Release Date 1979-12-14
Age Rating


1941 is a 1979 period comedy film directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, and featuring an ensemble cast including Dan Aykroyd, Ned Beatty, John Belushi, John Candy, Christopher Lee, Toshiro Mifune and Robert Stack. The story involves a panic in the Los Angeles area after the December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Although not as financially or critically successful as many of Spielberg's other films, it received belated popularity after an expanded version aired on ABC, and its subsequent home video reissues, raising it to cult status. Co-writer Gale stated the plot is loosely based on what has come to be known as the Great Los Angeles Air Raid of 1942 as well as the shelling of the Ellwood oil refinery, near Santa Barbara by a Japanese submarine. Many other events in the film were based on real incidents, including the Zoot Suit Riots and an incident in which the U.S. Army placed an anti-aircraft gun in a homeowner's yard on the Maine coast.

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Actors & Characters

Dan Aykroyd Dan Aykroyd Sgt. Frank Tree Sgt. Frank Tree
Ned Beatty Ned Beatty Ward Douglas Ward Douglas
John Belushi John Belushi Capt. Wild Bill Kelso Capt. Wild Bill Kelso
Lorraine Gary Lorraine Gary Joan Douglas Joan Douglas
Murray Hamilton Murray Hamilton Claude Crumn Claude Crumn
Christopher Lee Christopher Lee Capt. Wolfgang von Kleinschmidt Capt. Wolfgang von Kleinschmidt
Tim Matheson Tim Matheson Capt. Loomis Birkhead Capt. Loomis Birkhead
Toshiro Mifune Toshiro Mifune Cmdr. Akiro Mitamura Cmdr. Akiro Mitamura
Warren Oates Warren Oates Col. 'Madman' Maddox Col. 'Madman' Maddox
Robert Stack Robert Stack Maj. Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell Maj. Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell


William A. Fraker Cinematography
Steven Spielberg Director
Michael Kahn Editor
John Williams Music
Buzz Feitshans Producer
Bob Gale Writer
Robert Zemeckis Writer