Hysteria grips California in the wake of the bombing of Pearl harbour as an assorted group of defenders attempt to make the coast defensible against an imagined Japanese invasion in this big budget, big cast comedy. Members of a Japanese submarine crew scout out the madness. —IMDb
Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood’s best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1946. He went to California State University Long Beach, but dropped out to pursue his entertainment career. He gained notoriety as an uncredited assistant editor on the classic western “Wagon Train” (1957). Among his early directing efforts were Battle Squad (1961), which combined World War II footage with footage of an airplane on the ground that he makes you believe is moving. He also directed Escape to Nowhere (1961), which featured children as World War Two soldiers, including his sister Anne Spielberg, and The Last Gun (1959), a western. All of these were short films. The next couple of years, Spielberg directed a couple of movies that would… read more
This movie's awesome. I don't care if the story is a confused, jumbled mess, it's still one helluva wild ride. It's the type of comedy I love; a vast epic that throws everything it can and will put into it. The result is some of the zaniest, most well-directed gags I've ever seen in a film before. Basically, it gives me exactly what I to see, spectacularly mindless violence and slapstick. And, boy, does it pay off.
Unfortunately buried by the success of his other movies, "1941" is an energetic, fun and manic treading of waters from Spielberg. Is it "E.T.", "Raiders" and "Jaws"? No. But with the right frame of mind, you'll be in for some wonderfully destructive set-pieces (no CG to be seen!) At least the jokes in this are better than what he would attach his name to years later: http://youtu.be/Z19wRlSVJEs
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