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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
The Russians have problems pronouncing the island's name, Gloucester. However, the Cyrillic alphabet used on the Russian maps phonetically spells "GLOSTER". 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 »
[Rozanov arrives on the bridge of the Russian submarine after learing from the chart man how close they are to the USA coast]
[in Russian; subtitled]
What is it Captain? What are you doing?
[to a chart man]
Show me our position.
[the chart man shows Rozanov how close they are to an island]
What? WHAT? Tovarich Captain...
The Russian Captain:
Take it easy.
Permit me, Captain. Look at our position.
The Russian Captain:
I don't need your advice.
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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 »
This is one of the better 1960s comedies and the acting is first-rate. Alan Arkin as the Soviet Navy officer and Brian Keith as the police chief got deserved Oscar nominations. This was one of Jonathan Winters' first movies and he steals every scene he's in. Carl Reiner is excellent as "Whittaker Walt", the musical comedy writer who is the only sensible person on the island. One part of the movie that stands out for me is how well Theodore Bikel and Arkin are able to speak Russian which they do flawlessly although I doubt either of them grew up speaking Russian. And the girl who plays Allison? Zowie!
The ending of the movie always gets me choked up. . .Rent it and enjoy.
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