Is a Red Ryder BB gun not enough to meet your Christmas cinematic ordnance needs? How about a 45 MM anti-aircraft cannon in your front yard?

Steven Spielberg’s  “1941”  is the most unconventional sort of “Christmas film” – one set in the middle of December 1941 and the hysteria enveloping Los Angeles and its surrounds at the outset of WWII. Yet there are enough Christmas trees, lights, santas, and wreaths to make it thematic enough to have an excuse to go out and rent it.

Released on December 14, 1979, it may not be in the hall of the greatest films ever made, yet it is far from the alleged flop and forgotten film it has become, and deserves to be reconsidered.

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