The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming (1966)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, War  |  25 May 1966 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Police Chief Link Mattocks
Norman Jonas
Fendall Hawkins
The Russian captain
Tessie O'Shea ...
Alice Foss (telephone operator)
Alexei Kolchin
Ben Blue ...
Luther Grilk
Andrea Dromm ...
Alison Palmer
Sheldon Collins ...
Pete Whittaker (as Sheldon Golomb)
Guy Raymond ...
Lester Tilly
Cliff Norton ...
Charlie Hinkson
Richard Schaal ...
Oscar Maxwell


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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25 May 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!  »

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(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Unable to borrow a real submarine from the US Navy, and unable to bring a Soviet submarine to the United States, the art department built the Russian sub. It is powered by four motors underneath the hull, each driving a section of the "sub", and if you watch carefully, you can see it flexing where the four sections are joined. See more »


At two different times both Arkin and Bikel are at a loss to pronounce "Gloucester", but early in the film it is shown to be /gloster/ on their chart, in very large Cyrillic letters. See more »


[first lines]
[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

At the end it says THE KONETS, only with "konets" actually written in the Russian alphabet. The word, of course, means END. [It looks like "KOHEU," only with square corners on the U part.] See more »


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This has long been just about my favorite comedy.
16 October 2001 | by (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

My wife and I have watched this many times over the years and always find it hilarious. Often during an everyday event something will remind us of scenes in the movie and I'll comment, "Ethel, what are you doing up there?" or "Don't do it again." Arkin was so right for the part he played and the submarine Captain came across as a tough guy who really was a softie. They don't make movies like this anymore!

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