A "Romeo and Juliet"-inspired Cold War satire starring, written and directed by Peter Ustinov. A tiny but otherwise inconsequential and powerless European country called Concordia holds the... See full summary »

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The General
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Juliet Moulsworth
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Igor Romanoff
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Vadim Romanoff
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Beulah
Rik Van Nutter ...
Freddie (as Rik Von Nutter)
John Phillips ...
Hooper Moulsworth
Peter Jones ...
Otto
Tamara Shayne ...
Evdokia Romanoff
Suzanne Cloutier ...
Marfa Zlotochienka
Edward Atienza ...
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John Alderson ...
Randle Wix
Thomas Chalmers ...
Chief Executive
Carl Don ...
The spy
Tonio Selwart ...
U.N. President (as Tony Selwart)
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A "Romeo and Juliet"-inspired Cold War satire starring, written and directed by Peter Ustinov. A tiny but otherwise inconsequential and powerless European country called Concordia holds the deciding vote in a crucial United Nations resolution. As the U.S. and Soviet Union try to manipulate Condordia so that its vote aligns with their interests, Concordia's wily leader (Ustinov) turns the tables on the superpowers, pitting one against the other by playing matchmaker between the son of the Soviet ambassador and the daughter of his US counterpart. Written by GusF

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The Romantic Dither of the Decade!

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8 June 1961 (USA)  »

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Dig That Juliet  »

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The studio chiefs at Universal were so pleased with Peter Ustinov's contributions to "Spartacus" (which included some uncredited script rewrites as well as his Oscar-winning performance) that they agreed to let him direct this film version of his popular play. They stipulated, however, that the title roles should be played by Sandra Dee and John Gavin, both of whom were under contract to the studio, and that the budget should not exceed a million dollars. See more »

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Hooper Moulsworth: [trying to persuade the General to cast his vote on the United Nations amendment from which he has abstained] Why, a child could understand it!
The General: [obdurate] Alas, I'm no longer a child.
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 23 April 1961 (1961) See more »

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Lovely, low-key movie
21 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very fond memories of Peter Ustinov getting more and more soused as he's bustling between embassies trying to figure out what the US and USSR are trying to do to his country! He is delightful and the movie's message is sweet. Most memorable, though, is the soundtrack with one haunting tune that I can hear as clearly now as decades ago when I last saw this film. How I wish it were on DVD!

Not nearly as biting as "The Mouse that Roared," though the era and theme are quite similar. "Romeo and Juliet" cried out to be used as a Cold War motif, and this does a very nice job of it, with a much more satisfying ending (if I may say so).


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