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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! 1941 is a fascinating movie, especially to Spielberg fantatics like me. Picture yourself in his shoes. The year is 1978 and you’re the boy with the golden touch. Kid Midas. You’ve made three theatrical films and on two of them either you or your picture have been nominated for best picture or director. They’ve all won critical and box office acclaim. You’ve found your close collaborators. From John Williams to Michael Kahn and together you can do no wrong. You’ve made a horror/adventure, a family drama/sci-fi flick and the world eats it up. Then comes 1941. You want to do a broad, epic comedy the likes of which the world hasn’t seen since IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD. You cast the biggest and brightest up and coming comedians. John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, etc. You bring in people you’ve always wanted to work with. Christopher Lee, Toshiro Mifune, Warren Oates, Elisha Cook Jr., Slim Pickens, Sam Fuller. And you swing for the fences. Why not? You can do no wrong. Then, a year later, 1941 comes out and flops with critics and audiences. It’s a fascinating movie and in many ways there’s a lot of himself on that screen. Hell, the movie opens with a JAWS throwback. He lampoons himself in the opening sequence. I love the movie, but it’s a trainwreck. When it hits it’s amazing. When it misses, it’s a very loud thud. But I love the sincerity of the movie. John Williams’ score is incredible. And that cast is unbelievable. The reason I’m connecting this photo to yesterday’s Raiders pic isn’t just due to the similarities between the shots (both involve periscopes, water and Spielberg) or the director connection, but because without 1941 Raiders of the Lost Ark wouldn’t exist. At least not as we know it. 1941 served as a big ego check for Spielberg. He could do wrong. He could misdeliver a movie. The film was so massive it went out of control. The budget went higher and higher, the shoot went way over and unlike when that happened on JAWS the movie didn’t come out the other end unscathed. It was because of the failure of this movie that he put restrictions on himself with Raiders of the Lost Ark. He took less money than he could have gotten, he shot with less days than he could have gotten… in short, he was strict with himself. If he couldn’t get what he wanted, he figured out a creative solution. As a result Raiders of the Lost Ark is lean, man. That film just moves. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel that he lost anything with these self-imposed restraints. So, here’s a shot from 1941 submitted by a reader named “Greekgeek.” It’s obviously a scanned picture and if anyone can pinpoint the magazine that got the image let me know and I’ll attribute it to them. Here’s the pic, involving Spielberg shooting a scene he’s already done before, but instead of poor Susan Backlinie being eaten by a shark, this time she’s surprised by a submarine! Click for the bigger version!

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic will take the cannoli. See ya’ then! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Dr. No
- The Twilight Zone
- Once Upon A Time In The West
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke in Wampa Cave)
- Edward Scissorhands
- The Warriors
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Requiem for a Dream
- The Princess Bride
- Hard Boiled
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- They Live
- The Empire Strikes Back (Tippet with Wampa)
- Dirty Harry
- Stark Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Blade Runner
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (Periscope Ride)

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  • Sept. 18, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST

    MORE Spielberg pics!!

    by RPLocke

    And from a movie I haven't seen.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST


    by MeMyselfAndNy_aaan


  • Sept. 18, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST

    This is the most boring article on this site.

    by MeMyselfAndNy_aaan

    And thats hard to do. Congrats.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST


    by oaser

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Spielberg's bad movies r the worst movies ever

    by professorjack

    i like a lot of Spielberg's movies, but when he makes a bad one, he makes a BAD one. Terminal, Hook, A.I., 1941, Always, War of the Worlds, his segment in the Twilight Zone movie..just shit. Id legitimately put his worst in competition as worst of all time

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    John Williams' "1941 March" is fantastic.

    by Tacom

    The film itself might not be that great but that theme by Williams is great. I love it.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Jesus Palomino! A Nazi!

    by mrbeaks

    I knew it! You're all in cahoots!

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Professor Jack

    by lochkray

    Interesting list of "Bad" Spielberg movies. I could debate a couple of them, but I'd rather applaud the inclusion of The Terminal. Man was that movie bad in its banality. Boring, without any redeeming entertainment value (save for, maybe, ninety seconds worth of entertaining Tom Hanks schtick - in a 2+ hour movie!). It just wasnt that interesting a story. I think I blocked out of my mind that it was Spielberg who directed it. Sure there are worse movies, and worse Spielberg movies, but there's something about that flick that makes me wonder what the hell all those talented people were thinking when they decided to do a movie about a guy stuck in an airport for a year. The very concept reeks of lacking any compelling factors. How much more of a sterile setting could you come up with?

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Always was the worst Spielberg movie I've

    by RPLocke

    sat through. Yikes, that was some boring shit.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    The Terminal is a fine film...

    by jjwalrus

    Not Spielberg's usual type of film. It should be really boring, but somehow it's not. I beleive it was Ebert who said that the Terminal would be regarded more fondly as the years go by. I agree.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Myth - it wasn't a flop,

    by catlettuce4

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Strange that he can do comedy moments, but not a full-on

    by Mr Nicholas

    Comedy movie.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST

    I enjoyed 1941

    by King Sweyn Forkbeard

    And I don't care who disagrees.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:03 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    You money post people always make me laugh. It barely broke even.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:06 p.m. CST

    GREAT PHOTO!!! And my brief thoughts on the film....

    by dasheight

    WOW. I've never seen that anywhere. Fantastic post. Thanks Okay, so the film: It's an INCREDIBLY frustrating movie for me to watch, because there are some fantastic sequences in it (the ferris wheel scene is still, in my opinion, one of Spielberg's best), and the concept of the film was so brilliant. Some of the movie's biggest problems, in my opinion, have to do with dichotomies: the cinematography is incredible - the look of the film is just wonderful, in every respect - but the cinematography it's SO sumptuous, detailed and beautiful to behold that it just overwhelms the impact of the comedy - it's hard to play a scene for laughs when you're so busy marveling at the beauty of what's been arranged in the shots; every scene that's played for laughs that should be focused on the laugh - a line, or an exchange, etc. - is shot with way too much background action; it's as if Spielberg were trying to jam every thought he had into a shot or a scene, rather than choosing what would work best, or choosing to focus on what was moving a scene forward, or focusing on a gag. In addition, there just isn't a strong enough central character for the audience to latch onto to guide them through the film - which would be IMPERATIVE for a film like this, and what, I think, is what causes it to feel, ultimately, so chaotic and out-of-control. Casting, for me, in this sense, is a big issue with the movie. I don't see the film as a "failure", or a BAD film - it's always fascinating to watch it - the action set-pieces are highly inspired, Belushi is fantastic, and some of the scenes are perfect - I think that what throws the film off is three-fold: Cinematography: while brilliant, not conducive to a Sturges-inspired comedy. Casting: the lead(s) aren't strong enough, and the characters aren't well-drawn enough to lead you through the cacophony without feeling like your compass broke halfway through. Discipline: not enough discipline on Spielberg's part when it came to choosing one good idea as opposed to throwing ten ideas into one scene - that's a very important thing for a director to be good at when making a comedy. Spielberg became MUCH better at that in the movies that followed. I watch it about once every two years, when I've forgotten about it - I like to revisit. It really is a case study in a film that works well on so many levels, but doesn't on so many as well. There really needs to be a course on it in a film department.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST

    I have always loved 1941

    by I Max U Mini

    It is perhaps Spielberg's most illogically panned film. The set pieces are pure genius! The planes rushing through LA, Slim Pickens on the sub, the fabulous USO dance. Yes, a few missteps here and there, but loads of entertainment in between.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST


    by dasheight

    Williams' score is also one of his best.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST


    by scrote

    ...for me is his worst movie

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Spielbergs biggest flaw is *excess*

    by Rameses

    He's just not subtle in any way.if he does a war film , he overdoes the gore and violence , a comedy ends up overblown and loud.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Hollywood!!! Hollywood!!!

    by ObiBen

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST

    & Kick The Can from

    by scrote

    The Twilight Zone movie...pure schmaltz...

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    It's sad that Dreamworks took over Amblin.

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST


    by ObiBen

    Is far from genious, but has a few moments. Great model work in this, though.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Come to think of it...

    by scrote

    'Always' was pretty shoddy too...

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:18 p.m. CST

    "Hook", btw, is MUCH worse than "1941".

    by dasheight

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST

    The Terminal is quite good

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    It has a very political subtext and is quite a cool idea for a film, having it take place entirely in an enclosed area. It has two big faults - one is that it's far too long for what it is, and the second is that it dissolves into the usual Spielberg treacle as it goes on. But the first half of the film is very witty and clever.<p>Spielberg's true worst are the overblown disasters Hook and the above mentioned 1941, and the lazy cash-ins The Lost World and that other one...the one with the 100 year old fella with the hat and whip who hides from nuclear blasts in fridges.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    I always thought it was Lucas, not Spielberg...

    by GrabtharsHammer

    ...who put the "restrictions" on the Raiders shoot; insisting on moving quickly from shot to shot, only doing a few takes of each, coming in under budget, and in essence, shooting the movie like the Saturday Morning Serials it was emulating.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Watching 1941...

    by Ronald Raygun like hanging out with someone who has done alot of coke. And no, that wasn't a cheap shot at Belushi. I agree that there's still a lot to like about it, though.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Turd the Terminal is based on a true story

    by KilliK

    i saw that guy in the airport in the news a few months ago.i think he finally got his passport or something.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Ford's dysentary

    by scrote

    ...definitely helped with the 'speed' of the

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    This movie is so loud...

    by KnightShift

    ...that Spielberg had to fire a shotgun on the set instead of yelling "Cut!" because otherwise nobody could hear him. Yeah this film is a trainwreck in too many ways, but gotta love the heart that went into it.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST


    by KilliK


  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST

    JUST got his passport?

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    What? Was he living in the airport for 10 years or something? Good grief.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST

    And since we're talking Spielberg's worst...

    by Ronald Raygun

    I think Amistad is the worst, simply because it's like a two hour History Channel special with big stars in it. With the exception of Djimon Hounsou, there's no heart. I think of that film and I picture Spielberg with his arms outstretched saying "Oscar please". Plus, it has the (at the time) flavor of the month actor Matthew Maconahay horribly miscast as a 19th century lawyer.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST

    18 years to be more precise

    by KilliK

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Kudos, GrabtharsHammer

    by Bronx Cheer

    By working with Lucas as his producer, Spielberg worked under constraints that were lacking for the wunderkind on 1941. Say what you want about Lucas' direction and writing, especially later in his career, but he's a first-rate producer, one of the best in the US film industry's history (taking into account that it's a business, and the goal of business is to make big profits.)

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Tin Tin

    by scrote

    ...i'll lay odds that this'll go the same way HOOK, ALWAYS and THE TERMINAL will go too

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Are we talking about the same Spielberg . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . who produced Gremlins?

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST

    ..marginally forgotten...

    by scrote

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST

    War Horse may be another schmaltzy dud

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    I hope not, but there's a high possibility. The days of Spielberg pumping out instant classics are long gone unfortunately.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    War of the Worlds

    by thommcg

    In fairness, it was quite good up until Tim Robbins shows up in it.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    MUNICH was awesome tho

    by scrote

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Gremlins 2 was better than Gremlins.

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    The Berg has many a shoddy film under his beard

    by Kain_Bloodstone

    You can divide his bad films into the "train wrecks" (1941, Hook, The Terminal) the "mis-fires" (A.I, Amistad, Always, The Color Purple, WOTW) and the "lazy sequels" (The Lost World, KOTCS). Added to that is a plethora of run-of-the-mill popcorn flicks like Last Crusade, Minority Report, Jurassic Park and Catch Me If You Can.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 6:11 p.m. CST

    I'm A Bug! Bzzzzz!

    by deelzbub

    That scene where Dan Ackroyd puts the pantyhose and oranges over his eyes cracks me up just thinking about it. <p> I nominate that for Ackroyd's funniest moment on film, ever.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    If I had to choose between watching...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    Hook and 1941... I'd watch 1941; but I'd really rather just read a book.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Haw-we-wood! Haw-we-wood!

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Count me amoung the 1941 fans

    by Hammond_Cheese

    I've always loved over-the-top farce like It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World and The Great Race, so I guess that's why I like 1941 as well.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    I've never seen this movie

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    I should check it out sometime, simply for film history, I love to see movies considered bad

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 7:17 p.m. CST


    by floggy bottom

    had the seeds of Back to the Future and Stripes. That's gotta count for something.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST


    by fuzzy_dunlop

    Suck a dick. This shit is interesting, and a fun way to get glimpses of the process. If you're only interested in the final product, be a good consumer and watch shit--stay off a site dedicated to the entire craft.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Among Spielberg's misfires, "Hook" takes the cake

    by Nic_Cages_Real_Hair

    What a soulless, undisciplined mess of a movie. "1941" shines in comparison

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Hook was bad, but the bad Spielberg movies

    by RPLocke

    are much better than most of Burton's junk.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Reminded me of this Jack Nicholson quote

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    In Michael Ciment's KUBRICK: "I heard Spielberg say that Kubrick thought that 1941 was great, but not funny!"<p>I would have to agree. Beautiful film, but kinda rough around the edges. I do find some of it funny though. Just not as funny as it wanted or needed to be.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 8:40 p.m. CST

    I really

    by ComSamVimes

    Had a hard time making it through 1941. It's so forced. Also, every-time people gripe about Hook, I go back and watch it to see why...I don't know...I might be the only one in the world who actually likes that movie. Not his best by a long shot...but I still really enjoy it.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST


    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    "It barely broke even."<br>Do you mean domestically? If so, then you are wrong as usual. With a budget of $35 million it only made $31,755,742 domestically. So no breaking even there. If you meant worldwide you'd also be wrong, as it made $92,455,742 overall.<br>

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    Then how could it be a hit?

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST

    No one said it was "a hit"

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    starwarrior was merely pointing out that it was "NOT a flop". To which you replied that "it barely broke even". And now you bring in this idea of 1941 being "a hit". Something that no-one was arguing. Which leads us to the fact that you are either an idiot or a troll. Or an "Idiot Troll" if you prefer.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Flawed - but still love it

    by StrokerAce

    This flick has always reminded me of a two hour long trailer; the pacing is just blinding fast throughout the entire picture. It's just set piece after set piece after set piece - but hardly any connective tissue. Still, there's a ton of fun to be had here - even though it's a train wreck, it's hard not to have a good time with it. It's one of those films I have a really hard time passing over when I happen to be channel surfing. Sue me.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 9:04 p.m. CST


    by McSatan

    Love the pics, and I love AMAD. Keep it up. Saw 1941 in the theater the week it opened and loved it. Watched it again recently and the great moments far outweigh any flaws. Fuck the haters. "Destroy that industrial complex!"

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Show the Pic Rick Baker as Kong on Set

    by MST3KPIMP

    Baker visited the 1941 set in his Kong suit and was photographed playing with the ferris wheel they built. Its on the DVD stills portion.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 9:07 p.m. CST


    by jameskpolk

    I liked Always...<br><br>What the fuck was so bad about Always?

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST

    I hate how Belushi is shoehorned into 1941

    by MST3KPIMP

    "Ya let's put Bluto in a plane and cut back to him throughout the film and have him do wacky shit like break beer bottles so people will think it's Animal House 2"

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Schindler's List = emotional pornography

    by Shalako

    So says David Mamet.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 10:04 p.m. CST


    by mrplowking

    Fuck the haters (who, apparently, always gotta hate)... "1941" rules. It's simply one of the funniest, most entertaining comedies ever. I will defend this thing til the day I die. The film looks beutiful (bring on the extended edition blu-ray, goddamit), the music is some of Williams' greatest and the sprawling set-pieces awe inspire. How can you not love Japs disguised as X-mas trees!?!? Shit films are the "Disaster/Epic/Superhero Movie" abortions Fox puts out on a regular basis, not "1941." I love every fucking minute of this film. And, by the way, "Hook" is actually Spielberg's worst, and you all know it. I swear, I don't know how many times I've tried to watch that thing.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 10:10 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    YOU brought it up! I think even Mr. Guy on the street knows this movie was a flop.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 10:14 p.m. CST

    finished Mamet's True and False

    by Star Hump

    a month ago. He's sharp no doubt but he's also full of shit. Writer-itis. Mamet ain't all he's billed to be.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 10:22 p.m. CST

    I did no such thing

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    Not once did I mention or imply that this film was "a hit". YOU are the one who brought that up. I was only stating the fact that it more than broke even worldwide. And did not break even domestically. Proving your statement utterly wrong and misinformed on both counts. Making a profit is not flopping. Losing money is. Now if you mean it flopped "critically" then you might have a point.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 10:23 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    OMG! You're STILL arguing? Does it even matter anymore 20 years later?

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Nancy Allen's Silk Stockings

    by Cagliostro

    That's all.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Just proving you wrong

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    There is no argument. You just like to twist shit afterward as usual. Stop trying to put words in other peoples mouths like you're stuffing those twinkies into yours. You are always wrong.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 10:36 p.m. CST

    In 2050 Steven Spielberg Jr. will make

    by InActionMan

    an uproarious comedy about the terror that gripped America after 9/11 called "2001". <P> Har DEe Har Har <P> NOT!

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 10:44 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    Sure thing George Bush.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Whatever that was supposed to mean

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    There you go with your little Ralph Wiggum act again.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Bad speilberg films are still watchable..

    by Six Demon Bag

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 11:05 p.m. CST

    I will not stand for the HOOK hate..

    by Six Demon Bag

    Fuck..the next I hear you guys will say that empire of the sun was horrible.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 11:09 p.m. CST

    41 is fine!

    by Le Phantom

    It has been hip for Hollywood, critics and even Spielberg to bash this film, but they are all wrong! Fuck the budget and stories, at the end of the day this is a damned funny movie!

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 11:09 p.m. CST


    by Galactic

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Oh there you are Peter!!

    by Six Demon Bag

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Dianne Kay ...

    by TrueLies

    ... was in 1941. She was beautiful in that movie. Lots of good scenes, but the USO dance is my favorite.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 11:32 p.m. CST

    i love many lines

    by Star Hump

    when i get hammered and read aicn. here is a nice one<p> "Stop trying to put words in other peoples mouths like you're stuffing those twinkies into yours."

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 11:34 p.m. CST

    The Edge was to be called "Bookworm"

    by Star Hump

    Mamet lost that battle. Fucking bookworm. What a mook

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Love the music... Not a fan of the film.

    by Chewtoy

    Bum-bump, badda badda bum bum, badda badda bum bum, badda badda bum bah!

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 11:57 p.m. CST

    1941 suffers...

    by Rip_Haight

    ...from 100% less Dennis Dun.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 12:14 a.m. CST


    by nolan bautista

    ..i whole-heartedly agree. 1941 rocks..lots of good scenes(USO fight,airplanes flying over Hollywood Blvd,ferris wheel and the Ned Beatty scene w/ the big gun!,etc)and good lines(trapped like beavers!,Hollywood!,fire at that industrial structure!)

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 12:27 a.m. CST

    The best thing about this movie is the score

    by thelordofhell

    The rest is a trainwreck

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Good writeup, and it's a dichotomy between Spielberg and Lucas

    by JT Kirk

    Spielberg recognized his limitations and attacked them as challenges. Lucas ignored his limitations and was so wounded by his challenges on the first Star Wars that he made sure with his powerful money that he'd never have to suffer challenges again. Spielberg has gone on to direct or and produce scores of well-thought-of films while Lucas has become a reclusive flop who rarely pokes his head out of the sand. <p>Anyway, I liked 1941, but it needed another pass in writing, and a tighter edit based on a little more vision.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 12:28 a.m. CST

    I remember a hell of a long time ago

    by RPLocke

    I was at Universal Studios and they had "How we film Miniatures" show and they used the actual miniatures of the Ferris wheel, etc, from 1941 in the show.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 12:36 a.m. CST

    I like 1941

    by disfigurehead

    Hook sucks.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 12:38 a.m. CST

    1941 is one of Spielberg's worst films...

    by BadWaldosRevenge

    Chaotic, incoherent, irritating, overtly farcical, and just plain nauseating to sit through. Strangely, Kubrick called Spielberg to tell him he liked 1941, and they struck a friendship that lasted until Kubrick's unfortunate death. I guess Kubrick likes some shit films - that is, some films that are so bad they're good, and 1941 might be more to his taste for kitsch. And I've never seen Wars of the World re-make because a co-worker called it "total garbage".

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 12:44 a.m. CST


    by frank cotton

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 1:26 a.m. CST

    AI was pretty shit, too

    by RPLocke

    And that was sort of a Speilberg Kubrick thing.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 1:26 a.m. CST

    I loved 1941

    by GhostofCicero

    when I was a kid. I must have seen the movie at least two dozen times. I haven't seen it in more than twenty years though so I don't know what my opinion of it would be now.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Woah now, woah now

    by caruso_stalker217

    I thought ALWAYS was pretty good. Fucking kicks GHOST's ass all over town.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 2:05 a.m. CST

    All those who blame Spielberg for KOTCS

    by hawggie

    Remember, he and Ford kept arguing with George Lucas for years about the crap he wanted in there. Finally they gave up and went with Lucas' ideas just to get the film made before Harrison Ford was too old to don the fedora again.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 2:12 a.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    Remember how Frank Darabont had an Indy 4 script that never got to production and how some elements of that were used for Indy 4?

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 2:14 a.m. CST

    I Hate When People Say a Movie Frustrates Them...

    by The_Floating_Skull_of_Robert_Loggia

    A movie is a movie. You either love it, like it, are indifferent, or hate it. It's not a puzzle. It's not a fucking Rubik's Cube. It's a movie. "FRUSTRATION: Feeling or expressing distress and annoyance, esp. because of inability to change or achieve something". If a movie frustrates you, real life's going to tear you a new asshole.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 2:21 a.m. CST

    so tomorrow's pic is from MICKEY BLUE EYES?

    by Tigger Tales

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 2:27 a.m. CST

    How about a Sugarland Express pic?

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 2:56 a.m. CST

    watched it for the first time...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...the other day. loved it.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 3:13 a.m. CST

    The best thing about Hook

    by King Sweyn Forkbeard

    Was Hoffman and Hoskins. They played it in an almost Pantomime style and nailed it IMO. The rest of the film is just dull.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 3:37 a.m. CST

    1941 and Raiders are his best films...

    by Ecto-1

    ...and thay are also two of my all time fave films ever. I can't pick any faults with 1941, I simply love everything about it. On the dvd Spielberg talks about how he wanted John Wayne for the role of General Stilwell but once Wayne had read the script he was real angry with Spielberg for wanting to make a movie like this as he said it was un-american! I love how in 1941 some of the music from The Quiet Man was used for the big fight between the army and the navy recruits. This must be a fave of his as it's referenced in E.T as well.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 5:19 a.m. CST


    by Star Hump

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 5:20 a.m. CST

    monkey nets

    by Star Hump

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Hook's best line..

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    "..they will be flung into the doors of your children's children's children".<p>Plus Smee using the ear wax on Hook's moustache always gets me.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Hook's Best Exchange..

    by David_Lynch_Wears_Socks_In_The_Shower

    "To die would be a great adventure." "Death is the only adventure you have left."

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 7:53 a.m. CST

    And by the way

    by David_Lynch_Wears_Socks_In_The_Shower

    "Always" does not suck. It doesn't always come together, but it swings for the fences over and over again. The firefighting sequences are knockouts, the cinematography is gorgeous, Dreyfuss and Hunter (especially Hunter) are fantastic. Dreyfuss's monologue at the end is one of the simplest and best speeches I've ever heard in a film. Writing is hard, but writing simple and true is the hardest. Great movie, unfairly maligned.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 8:07 a.m. CST

    I'll take 1941...

    by Logan_1973

    over AI and CRYSTAL SKULL any day.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Did you know that Traditional Mohel Circumcisions

    by TheJudger

    involve the Mohel sucking the blood from the infants penis their mouth after it's been circumsized. They do this to stop the bleeding.<P> I just found this out. I am totally disturbed. It's burned into my head. Long beared men with sideburn coils sucking the Little JJ's and Steves cock when they were circ'd. <P> I know the practice is not sexual in nature and it's done this way because that's how it had to be done in the old days when we didnt have doctors and hospitals and such, but still it is very disturbing. I mean if you're a Traditional Hardcore by the book Mohel- You suck baby dinks. I vote for more Women Mohels!

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Always is a good movie

    by TheJudger

    I fucking cried when I saw it as a kid- so fuck you haters!

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Can't believe people call Crystal Skull his worst...

    by darthwaz1

    when he's put out shit like this, Always and Hook. I actually enjoy Skull quite a bit! I even have it on bluray! However, I really believe Spielberg's BEST work is Duel, hands down.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST


    by UltraTron

    In another universe Spielberg and Zemetkis directed Avatar.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST

    darthwaz1 says:

    by UltraTron

    I actually enjoy Skull quite a bit! I even have it on bluray! However, I really believe Spielberg's BEST work is Duel, hands down. The only reason you didn't win the nerd bucket with that statement is because it's being refilled with Alf pogs at the moment.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST

    I agree judger- effective immediately- I UltraTron,

    by UltraTron

    have officially abolished all world religion. Anyone who disagrees need merely read judger's post. There. Now we can all start thinking.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST

    "The boo box."

    by HansBubi


  • Sept. 19, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST


    by darthwaz1

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Quint is right about 1941 leading to Raiders

    by OutsideChance

    ...I distinctly remember reading an interview with Speilberg at the time (either in Starlog or Mediascene) where he admitted he'd been undisciplined while making 1941 and, therefore, was forcing himself to relearn restraint with Raiders, including extensive use of storyboards to insure he had a shot he wanted before the cameras rolled.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Spielberg's Direction

    by Munro Kelly

    This film may not work as a whole but you can't deny that he wasn't in top form with his camera work, on this film. William A. Fraker ASC, did a great job with the photography but the compositions, camera movement and actor's blocking was all Spielberg.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    That's all there is to say about it.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST

    AI is nowhere near as bad

    by ObiBen

    as some pretend. It's a fine SciFi twist on Pinocchio and very well done imho. Funny nobody ever mention Jurassic Park as one of Spielberg's weakest movie, which feels to me like a 2 hours Happy Meal trailer (except for the kitchen scene).

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Hook

    by ObiBen

    Is it just me or Hoffman was chanelling Terry-Thomas in this?

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST


    by SmokingRobot

    Most over-rated director OF ALL TIME.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    "He lampoons himself in the opening sequence. "

    by gingerella

    Isn't that the entire fucking problem in a nutshell?

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST


    by ObiBen

    It's funny, I would replace "overrated" with "snobbed". I remember a critic in Cahier du Cinema saying that CE3K was "niais". Didn't prevent Truffaut from participating in it. But I see why you would say that. I guess we all take out different things from films.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Eddie Deezen

    by th3480

    Best actor ever.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Eddie Deezen line (while stuck in the Ferris Wheel)

    by nolan bautista

    "..trapped like beavers!"..always cracks me up..

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    It was pretty ballsy for Spielberg to to a big comedy

    by RPLocke

    since he only had a few hits under his belt back then. I bet the studio thought it was sure thing.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Lots of text to hide the boring picture.



  • Sept. 19, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Lucas Quote on 1941

    by Grinning White Skull

    I remember reading a quote by George Lucas at the time of the release of "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" about "1941" that went something like: "'1941' wasn't a badly directed movie. It was a really well-directed movie. The problem was it had a bad story." Ah, George. If only you remembered the same over time...

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Oh Judger,

    by Toilet_Terror


  • Sept. 19, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    If anything, the making of material is fascinating

    by Kamaji

    Every once in awhile I'll put on the DVD of '1941' and just veg out to the documentary on the making of the film, listening to how Bob Gale would do research in Los Angeles, Steven's thoughts for casting John Wayne as General Stillwell, and Wayne just being horrified at the 'un-patriotic' nature of the material. The film even made me speculate on a '1941-style' crazy movie based around the events of 9/11, when people were at the same heightened sense of insanity by some people. I had the idea of one guy who almost shoots his wife who has her hair wrapped in a towel, thinking that a member of the Taliban had infiltrated his suburban home.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    1941 and Temple of Doom. Two shitty Speilberg movies

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 9:52 p.m. CST

    So which is it Pominville?


    Up top you said you had never seen 1941. So did you watch it since then, or are you just talking out of your ass as usual?

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 10 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    hey fucktard, stop harrasing me you worthless pile of shit.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 10:08 p.m. CST

    It was an honest question


    If you don't like it, stop saying such stupid shit. It's that simple.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 10:10 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    It was just you thinking you were being a hot ass on a movie website.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Hot ass?


    Is that what you were looking for? There are other sites for that sort of thing you know.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 10:19 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    WTF are you talking about?

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 10:23 p.m. CST

    That was my question to you


    So have you seen 1941 or are you just trying to be a "hot ass" (to use your particularly Freudian parlance) on a movie website?

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 1:52 a.m. CST

    Love 1941

    by Ratphink

    I'm another that saw it the night it came out in the theater. Love it then and still love it. Bought the soundtrack the next day as well as the Heavy Metal comic novelization. You want to talk about outta control, if you've never see the Heavy Metal comic, it's a complete acid trip. It also contained all the stuff that had been cut out of the theatrical version at the time. Never saw that stuff until it eventually aired on the tube.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 6:19 a.m. CST

    I thought this article was great

    by SithMenace

    Just like all of the articles that accompany the BTS pics. Thanks Quint.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST

    "1941" fans?

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Me, too. And "Always" as well. I avoid "Hook" like the fucking HIV, though. But that may just be an age thing. My wife loves the shit outta "Hook."

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 8:33 a.m. CST

    "[S]top harrasing me?"

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Bwahahahahahaha! LOL! LMMFAO! "[S]top harrasing me?!?!?!?!?!?" ROFLMMFAO!!!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Hey, Six Demon re: "Hook"

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    I think this may be an age thing. You're close to my wife's age and, as I said, she adores that movie. (And what's up, brother! Good to see ya!)

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 8:43 a.m. CST


    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Dude, I think I love you. That fucking "up top you said you had never seen 1941" thing is fucking awesome, dude! Fucking awesome. I completely missed that myself.<p>First post, "MORE Spielberg pics!! And from a movie I haven't seem."<p>Then, four hours later, "1941 and Temple of Doom. Two shitty Speilberg movies by RPLocke!"<p>Bwahahahahahaha! Up top you said you had never seen 1941. "So did you watch it since then, or are you just talking out of your ass as usual?" LMMFAO!<p>RPLocke - busted, pwned, super pwned, then pwned like his momma gets bwned!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    hey bike..

    by Six Demon Bag

    yeah you're prolly right about no way is it a great film..but i think it is a perfect film, save the sluggish opening few scenes..but once it hits neverland..its magic..pure sugary magic..and the score, williams best of the 90s more than makes up for it..

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 8:50 a.m. CST

    always..and the terminal

    by Six Demon Bag

    if you understand that its speilbergs attempt at making a quiet little film...then you can appreciate it..nothing in that film screams BIG MOMENT..<P>for what it is,its a great film.<P>and the same could be said about the terminal..nothing overtly HUGE about the film, just a nice little quaint film in which the audience can thoroughly enjoy a few hours.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Also, STICKY

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Ask RP "Stop harrasing me" Locke (btw, it's one "r" and two "s"es, Locke) about the Wednesday after Iron Man II came out. Big weekend then Monday and Tuesday hit. Tuesday's numbers come out and, on Wednesday, RPLocke leaves this gem:<p>Dang, Iron Man 2 dropping like a rock<p> by RPLocke<p>May 12th, 2010<p> 07:30:24 PM<p> at the box office. It wont even be around in a few weeks. James Cameron must be laughing his ass off.<p>That was on the Wednesday after the movie came out. Iron Man II currently stands at $312 million dollars. Apparently, RPLocke makes a career out of talking out of his ass and, also apparently, he "loves" us "money post people" making him laugh, too.<p>It's said to be good to be able to laugh at yourself. If that's true, RPLocke ought to be in fucking primo shape from the workout he should be getting.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Love the score, Six Demon

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    (Got all the Williams stuff and it's in the playlist - plus, Empire of the Sun, too.) And appreciate the movie, too, but my wife talks about that one like she's me with Raiders!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    EMPIRE OF THE of his best..

    by Six Demon Bag

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    EMPIRE OF THE of his best..

    by Six Demon Bag

    if it wasnt for this film, he never wouldve had the balls to do his later dramatic works..

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 8:59 a.m. CST

    As an aside re: Terminal

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Whoever started that about "The Terminal" began his next sentence with "man." As in "man, I really dig Spielberg." So what I read is The Terminal Man. And I'm all like, fuck, that's Crichton and how the fuck did that get pulled into this. Took me a minute to see the "period" between Terminal and Man. But for a second there, I was completely fucking flummoxed.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Love, love, love Empire of the Sun

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Score, movie, everything. I fucking play "Toy Planes, Home, and Hearth" fucking constantly here. Wife is constantly amazed that's Christian Bale in that one.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 9:20 a.m. CST

    i really havent a problem with ANY of stevens films..

    by Six Demon Bag

    keep em coming..<P>i cant believe people are bombing on LOST WORLD..which i find more watchable than JP..though i blame that on more goldblum makes for a more pleasurable experience.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Never seen a Spielberg movie I hated

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    In my opinion, the worst one is still watchable as hell. Even when the topic ("Terminal") or the intended audience ("Hook") doesn't appeal to me or ISN'T me, I can still appreciate the hell outta his movies. Every last one of 'em.<p>And JP and Lost World? I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. "Spielberg + Crichton = Tru Luv 4 Evah!"

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:23 a.m. CST

    The first time my wife yelled, "Rufio!"

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    I thought she was talking 'bout the date rape drug! "Rufie, oh!" But I'm slow on the uptake. ;-)

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST

    I am a big Spielberg fan but........

    by Screwbini

    .....for me there is no worse film tha an unfunny comedy. Unfortunately, that is exactly what 1941 is. And that's a shame because it was beautifully filmed and had a great cast. But a comedy first and foremost MUST be funny. It wasn't.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Anyone heard from CHOPPAH?

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    I know some of you guys don't like him, but I consider The Choppah a good (albeit bugnuts) friend. <BR><BR> And TB seems so empty without him.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Talkback w/out CHOPPAH...

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Is like a Taxi episode without Reverend Jim. If Reverend Jim was overdosing on methamphetamines. ;-)

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Talkback without CHOPPAH =

    by ohsostupidlongassfuckingscreennames

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Talkback without CHOPPAH =

    by ohsostupidlongassfuckingscreennames

    75% less useless bullshit per square inch.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 5:06 p.m. CST

    RPLocke has psychological problems.

    by TedKordLives

    He can't get beat up and get off in the real world, so he comes here to get off on being berated. FACT.<P> No one is as ignorant as he purports to be. It's just not possible, not even in the idiocracy we find ourselves in today. <P>Whew. Just had to get that off my chest.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Lost World and BTTF 2 & 3

    by Stunt Vocalist 709

    Worst sequels EVER.<p> Lost World had so many stupid moments. Here's just one: OK, Big hungry dinosaur supposedly eats the skipper of the ship, leaving his arm on the wheel. Nice shot, but come on... Little wooden captain's 'bridge' (phone booth size, barely any room except for the wheel) that was untouched by the big dinosaur that still managed to eat the captain inside. This is just one of countless stupid things that ruined this movie. A ton of little carnavores would have been more interesting than one big dinosaur badly used.<p>BTTF: Back To The Future was a great story very well told. It had heart, purpose, and people you cared about. <p> At the end of the first film I was struck by the limitless possibilities of the sequels. Sadly, the makers of the sequels were not. It's as if they had no real idea what made the first film special, and no imagination with which to take the first film's set-up into more great story-telling. They completely trash the meaning of the first film by cartooning the characters. The first film was, at its heart, about how one person can make a real difference in the lives of the people he/she cares about. The sequels reduced the lead to a cut-out with a brand-new senseless 'anger management' issue. <p> Keeping all the side characters such as Biff was a huge waste. Redundant, redundant, redundant. And it was redundant. Badly re-hashed supporting characters served only to provide paychecks to the actors. <p> Think about what could have been. It could have been great, maybe even one of the best movie series ever. They could have gone anywhere and anywhen. Instead... what a (insert favorite expletive here) waste.<p> I refused to buy the three movie sets and waited until the first movie was available by itself. I prefer to live in a world where BTTF 2 and 3 were never made, but since their existence was thrown in my face through this talkback... Well, I just had to say something. I feel better now. Thanks.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 7:14 p.m. CST


    by Stunt Vocalist 709

    I had been on the fence about whether to watch 1941 until I was moved by your insightful detail-oriented post. I'm now going to Netflix it. Thank you.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 11:52 p.m. CST

    LMAO, Ted Kord Lives!

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    FACT! That shit was funny. And true. So very, very true.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 4:50 a.m. CST


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  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST

    I could never finish HOOK...and as to 1941...

    by JDanielP

    ...I remember seeing only a small bit of it on network television, as a kid. and laughing out loud. Hard to believe that I've never watched it. If only it had a new transfer on blu-ray, because I would actually buy it!