[on 1941 (1979)] I really didn't know what I was doing on this movie. I think one of the reasons it came out so chaotic is I really didn't have a vision for 1941. If Bob Zemeckis was the director, I'm convinced he would have done a much better job because that was really the kind of film the author should have stepped forward and directed. I think what killed the comedy was the amount of destruction, and the sheer noise level. I often describe 1941 as having your head stuck in a pinball machine while somebody is hitting tilt over and over again. Before 1941 I had experienced three great previews on The Sugarland Express (1974), Jaws (1975) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). So I found this theatre in Texas called the Medallion that was my good luck theatre, so naturally I wanted to do the 1941 preview there. But that preview was not like the first three previews. I actually looked over the entire audience midway through the film and at least 20 per cent of the audience had their hands over their ears. I knew we were in big trouble at that point. At the end of the preview, Sid Sheinberg came over to me and said, "There is a movie somewhere in this mess. We should go off and find it." The rest of the executives didn't even want to talk to me. It was a very unhappy experience. We would have been better off with $10 million less, because we went from one plot to seven sub-plots. But, at the time, I wanted it - the bigness, the power, hundreds of people at my beck and call, millions of dollars at my disposal, and everybody saying "Yes...yes...yes!" 1941 was my "Little General" Period. I don't dislike the movie at all. I'm not embarrassed by it - I just think that it wasn't funny enough.