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The Making of '1941' (1996)

A non-narrated documentary, told mainly in interviews with the filmmakers, on the making of the cult comedy classic, featuring outtakes, rare behind-the-scenes home movies, and trivia facts.


Laurent Bouzereau


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Spielberg ... Himself
John Milius ... Himself
Robert Zemeckis ... Himself
Bob Gale ... Himself
Michael Kahn ... Himself
John Belushi ... Himself (archive footage)
Eddie Deezen ... Himself (archive footage)
John Williams ... Himself
William A. Fraker ... Himself
Perry Lang ... Himself (archive footage)
Treat Williams ... Himself (archive footage)
Bobby Di Cicco ... Himself (archive footage)
John Candy ... Himself (archive footage)
Frank McRae ... Himself (archive footage)
A.D. Flowers A.D. Flowers ... Himself


Although not as popular as some of Steven Spielberg's other films, 1941 (1979) was nevertheless an important step in the legendary director's development. This documentary takes a look behind the scenes at the making of the 1979 comedy, with interviews of the cast and crew, as well as archive footage of John Belushi and the rest of the stars as they took part in this small piece of film history. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Release Date:

28 May 1996 (USA) See more »

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Así se hizo '1941' See more »

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Universal Home Video See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This documentary is featured on the Collector's Edition DVD for 1941 (1979), released in 1999. See more »

Alternate Versions

Title cards and closing credit are cut from Blu-ray release. See more »


References Patton (1970) See more »

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Fascinating Behimd the Scenes of a Huge Comedy
24 August 2017 | by davidm-14See all my reviews

In the late 70' Steven Spielberg could do no wrong, so, after Close Encounters, he joined up with John Milius and the two Bobs (Bob Gale and Bob Zemeckis) to make a huge-budgeted film about the reactions of the US west cost just after Pearl Harbor. The result is 1941, a film which tanked, however, like almost all star-filled comedies (It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, for example) are among my favorite films.

This documentary (from some of the comments made, this was produced for the laserdisc version of this film) is the result. Everyone looks so young, but the memories - combined with home movie footage - are priceless. If you like behind the scenes stories, this is extraordinary.

Don't look for the stars too much (which is a shame, because so many of them have since died), this is all about the production itself (writing special effects, casting, directing and producing). Highly recommended.

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