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1941 (1979)

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It's December of 1941, and the people of California are in varying states of unease, ranging from a sincere desire to defend the country to virtual blind panic in the wake of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Thus begin several story threads that comprise the "plot" of this strange period comedy, a sort of satirical disaster movie, from Steven Spielberg. The stories and story threads involve lusty young men, officers (Tim Matheson) and civilians (Bobby Di Cicco) alike, eager to bed the young

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Action & Adventure, Comedy

Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale

Mar 23, 1999

MCA Universal Home Video

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (15) | DVD (6)

It may possibly be that Mr. Spielberg has chosen gigantic size and unlimited quantity as his comedy method in the awareness that he has no gift whatsoever for small-scale comic conceits.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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This wannabe satire of WWII is the first and one of the few commercial flops in Spielberg's otherwise distinguished and popular output.

January 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Screendaily
Screendaily

I love 1941. I don't apologize to you, or my fellow critics, or even Spielberg for that.

May 8, 2010 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Over the top Spielberg comedy, most noted for effects and Belushi.

April 20, 2007
Video-Reviewmaster.com

A loud, chaotic, overproduced comedy that's often more destructive than funny.

October 8, 2005
FulvueDrive-in.com

Everything bad about Spielberg in one bulging package.

September 23, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The most underrated film of Steven Spielberg's entire career.

November 29, 2002
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Not as bad as legend says, but still pretty bad.

July 26, 2002
Reno News and Review

It aims at screwball comedy and falls on its face.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Unworkable farce, it maybe, but it is also blessed with the buzz of brilliance.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Unjustly lambasted comic insanity.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Audience Reviews for 1941

Steven Spielberg's 1941 is an underrated comedy that is far better than what most people have said about it. The film has its weak points of course, but nonetheless is an amusing and entertaining picture that is sure to amuse anyone looking for a good little flick to watch. 1941 is a good film, one that has enough good material to make it worth seeing. Spielberg has made better films of course, but this is an enjoyable, underrated film from him. I found that there were quite a few comical moments on-screen, even if it wasn't hilarious, it was still nonetheless a funny, entertaining and watchable film that shouldn't be passed up. Although funny, at times, the material could have been better in order to make it a better, more memorable film. Enjoyable for what it is, almost to the point where the gags try to outdo the audacious scope of the film. In turn, some of the comic bits do suffer, and it's not as funny as it should be. I laughed quite a few times, but I really expected something more out of the film. 1941 boasts a great cast of talented actors that elevate the sometimes lacking material and Spielberg's direction more than makes up for what's missing in the movie. If you're looking for a great comedy, you won't find it here. The film, like I said, provides laughs, but leaves a lot to be desired after the credits start to roll. Worth seeing if you love Spielberg, just don't expect a highly memorable comedy. 1941 is fun, but flawed, but in the end, it's not as bad as what everyone has said about it.
October 29, 2013
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

A movie that at best should have been an hour and a half is dragged out for 2 1/2 and eventually wears the viewer's interest out. There's some nice period detail in the costuming and some sets but Spielberg didn't seem to be able to make whatever point he was trying to get across comedic or otherwise up onto the screen, this is one of his weakest efforts. A waste of a very impressive cast.
October 18, 2013
jjnxn
jay nixon

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Steven Spielberg's 1941 it doesn' t funny, but a few parts of the screenplay saves the film. The script of the duo Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale make some mistakes, the worst is the lack of comedy. Thus how the character of Tim Matheson and Nancy Allen, the ending went everybody laughs, and more few, are some of the most embarrassing scenes. The best is the direction of Mr.Spielberg, that commit some mistakes, the acting of Belushi and the great Toshiro Mifune. 1941 is full -lengh, super production not so bad, a satire with great pontetial, but dispite have great comedians, the material isn't funny and doesn't honor the presence of Belushi, Aykroyd and Candy.
April 23, 2013
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Considering the type of movies Steven Spielberg made about World War 2 in the last twenty years it's almost impossible to believe he is behind this action comedy. Following several characters through the chaos, paranoia and confusion of West Coast America after the attacks on Pearl Harbor, the film refuses to take war or even itself serious on any level. Everything is loud, hysterical and way over the top. That goes for characters like Belushi's Wild Bill as well as the action scenes that tailspin into pure chaos. The audience was not ready for that in 1979, and neither were the critics. But you can't help but admire Spielberg for being so silly for once, mocking own films like Jaws or Close Encounters while having a dozen of really deranged characters stumble through the havoc. That's pretty stupid most of the time, quite hilarious at others, but always extremely entertaining. It also helps that this film oozes the nostalgia of the early Spielberg films.
February 4, 2013
ironclad1609

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