June 08, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

Japanese attacks? Dogfights? Wartime mayhem? ”Pearl Harbor” bears an eerie similarity to ”1941,” Steven Spielberg’s supposed 1979 comedy about California’s fear of Japanese invasion. But did Michael Bay use ”1941” as a blueprint? You be the judge.

[”Pearl Harbor”]

A by-the-book Dan Aykroyd says: ”The Japanese will attack at Pearl Harbor. That’s what I’d do.”

[”1941”]

A by-the-book Aykroyd says: ”I’m a motor-pool maintenance sergeant. I don’t know too much about the gunnery stuff.”

[”Pearl Harbor”]

A sweet pilot (Josh Hartnett) woos Evelyn (Kate Beckinsale) by taking her up in his fighter to see the sunrise.

[”1941”]

A horny general’s aide (Tim Matheson) puts the midair moves on a secretary (Nancy Allen).

[”Pearl Harbor”]

British officer to pilot Ben Affleck: ”If there are any more at home like you, God help anyone who goes to war with America.”

[”1941”]

Officer about pilot John Belushi: ”That’s the craziest son of a bitch I ever saw. How many more like him do you think are up there?”

[”Pearl Harbor”]

Grossed $75 million in four days.

[”1941”]

Grossed $23 million in total.

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