A Comedy Spectacular!
( Comedy / War )

1941 Poster

MPAA Rating:

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


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
Michael McKean
Susan Backlinie
Polar Bear Woman
E. Hampton Beagle
Phone Man
Deborah Benson
USO Girl
Don Calfa
Telephone Operator
Dave Cameron
Vito Carenzo
Mark Carlton
Stilwell Aide
Gary Cervantes
Paul Cloud
Stilwell Aide
Luis Contreras
Carol Culver
Anderson Sister
Lucinda Dooling
Gray Frederickson
Lt. Bressler
Samuel Fuller
Interceptor Commander
Marjorie Gaines
Anderson Sister
Dian Gallup
Denise Gallup
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
Dan McNally
Dick Miller
Officer Miller
Dr. Akio Mitamura
Antoinette Molinari
Mrs. Scioli
Walter Olkewicz
Private Hinshaw
Mickey Rourke
Private Reese
Whitney Rydbeck
Donovan Scott
Kid Sailor
Kerry Sherman
USO Girl
Hiroshi Shimizu
Geno Silva
Rita Taggart
Maureen Teefy
USO Girl
Andy Tennant
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)


Fredrick Albrecht
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
Paul Casella Jr.
production assistant
Paul Casella Jr.
transportation coordinator
Dick Colean
camera operator
Paul De Rolf
Gary R. Dodd
key grip
Steve Hinton
Paul Jacobsen
Paul Jacobsen
Saul Kahan
Jack Kennedy
best boy
Marie Kenney
script supervisor
Jan Koshay
dolly grip
Bill Krattiger
Adria Later
studio teacher
Jean-Marie Lavalou
louma crane technical advisor
Jerry Layne
ventriloquial consultant
Darrin Martin
Bob McMillian
color consultant
Lillian Michelson
Margaret Mitchell
production accountant
Mina Mittelman
wardrobe: women
Donald M. Morgan
camera operator: second unit
Randy Jon Morgan
assistant editor
Daniel G. North
Aaron Pazanti
assistant camera: second unit
William L. Peets
gaffer: second unit
Doug Pentek
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
Frank Stanley
additional director of photography
Syd Stembridge
weapons consultant
Phil Stern
still photographer
Ty Suehiro
Bill Sutton
Frank Tallman
Mary Ellen Trainor
associate to the producer
Rand R. Vargas
Ron Vargas
first assistant camera
Theresa Volpe Laursen
assistant wardrobe: women
John G. Wilson
executive in charge of production
John Wright
Don Yamasaki

Miscellaneous Companies:

Freeze Frame
Pickwick Public Relations
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:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Film Negative Format:
35 mm
Printed Film Format:
35 mm / 70 mm


  • Captain Wild Bill Kelso: War nerves? Who said war nerves?
    The Patron: I heard it on that radio there.
    [Kelso shoots the radio.]
    Captain Wild Bill Kelso: Radio's wrong.
  • Captain Wild Bill Kelso: Kid, you gotta get that sub.
    Wally Stephens: What sub?
    Captain Wild Bill Kelso: The Jap sub.
    Wally Stephens: Where?
    Captain Wild Bill Kelso: The ocean, lame-o.
  • Captain Loomis Birkhead: [to Donna] It's big. The biggest one here. You know what else? It's got a lot of range. You know what I mean by range, don't you? I mean it can stay up for a long time. A very long time. And it's built firm and solid. Because it has to be. Because of its tremendous forward thrust. And when this baby delivers its payload... devastating.
  • [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.
  • Colonel "Madman" Maddox: To Hollywood... and glory!


  • Spielberg exposed one million feet of film over 247 shooting days.
  • Spielberg has revealed that he almost made this film a musical.
  • The gas station where Captain Wild Bill Kelso (John Belushi) lands to refuel was the same one used in Steven Spielberg's movie Duel. Lucille Benson, who plays the gas station owner, appeared in Duel as the Snakerama owner at the same station.
  • 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.
  • James Caan has a cameo in the USO fight scene.

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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