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The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966)

The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming (original title)
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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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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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
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
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Storyline

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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Don't You Just Hate People Who Drop In Unexpectedly? See more »

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Comedy | War

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25 May 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Russians have problems pronouncing the island's name, Gloucester. However, the Cyrillic alphabet used on the Russian maps phonetically spells "GLOSTER". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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

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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The Shining Sea
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A great film with so many bright spots
1 December 2002 | by (Wisconsin, USA) – See all my reviews

I have such fond memories of this film, but it was refreshing that when I saw it again last year on TV (with subtitles for the Russian!) I could easily remember why I loved it, and still do. It's just fun, and funny, and it has a rather obvious and simple point to make, too. Alan Arkin is brilliant, and the cast as a whole is full of good people, and it's the little things that make the movie great--which is why even with the long running time it doesn't drag. There are so many fun characters, and a crazy plot. You just have to get caught up in it, and it'll win you over. Check out the quotes page for a sampling of the style--so many highlights! Even when it reaches that tense climax, the scene works despite the silliness of the rest of the film. It may not be to everyone's tastes, most notably any snobby critics out there, but I think it's brilliant entertainment and a hilarious film.


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