Favorite Xmas Scene Theatre: 1941 (1979)

Technicolor Dreams

A week after the debut of STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE came another big budget anticipated Christmas release, Steven Spielberg’s 1941. Influenced by ANIMAL HOUSE (John Landis appears as a dusty motorcycle courier), Spielberg wanted to try his own hand at broad raunchy comedy, with a script by proteges Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale with a story by John Milius. Ostensibly based on a true event about a Japanese submarine sighting off the coast off Los Angeles after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the film became the closet thing to a modern all-star IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD epic ever lensed, for bad or good. And judging by the film’s critical and commercial response, some might pick for bad. Even Spielberg acknowledges it’s a mess, but O’ What A Glorious Mess. This is one of the most eclectic casts ever assembled for a movie, from John Belushi to…

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