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1941
A Comedy Spectacular!
( Comedy / War )


1941 Poster

MPAA Rating:
PG

US Runtime: 118 min

Premiere Date:
Dec 14, 1979   [USA]
 
Director: Steven Spielberg
 
Writers: Robert Zemeckis   [story]
Bob Gale   [story]
John Milius   [story]
Robert Zemeckis
Bob Gale
 
Producers: John Milius   [Executive Producer]
Buzz Feitshans   [Producer]
Janet Healy   [Associate Producer]
Michael Kahn   [Associate Producer]
 
Cinematography: William A. Fraker
 
Edited by: Michael Kahn
 
Production Companys: A-Team
Columbia Pictures Corporation
Universal Pictures
 


Cast:

Dan Aykroyd
Sergeant Frank Tree
Ned Beatty
Ward Douglas
John Belushi
Captain Wild Bill Kelso
Lorraine Gary
Joan Douglas
Toshirô Mifune
Commander Akiro Mitamura
Warren Oates
Colonel Maddox
Robert Stack
Major General Joseph W. Stillwell
Treat Williams
Corporal Chuck Sitarski
Nancy Allen
Donna Stratton
Lucille Benson
Gas Mama
Jordan Brian
Macey Douglas
John Candy
Private Foley
Elisha Cook Jr.
The Patron
Eddie Deezen
Herbie Kazlminsky
Bobby Di Cicco
Wally Stephens
Dianne Kay
Betty Douglas
Perry Lang
Dennis DeSoto
Patti LuPone
Lydia Hedberg
J. Patrick McNamara
Private DuBois
Frank McRae
Private Ogden Johnson Jones
Steven Mond
Gus Douglas
Wendie Jo Sperber
Maxine Dexheimer
Lionel Stander
Angelo Scioli
Iggie Wolfington
Meyer Mishkin
Christian Zika
Stevie Douglas
Joe Flaherty
Raoul Lipschitz
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
Dave Cameron
Reporter
Vito Carenzo
Vito
Mark Carlton
Stilwell Aide
Gary Cervantes
Zoot-Suiter
Paul Cloud
Stilwell Aide
Luis Contreras
Zoot-Suiter
 
Carol Culver
Anderson Sister
Lucinda Dooling
Lucinda
Gray Frederickson
Lt. Bressler
Samuel Fuller
Interceptor Commander
Marjorie Gaines
Anderson Sister
Dian Gallup
Twin
Denise Gallup
Twin
Trish Garland
Anderson Sister
Barbara Gannen
Interceptor Assistant
Jerry Hardin
Map Man
Diane Hill
Interceptor Assistant
Robert Houston
Maddox's Soldier
Audrey Landers
USO Girl
Mark Marias
Dept. Store Kid
Ronnie McMillan
Winowski
Dan McNally
Reporter
Dick Miller
Officer Miller
Dr. Akio Mitamura
Ashimoto
Antoinette Molinari
Mrs. Scioli
Walter Olkewicz
Private Hinshaw
Mickey Rourke
Private Reese
Whitney Rydbeck
Daffy
Donovan Scott
Kid Sailor
Kerry Sherman
USO Girl
Hiroshi Shimizu
Ito
Geno Silva
Martinez
Rita Taggart
Reporter
Maureen Teefy
USO Girl
Andy Tennant
Babyface
Jack Thibeau
Stilwell Aide
Galen Thompson
Stilwell Aide
Frank Verroca
USO Nerd
John Voldstad
USO Nerd
Carol Ann Williams
USO Girl
Sydney Lassick
Salesman (uncredited)
Debbie Rothstein
USO Girl (uncredited)
James Caan
Sailor in Fight (uncredited)
 

Crew:

Fredrick Albrecht
grip
Bill Beam
key grip: second unit
Gerald H. Boatright
best boy
R. Anthony Brown
production associate
Robert Buckingham
atmosphere casting
Carol Sue Byron
office staff
Daniel Todd Cahn
assistant film editor
Tom Camp
pilot
Paul Casella Jr.
production assistant
Paul Casella Jr.
transportation coordinator
Dick Colean
camera operator
Paul De Rolf
choreographer
Gary R. Dodd
key grip
Steve Hinton
pilot
Paul Jacobsen
rigger
Paul Jacobsen
electrician
Saul Kahan
publicist
Jack Kennedy
best boy
Marie Kenney
script supervisor
Jan Koshay
dolly grip
Bill Krattiger
electrician
Adria Later
studio teacher
Jean-Marie Lavalou
louma crane technical advisor
Jerry Layne
ventriloquial consultant
Darrin Martin
apprentice
Bob McMillian
color consultant
Lillian Michelson
researcher
 
Margaret Mitchell
production accountant
Mina Mittelman
wardrobe: women
Donald M. Morgan
camera operator: second unit
Randy Jon Morgan
assistant editor
Daniel G. North
costumer
Aaron Pazanti
assistant camera: second unit
William L. Peets
gaffer: second unit
Doug Pentek
gaffer
Andy Romanoff
crane operator: Louma crane
Charles W. Short
camera operator: second unit
Robert Short
special consultant
Gail Siemers
assistant to Mr. Spielberg
Peter Sorel
still photographer
Herbert W. Spencer
orchestrator
Frank Stanley
additional director of photography
Syd Stembridge
weapons consultant
Phil Stern
still photographer
Ty Suehiro
grip
Bill Sutton
grip
Frank Tallman
pilot
Mary Ellen Trainor
associate to the producer
Rand R. Vargas
grip
Ron Vargas
first assistant camera
Theresa Volpe Laursen
assistant wardrobe: women
John G. Wilson
executive in charge of production
John Wright
electrician
Don Yamasaki
electrician
 
 

Miscellaneous Companies:

Freeze Frame
titles
Pickwick Public Relations
publicity
 
Todd-AO Studios
sound recording
Van der Veer Photo Effects
optical effects
 
 

Filming Locations: (Now With Clickable Links To Location On Google Maps)

 

Tech Info:

Color Info:
Color (Metrocolor)
Cinematographic Process:
Panavision
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Film Negative Format:
35 mm
Printed Film Format:
35 mm / 70 mm

Quotes:

  • Colonel Akiro Mitamura: [To von Kleinschmidt] You can take your "Third Reich" and shove it up your ass!
     
  • Hollis P. Wood: [After seeing Captain von Kleinschmidt enter] Jesus Palomino, a Nazi. I knew it, you're all in cahoots. Well let me tell you something, Mr. Heinie Kraut, I fought your kind in the great war, and we kicked the living s**t out of you!
     
  • General Joseph W. Stilwell: This isn't the state of California, it's a state of insanity.
     
  • [To Betty, before she leaves for the USO.]
    Ward Douglas: I don't know what they've told you down at the USO, but you're going to be meeting a lot of strange men. Men in uniform. Boys a long way from home, lonely, desperate. They really have one thing on their minds. Show 'em a good time.
     
  • [trying to squeeze a large radio into the sub]
    Japanese soldier: We've got to figure out how to make these things smaller!
     

Trivia:

  • Both John Wayne and Charlton Heston were offered the role of General Stilwell. Wayne phoned director Steven Spielberg, who had given him the script, and not only turned it down due to ill health but tried to get Spielberg to drop the project. Wayne felt it was unpatriotic and a slap in the face to WWII vets. Heston is thought to have turned it down for the same reasons.
     
  • The scene where Wild Bill Kelso slips and tumbles off of the wing of his airplane as he is about to take off was a real accident. John Belushi slipped as he was climbing into the plane. It was kept in the movie because it fit his character.
     
  • Spielberg exposed one million feet of film over 247 shooting days.
     
  • Spielberg has revealed that he almost made this film a musical.
     
  • Reese and Foley are the names used by Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter Bob Gale for any police officers or government agents in films they have written.
     

Credits Fun:

  • End credits feature scenes showing cast members screaming.
     

DVD Easter Eggs: (Hidden So You Don't See Anything You Don't Want To See)


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