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]
Music by John Williams
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
Murray Hamilton
Claude Crumn
Christopher Lee
Captain Wolfgang Von Kleinschmidt
Tim Matheson
Captain Loomis Birkhead
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
John Landis
Corporal Mizerany
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)
James Caan
Sailor in Fight (uncredited)
Debbie Rothstein
USO Girl (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:

$35,000,000 (USA)
Color Info:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Cinematographic Process:
Film Negative Format:
35 mm
Printed Film Format:
35 mm / 70 mm


  • Sergeant Frank Tree: If there's one thing I can't stand seeing, it's Americans fighting Americans.
  • 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.
  • Colonel Akiro Mitamura: [To von Kleinschmidt] You can take your "Third Reich" and shove it up your ass!
  • [Reporting over the radio on a riot at the USO.]
    Raoul Lipschitz: Ladies and gentlemen, every where I look... soldiers are fighting sailors, sailors are fighting marines. Directly in front of me, I see a flying blond floozy. Everywhere I look, everywhere, pure pandemoninium -- pandemonium.
  • Sergeant Frank Tree: You know, this year wasn't *the* big year of the war, '41. I think the really big year is going to be 1942.
    General Joseph W. Stilwell: It's gonna be a long war.


  • James Caan has a cameo in the USO fight scene.
  • Spielberg has revealed that he almost made this film a musical.
  • 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.
  • 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 dialog between Claude and Herbie was written along the same lines as Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton. In fact, Jackie Gleason and Art Carney were offered the roles but Gleason refused, saying he would not and could not work with Carney any longer.

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)

back to the Film Archives

Questions, Comments?   Please Contact ASH
Movie Database Last Updated: Mar 27, 2017
You are visitor since 04 Oct 2017

page design & content copyright © 2024 Andrew S. Harris
1941 & Poster ™ & copyright © 1979 Universal City Studios, Inc. & Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.

Dolby and the the double-d symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation.
THX is a trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd.

return to