This a Covid-19 2020 minireview!
Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Sep 2020)
Brief Synopsis – In the days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, people living in California go a bit crazy expecting an invasion.
Bottom Line – Great idea that unfortunately doesn’t work as well as it could. Steven Spielberg crammed too much into this film and that hurts things far too much. The amount of characters and simultaneous story lines are far too abundant and the story lose focus because of it. The cast is amazing, but due to the overwhelming number of stars in this film, very few actually are able to stand out. John Belushi is probably the actor who stands out the most here due to his character’s eccentricities.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to co-writer Bob Gale in the DVD documentary, many of the events in the movie are based on real incidents. The Army really put an anti-aircraft gun in the yard of a homeowner on the Maine coast. A Japanese submarine shelled a refinery in Ellwood on the California coast on February 23, 1943. An air raid false alarm over Los Angeles resulted in Civil Defense and Army weapons firing into the air on the night of February 24 and 25, 1942, thinking they were being attacked by the Japanese. The infamous Zoot Suit Riots, between Hispanic youths and servicemen, took place in June 1943. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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