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1941 is the 1979 World War II comedy directed by Steven Spielberg that follows the chaos surrounding a possible Japanese invasion off the coast of Los Angeles in the days following Pearl Harbor. Loosely inspired by an actual event, the film features an all-star cast which includes John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Warren Oates, Ned Beatty, Tim Matheson, Slim Pickens, Toshirô Mifune, Christopher Lee, Treat Williams, and Jaws veterans Murray Hamilton and Lorraine Gary. The film received mixed reviews and its box office results did not meet studio expectations. In the years since the film's release, and thanks to home video and heavy cable television play, the film has achieved a cult movie status.
The following weapons were used in the film 1941:
The M1911A1 is carried by several characters in the film including Capt. "Wild Bill" Kelso (John Belushi), Col. "Madman" Maddox (Warren Oates) and Captain Loomis Birkhead (Tim Matheson).
"Wild Bill" with his M1911A1 drawn
Col. "Madman" Maddox (Warren Oates
) holds the M1911A1 as he and his men encounter Kelso.
Captain Loomis Birkhead (Tim Matheson
) opens fire with the M1911A1 from his airplane.
Dennis rides the tank while holding the M1911A1.
Smith & Wesson Model 27
Herbie Kazlminsky (Eddie Deezen) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 27 while on the ferris wheel.
Smith & Wesson Model 27 with 4" barrel - .357 Magnum
Captain Wolfgang von Kleinschmidt (Christopher Lee) pulls his Walther P38 pistol while on the sub.
Walther P38 with black grips - 9x19mm
Closeup of the Captain's Walther.
Webley "WG" Model 1889
While cleaning her house, Joan Douglas (Lorraine Gary) finds a Webley "WG" M1889 revolver under a couch cushion.
Webley "WG" M1889 - .455 Webley/.476 Enfield
Joan Douglas finds a Webley "WG" M1889 under a couch cushion.
Joan holds the revolver, showing the other side of it.
The M1928A1 Thompson machine gun is used by US troops defending Los Angeles.
M1928A1 Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
US troops fire on a suspected enemy aircraft with their M1928A1's.
The soldier on the left is armed with the Thompson.
The soldiers armed with the Thompson.
Arisaka Type 38
Arisaka Type 38 rifles fitted with bayonets are seen in the hands of Japanese sailors that capture Hollis Wood (Slim Pickens).
Arisaka Type 38 rifle - 6.5x50mm Arisaka
Japanese sailors hold Hollis Wood captive with bayonet-fitted Type 38s.
A Remington 700 is used by Claude Crumn (Murray Hamilton) to take potshots at the Japanese sub from the ferris wheel. This was anachronistic for World War II; the Model 700 was not introduced until 1962.
Remington 700, 1970s production model - .308 Winchester
Claude Crumn, on the right, works the bolt of his anachronistic Remington 700 as Herbie Kazlminsky holds up his Winchester 1894.
U.S. soldiers are also armed with M1903 Springfield bolt-action rifles in the film.
The soldier on the right is armed with the Springfield.
Winchester Model 1894
A Winchester Model 1894 is used by Herbie Kazlminsky (Eddie Deezen) to take potshots at the Japanese sub from the ferris wheel.
Winchester Model 1894 - .30-30 Winchester
Herbie Kazlminsky poses with a Winchester 1894 on the left, as Claude Crumn works the bolt of a Remington 700.
12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun
A 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun is seen carried by Ward Douglas (Ned Beatty).
Charles Parker 1878 Side by Side Shotgun - 12 gauge.
Ward Douglas with his side-by-side shotgun.
Browning M2 Aircraft Heavy Machine Gun
The Browning M2 Aircraft heavy machine gun is seen used by US troops defending Los Angeles. These machine guns are also as well supposed to be the primary armament of Wild Bill's P-40, but when fired these appear to be mockups.
Browning M2 aircraft heavy machine gun - .50 BMG
A soldier mans the M2 Aircraft.
Firing the M2 into the air.
"Wild Bill" fires the guns mounted in the wing of his P-40. Note the strangely blue muzzle flash indicating these are acetylene-firing mockups.
Sgt. Frank Tree (Dan Aykroyd) fires the Browning M1917 freehand and when mounted on his tank. Later, Wally Stephens (Bobby Di Cicco) is seen using the tank's machine gun. Other Browning M1917 machine guns are manned by soldiers opening fire on the planes flying over Los Angeles.
Browning M1917 machine gun with tripod and ammo box - .30-06
A soldiers readies the M1917.
Frank holds the M1917 while addressing the fighting soldiers and sailors.
Frank fires the M1917 mounted on his tank.
A US Army soldier fires the Browning M1917 at a target flying over Los Angeles.
Wally Stephens fires the Browning.
Pvt. Ogden Johnson Jones (Frank McRae
) next to the Browning M1917.
Nambu Type 96
A Japanese sailor prepares to use a Nambu Type 96 Light Machine Gun on Wild Bill's plane, but forgets to load it.
Type 96 Light Machine Gun (minus magazine) - 6.5x50mm Arisaka
The unloaded Nambu Type 99.
The Nambu Type 99 with the magazine.
Bofors 40mm L/60
The Bofors 40mm Anti Aircraft gun is seen used by US troops defending Los Angeles as well as Ward Douglas (Ned Beatty). The latter is using the towed version.
Bofors 40mm L/60 AA gun in a Boffin mounting - 40×311mmR
Willy and Joe, the soldiers manning the Bofors 40mm
, are actors Michael McKean
and David Lander
, better known for their portrayals of "Lenny" and "Squiggy" in the ABC sitcom Laverne & Shirley
Bofors 40mm L/60 AA gun in a wheeled trailer mounting - 40x311mmR
Ward prepares to use the gun.