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

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Comedy | War

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The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!  »

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Since the story takes place on the East Coast but was being shot on the West Coast, Norman Jewison decided to shoot the sunrises over the water at a precise moment just before dusk, after the sun was set over the Pacific, and did his best to augment pink colors in the final print. See more »

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As the flotilla of small boats moves away from the docks, registration numbers can be seen on their bows. Most of the registration numbers start with CF (California), even though Gloucester Island is in Massachusetts according to the shoulder patches on the police uniforms. See more »

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[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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Referenced in The Iron Giant (1999) 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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Human Spirit Overreaches Ideological Boundaries
3 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Cold War "comedy" delivers lots of laughs, but also much to think about. Knowing what we know now (years after the fall of Communism), the story seems to foreshadow a brighter future for humankind. Carl Reiner's Masterpiece!

A small New England island town is visited by the crew of a Russian submarine. The submarine has run adrift, and is stuck. The townspeople, through a series of misunderstandings, quickly perpetuate ever-increasing rumors about a Russian paratrouper invasion. Although the town is in a complete panic, the focus on a few characters and their interactions with the "alien enemies" reveals a more human side of the global East/West conflict. The final scenes are a heartwarming testimony to the triumph of the human spirit. A wonderful "Sunday afternoon" family film


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