PG | | Action, Comedy, War
Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor.
The gas station that Wild Bill Kelso accidentally blows up early in this movie is the same one seen in Duel (1971), with Lucille Benson appearing as the proprietor in both movies.
On December 7, 1941, the Naval Air Arm of the Imperial Japanese Fleet, in a surprise attack, struck the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor and hurtled an unsuspecting America into World War II.
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During the general's speech at the airport, a number of WW2-era planes serve as a backdrop. Some new airliners and what seems to be a B-52 are visible in the background.
During the closing credits shooting explosions are seen.
The version released on network television and VHS/DVD/laserdisc is Spielberg's original director's cut, running 146 minutes, fleshing out sub-plots and characterizations, including:
English, Japanese, German, Spanish
$2,701,898 (USA) (16 December 1979)