Genres Action & Adventure
Director Steven Spielberg
Starring Dan Aykroyd, Ned Beatty
Supporting actors John Belushi, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Christopher Lee, Tim Matheson, Toshirô Mifune, Warren Oates, Robert Stack, Treat Williams, Nancy Allen, Lucille Benson, Jordan Brian, John Candy, Elisha Cook Jr., Eddie Deezen, Bobby Di Cicco, Dianne Kay, Perry Lang
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
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By A Customer on 26 Feb. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Why "1941" never got the acclaim it deserves is a mystery. Maybe it is because many Americans find it hard to laugh at themselves. There are so many memorable moments (two men and a dummy on top of a ferris wheel, the submarine sinking the tank, Robert Stack shedding a tear at "Dumbo" whilst the world outside the cinema is going mad, the amazing aircraft chase through Hollywood which is Spielberg's self-parody of "Star Wars"), but it has to be John Belushi as the fighter pilot that sticks in the mind. One of the few films that I have watched more than once.
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By A Customer on 21 April 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This has to be my favourite film of all time. Although never given the true credit it deserves this is one of steven spielbergs funniest movies. With a brilliant ensemble cast, John Belushi steals the show. His portrayal of a slightly less than sane fighter pilot will have everyone in stitches. The film follows a number of storys happening in 1941. From the teenager trying to get the girl, to the patriotic american ready to do anything to protect his country. All the storys come together to form the best mad-cap ending since "it's a mad, mad, mad, mad world". Unmissable!
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
1941 is what happens when you have made two of the biggest films of all time and nobody is willing to stop you from spending more money. It is one of Steven Spielberg’s misfires, but even his misfires are better than some director’s best work. It might still be a flawed mess, but having given the film a second chance on blu-ray, I am glad I did. It is madcap, over the top, but overall it is fun, completely mad and still miles better than Hook!

Whilst I would assume it is not as funny as future 'Back to the Future' writers, Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale working with and John Milius intended, the film still features some inspired sequences, including a spoof on the opening of Jaws, a ferris wheel rolling down a pier, a dogfight down Hollywood Boulevard, a house falling down the slide of a hill and my favourite, a tank going through a warehouse full of paint and then turpentine to come out clean. This film is by no means subtle, it is a full on assault of the senses, although it is not as noisy as I recall, mainly because I think we are now accustom to noisy films.

The sound and picture quality on the blu-ray version are vast improvements on the older DVD versions and the extended cut seems to reduce the chaotic feel of the theatrical cut. The cast is huge and features a young Dan Aykroyd, a bonkers John Belushi, Christopher Lee, Toshiro Mifune, Slim Pickens, Ned Beatty and John Candy to name just a few. John William’s main theme is also still impressive and whilst sometimes overlooked, it is used to great effect.

Well worth watching again. The making of 1941 included on the blu-ray disk is also well worth watching just to see how things got so widely out of control and why this ended up a flawed misfire, rather than a classic.
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Format: DVD
For those who are curious, here are the details of the Dvd.

This Dvd features the original, shorter, theatrical cut of the film, running 1 hour 54 minutes. The picture and sound are remastered and is miles better than the older U.S. disc. It is also 16:9 enhanced for you widescreen TV.

The extras are the same as the older U.S. disc, but come on a 2nd disc instead of cramming it all onto one. Even the menus are the same as the decade-old American release.

Making of 1941 (Almost as long as the film).
Deleted scenes
Original Trailers
Production photos

One thing the US disc has that this new one doesn't, is the John Williams Isolated Score.

Overall I highly recommend this.

If you want the longer cut you can still pick it up cheap.
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Although many people find this film largely unfunny I find it hilarious. They got John Belushi to play the same kind of character that he did in Animal House and, in my opinion, it works!! Dan Aykroyd is also as funny as ever, he gets a bump on the head and does some crazy things that are sure to make you laugh. This film is worth renting just to see John Belushi's many comedy falls and Dan Aykroyd's impression of a bug.
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The mos underrated yet one of the best, most spectacular and geniously irrieverent Spielberg's films. 1941 belongs to his first phase, that of a promising and talented maverick outsider who gradually takes over Hollywood and his genre, renewing them in a refreshing way and with the right balance of perfect knowledge of cinematographic language and a lively thoughtprovoking approach. 1941 is America trapped in its own showbusiness mask, where everything sounds like a film line, every behaviour looks like acting, every situation seems to be taken from a western or a musical or a war film. An America that results as fascinating as totally dumb and unaware of the real danger. So the approaching enemies look invisible to their blinded eyes, blinded by a paranoia that has no face but just prejudice, cliche, made of the striking lights of advertising and entertainment, which just create a selfreferred confusion, where American themselves do not realize that the are destroying themeselves and even having fun while doing it. In fact, 1941 is like a big carnival of faces, machines, music, sounds and cries and laughs and mere defense of one's own house with garden, night out dress, favourite movie star or just a date for last year's ball.
And despite that, Spielberg and friends (a mass of brilliant actors and a fantastic crew doung a wonderful job, from photography to editing, from music score to writing, like Milius and Zemeckis, the most unlikely couple ever to meet in a film) seem to have a big fun at producing an unstoppable, ceaseless train of nonsense sequences, chain-reaction scenes (the physical effect that best represent the cause/effect principle of the giant social machine that gets started as paranoia and entertainment clash into one another).
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