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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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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)  »

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The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film had a profound impact on both American and Soviet leaders. It is one of the few films actually mentioned in the Congressional record. Norman Jewison was also personally invited to Moscow, where he reported that the Russian crowd was transfixed by the scene featuring the little boy who falls from the bell tower, and the Soviets and Americans cooperate to save him. 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

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A personal favorite!
4 July 2002 | by (West Lafayette, Indiana) – See all my reviews

"Hilarious" doesn't begin to describe it! I saw this in the theater in 1966 when it first came out, and I enjoyed it immensely! Arkin was great and Bikel excels in just about everything he does! This gets ***** out of ***** with me!

So it's an excellent comedy, but like all truly great comedy, it has a dark and serious side: that people will become hysterical with xenophobia when they live in a culture that expects it of them. During the Cold War, it was a given among us kids that ALL the Russians were evil beings, godless Communist robots out to destroy us. We were taught to so regard ALL of them.

This movie serves as a poignant reminder that not everyone who lives in an officially "hostile" nation hates us.


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