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The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming (1966)

Unrated | | Comedy, War | 25 May 1966 (USA)
Without hostile intent, a Soviet sub runs aground off New England. Men are sent for a boat, but many villagers go into a tizzy, risking bloodshed.

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Police Chief Link Mattocks
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Norman Jonas
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Fendall Hawkins
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The Russian Captain
Tessie O'Shea ...
Alice Foss
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Alexei Kolchin
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Luther Grilk
Andrea Dromm ...
Alison Palmer
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Pete Whittaker (as Sheldon Golomb)
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Lester Tilly
Cliff Norton ...
Charlie Hinkson
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Oscar Maxwell
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In the Cold War, when the captain of a Russian submarine comes too close to the Gloucester Island in Massachusetts to give a look at America, the submarine gets stranded. A nine-man team commanded by Lieutenant Rozanov goes onshore to search a motor boat to release the submarine and arrives at the summer house of the New Yorker writer Walt Whittaker that is spending the weekend with his family in Gloucester. When he realizes that they are Russians, he believes that it is an invasion. Soon the information leaks, leading hysteria and paranoia along the inhabitants of the small village. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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It's A Plot!... to make the world die laughing!! See more »

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Comedy | War

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The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!  »

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Trivia

The first names of the Whittaker family are a sly tribute to the family of Walt Whitman Rostow, an acquaintance of the director. Rostow was National Security Advisor to Pres. Lyndon Johnson. See more »

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When Police chief Mattocks "breaks" Fendall Hawkins' sword over his knee, it doesn't break on the first try (hit between his hands). But you can see half of the sword flopping around outside Mattock's right hand. It is possible either that the sword was already pre-broken/weakened in that spot, and Brian Keith "missed the mark", or that he broke it once in a previous take, but had to do a re-take, and needed to "hide" the first break. See more »

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[Rozanov arrives on the bridge of the Russian submarine after learing from the chart man how close they are to the USA coast]
Lieutenant Rozanov: [in Russian; subtitled] What is it Captain? What are you doing?
[to a chart man]
Lieutenant Rozanov: Show me our position.
[the chart man shows Rozanov how close they are to an island]
Lieutenant Rozanov: [in Russian] What? WHAT? Tovarich Captain...
The Russian Captain: [in Russian] Take it easy.
Lieutenant Rozanov: [in Russian] Permit me, Captain. Look at our position.
The Russian Captain: [in Russian] I don't need your advice.
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Crazy Credits

In the title, the letters R and N in RUSSIANS are reversed to resemble Russian letters (which would literally translate to Ya and I), and the G in COMING is a hammer and sickle. See more »

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Referenced in Parks and Recreation: Freddy Spaghetti (2010) See more »

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The Shining Sea
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Written by Johnny Mandel & Peggy Lee
Performed by Irene Kral
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A Russian Riot
9 March 2003 | by (Las Cruces, New Mexico) – See all my reviews

I rarely rate a movie 10/10, but this is a welcome exception. It is, without doubt, Alan Arkin's finest hour.

The story line is a laugh riot in it's own right. A Russian sub accidentally grounds on an island off New England. A squad of Russians, led by Alan Arkin, are sent ashore to secure a power boat to help free the sub. It all goes flooey and the laugh riot begins. I did think the ending was sappy, but honestly I couldn't think of one more appropriate, so I had to give them a pass.

The cast, in general, is first rate, but the casting of Alan Arkin in the lead role is inspired. He is absolutely hilarious as things spiral out of his control. "Soon there will be World War III and everybody is blaming YOU!" You will recognize some of the faces. Carl Reiner as the self-important New York writer, Brian Keith as the Town Constable, Jonathon Winters as his befuddled deputy, Ben Blue as the town drunk, and Paul Ford as a pompous retired military type. The only flaw was the casting of John Philip Law. He is an engaging actor, but his portrayal of the sensitive Russian sailor just didn't make the grade.

Usually, in a comedy this frantic, the characters tend to get lost in the slapstick. Not so in this case. Each of the characters are fleshed out to the point that you really think you know what they are thinking.

I don't know why I'm writing this review. For those of you who have seen it

  • no review is necessary. For those of you who haven't - there is no
excuse.


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