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Just attempting to spot a miniscual glimpse of Mickey Rourke in this comedic war parody is comparable in chance of finding a tiny needle in a huge haystack. It closely reminds me of 'Where's Waldo" on the big screen
 
 

Steven Speilberg's epic comedy of a hysterical California town that believes it's about to be invaded by the Japanese in 1941 (1979) is an underrated gem. From it's opening sequence with Susan Blacklinie parodying her nude swim from Jaws (1975) to the everything-must-be-blown-up finale, this movie turned up the humor to eleven. Starring nearly every funnyman still working in the town of tinsel.    

US Theatrical Release: 12/14/1979
US DVD Release: 03/29/1999
Genre(s):
Comedy/War

 

 

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Written by Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale, John Milius
Cinematography William Fraker
Starring Toshiro Mifune, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Ned Beatty, Robert Stack, Treat Williams, Bobby DiCicco, Nancy Allen, Mickey Rourke
 

It aims at screwball comedy . There are hundreds of characters running around and bumping into each other. There are a few good laughs, along with a bunch of uncomfortably bad jokes. It was one of the most expensive comedies ever made, which is apparent by looking at all the explosions and tanks crashing into walls. It was first real failure of sorts for Steven Spielberg , following on the heels of such films as Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and you could say that it taught him a lesson. I saw a documentary on Spielberg where he discussed the point at which he realized that he had lost control of the production and was in over his head.

The plot, what plot there is, revolves around the sighting of a Japanese submarine off the coast of California in 1941, during World War II. The sub is piloted by Japanese film great Toshiro Mifune, who starred in many of Akira Kurosawa's greatest films, and it is sad that the only way a lot of Americans would ever see him is in this junk. The film features few major roles; it's mostly a series of cameos revolving around a few storylines. One involves Ned Beatty's house being used as the site for an artillery base. Another involves John Belushi as a psychotically unfunny pilot. Yet another involves Robert Stack as an inept general. A final one involves Treat Williams and Bobby DiCicco as they fight over a love interest (Nancy Allen).

Even good directors miss every once in a while. This was Spielberg's big miss. He thinks that maybe Americans weren't ready to laugh at war, since the film was released so soon after the end of the Vietnam war. I think it had more to do with the fact that nobody was ready to laugh at such a relentlessly unfunny movie. He followed it with the wonderful 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark, so I guess this was a valuable learning experience for him.

Steven Spielberg's monumental comedy, based on a true incident, about the war panic that erupted in Southern California after a Japanese sub was spotted off the coast six days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Stars John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Ned Beatty, Nancy Allen, Robert Stack and many others; written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale ("Back to the Future"). 118 min. Widescreen Director's Cut; Soundtrack: English; "making of" documentary; home movies; behind-the-scenes footage; deleted scenes; storyboard comparison; publicity materials; theatrical trailers; scene access.

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act of love 24 September 1980

Ron Howard

 

 

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Leon Cybulkowski

Robert Foxworth .... Andrew Rose
Mickey Rourke .... Joseph Cybulkowski
David Spielberg .... Victor Burton
Jacqueline Brookes .... Eugenia Cybulkowski
Sondra West .... Margaret Cybulkowski
Gail Youngs .... Joan Gruber
Mary Kay Place .... Becky Wiggins
Directed by
Jud Taylor

Writing credits
Michael De Guzman
Judith Paige Mitchell
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    Act Of Love(1980) VHS
    True-life drama stars Ron Howard as the brother of Mickey Rourke, whose life is shattered when he's paralyzed after a motorcycle accident. Howard shoots Rourke as an act of mercy, then gives himself up to authorities in hopes of calling attention to euthanasia. With Robert Foxworth, Mary Kay Place and Jacqueline Brookes. 100 min.
  • made for tv city in fear 1980 30 March 1980
    A psycho-on-the-loose story, about a burned-out newspaper columnist and his circulation-hungry publisher who wants him to turn the killer into Page One news.David Janssen plays Vince Perrino, a burned-out newspaper writer who's goated by his ruthless boss, publisher Harrison Crawford III (Robert Vaughn), into tracking the moves of Tony Plate (Mickey Rourke), a vicious serial kCity in Fear, a 1980 Made for television movie loosely based on the Son of Sam murders is television at it's best. Anyone who gets the chance to view this movie will be in for a rare treat. You can't loose with veteran actors such as Robert Vaughn, Susan Sullivan, Mickey Roarke, and the forever amazing, but often underrated actor, David Janssen.

    David Janssen, had he lived would have definitely been an Oscar nominee.The character of Vince Perrino, played by Janssen is that of a frustrated,cynical alcoholic journalist whom knows he is doomed to a life of failure, if he can't rise above his own excesses. Watching this movie is almost like gradually seeing the curtains close in on the finest actors in film and television.

    City in Fear, is two movies in one for it gives the viewer deep insight into how Newspapers (Media) will go to extreme lengths to sell papers in a time of a national crisis like Son of Sam. It closely follows the killer's moves, played by Mickey Roarke whose victims are young,vibrant woman in L.A. All of the performances were good, but David Janssen gives a superb final screen performance, for he passed on shortly after this movie was filmed. Check this movie out, you want be disappointed.iller through a big city.
    Directed by
    Jud Taylor   (as Alan Smithee)
    Alan Smithee   (really Jud Taylor)
     
    Writing credits (in alphabetical order)
    Peter Masterson   story
    Albert Ruben  

    Cast (in credits order)
    David Janssen .... Vince Perrino
    Robert Vaughn .... Harrison Crawford III
    Perry King .... Lt. John Armstrong
    Mickey Rourke .... Tony Pate

    Ron Howard .... Leon Cybulkowski
    Robert Foxworth .... Andrew Rose
    Mickey Rourke .... Joseph Cybulkowski
    David Spielberg .... Victor Burton
    Jacqueline Brookes .... Eugenia Cybulkowski
    Sondra West .... Margaret Cybulkowski
    Gail Youngs .... Joan Gruber
    Mary Kay Place .... Becky Wiggins
    Directed by
    Jud Taylor

    Writing credits
    Michael De Guzman
    Judith Paige Mitchell
  • based-on-novel
  • assisted-suicide
  • based-on-true-story
  • courtroom
  • motorcycle-accident
  • quadriplegic
  • suicide
  • trial

  • Filming Locations for
    Act of Love (1980) (TV)

    Seattle, Illinois, USA
    based-on-book Directed by
    Peter Levin

    Writing credits
    Hesper Anderson
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