Universal Studios (12/14/1979)
Comedy, War
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IMDB   5.9
146 mins USA / English
DVD  Region 1   PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Dan Aykroyd Sgt. Frank Tree
John Belushi Capt. Wild Bill Kelso
Tim Matheson Capt. Loomis Birkhead
Treat Williams
Nancy Allen
Ned Beatty Ward Douglas
Lorraine Gary Joan Douglas
Murray Hamilton Claude Crumn
Christopher Lee Capt. Wolfgang von Kleinschmidt
Toshiro Mifune
Warren Oates Col. Maddox
Robert Stack Maj. Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell
Bobby Di Cicco
Toshirô Mifune Cmdr. Akiro Mitamura
Mickey Rourke Reese
Michael McKean Willy
Lionel Stander Angelo Scioli
Dick Miller Officer Miller
Dub Taylor Mr. Malcomb
John Landis Mizerany
Mark Carlton Stilwell Aide
Steven Spielberg
Producer John Milius
Janet Healy
Writer Robert Zemeckis
John Milius
Cinematography Michael A. Fraker
Musician John Williams

Watching this director's cut, it's finally possible to see why the studio made Spielberg mercilessly hack up this comedy: it's a screaming movie (everyone screams a lot), and screaming movies do not need character development. So all those character-development scenes hit the cutting-room floor and, surprise, they were all critical to Spielberg's pace for the humor in this film. The screaming wasn't that funny then--and it still isn't--but what is funny are the reinserted development scenes, showcasing the now-evident sense of hysteria in the Los Angeles community, post-Pearl Harbor. A bunch of certified nitwits, and a few certified lunatics, act as if Tojo Hideki's entire Imperial force is just off the mainland. Actually, one Japanese submarine is, and it helps fuel the frenzy. John Belushi is Wild Bill Kelso, an insane fighter pilot, and Dan Aykroyd plays a conciliatory tank commander. Robert Stack's performance as General Stilwell, one of the best of the film, finally makes sense. Also fun for the numerous cameos, Spielberg's inside jokes, and John Williams's great score. --Keith Simanton
Edition Details
Edition Collector's Edition
Distributor Universal Studios
Chapters 60
Release Date 2/8/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color
Subtitles French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Discs/Tapes 1

Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby