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1941 (1979)

March 16th, 2009 by Anne Richardson · 1 Comment · 1970's, Oregon film, Oregon film old definition, Oregon location (cameo)

Steven Spielberg’s WWII comedy, starring John Beluschi, Dan Ackroyd, Warren Oates, Robert Stack, Treat Williams, Toshiro Mifune, Ned Beatty, Christopher Lee, Penny Marshall, Slim Pickens and Patti Lupone, was infamously described by Vincent Canby as “about as funny as a 40 pound wristwatch.”

The opening sequence was shot at Cannon Beach.

Is it really so bad? See for yourself, but you might want to first read Dennis Cozzalio’s wonderful essay about John Williams’ score.

I hereby claim 1941 as an Oregon film under the old definition, based on the cameo appearance made by Haystack Rock.

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  • 1 Dennis Cozzalio // Mar 23, 2010 at 10:57 am

    I love 1941 without shame or reservation, and it’s wonderful to be reminded of the movie’s Oregon connection. I always forget I’m looking at Cannon Beach when that movie opens.

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