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Nathaniel Benchley (novel)
William Rose (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 May 1966 (USA) See more »
Don't You Just Hate People Who Drop In Unexpectedly? See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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I'd watch this anytime See more (71 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Carl Reiner ... Walt Whittaker

Eva Marie Saint ... Elspeth Whittaker

Alan Arkin ... Lt. Rozanov

Brian Keith ... Police Chief Link Mattocks

Jonathan Winters ... Norman Jonas

Paul Ford ... Fendall Hawkins

Theodore Bikel ... The Russian Captain
Tessie O'Shea ... Alice Foss

John Phillip Law ... 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

Philip Coolidge ... Mr. Porter

Don Keefer ... Irving Christiansen
Cindy Putnam ... Annie Whittaker
Parker Fennelly ... Mr. Everett
Doro Merande ... Muriel Everett

Vaughn Taylor ... Mr. Bell

Johnny Whitaker ... Jerry Maxwell
Danny Klega ... Polsky
Ray Baxter ... Brodsky

Paul Verdier ... Maliavin
Nikita Knatz ... Gromolsky
Constantine Baksheef ... Vasilov
Alex Hassilev ... Hrushevsky
Milos Milos ... Lysenko
Gino Gottarelli ... Kregitkin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Barselou ... Townsman (uncredited)

Peter Brocco ... Reverend Hawthorne (uncredited)

Sidney Clute ... Townsman (uncredited)
Laurence Haddon ... Bartender (uncredited)

Paul Lambert ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Larry D. Mann ... Man with Cat (uncredited)

James McCallion ... 'He stole my Car' Townsperson (uncredited)

Michael J. Pollard ... Stanley (airplane mechanic) (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Jewison 
Writing credits
Nathaniel Benchley (novel "The Off-Islanders")

William Rose (screenplay)

Produced by
Norman Jewison .... producer
Walter Mirisch .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Johnny Mandel 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc (director of photography) (as Joseph Biroc)
Film Editing by
Hal Ashby 
J. Terry Williams 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Art Direction by
Robert F. Boyle 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera 
Makeup Department
Del Armstrong .... makeup artist
Naomi Cavin .... hair stylist
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
Production Management
Jim Henderling .... production manager (as James E. Henderling)
Fred Lemoine .... unit manager
Allen K. Wood .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kurt Neumann .... assistant director (as Kurt Neumann Jr.)
Leslie Gorall .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Anthony Bavero .... property master (as Anthony N. Bavero)
Lewis E. Hurst Jr. .... set designer
James F. McGuire .... set designer
Thomas J. Wright .... sketch artist (as Thomas J. Wright Jr.)
Sound Department
Al Overton .... sound (as Alfred J. Overton)
Clem Portman .... sound re-recordist
John Romness .... sound
Sidney Sutherland .... sound editor (as Sidney E. Sutherland)
James D. Young .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Daniel Hays .... special effects (as Daniel W. Hays)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
John Moio .... stunts (uncredited)
Felix Silla .... stunts (uncredited)
Bobby Somers .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Young .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wesley Jeffries .... wardrobe
Music Department
Richard Carruth .... music editor
Other crew
Leon Belasco .... dialogue director
Betty Levin .... script supervisor
Peter Nelson .... assistant to producer
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!" - Australia (imdb display title), International (English title) (imdb display title), UK (imdb display title), USA (alternative spelling)
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126 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

The Air Force fighters sent to bomb the sub are McDonnell Douglas F-101B Voodoos from the 437th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron at Oxnard AFB, California (now Camarillo Airport).See more »
Anachronisms: In several scenes the sub is shown "grounded" on the island. BUT, in those same scenes, the sub is shown "rocking" with the motion of the waves. Beached vessels are solidly grounded and do not move.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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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
I'd watch this anytime, 10 March 2003
Author: ejev from Rhode Island

As someone who remembered how and where to crouch when the air raid siren went, and wondering how we were supposed to know when it was safe to come out, I have always cherished this film as a reminder that we're all human. It has every stereotype going, but it's okay - the characters are so lovingly drawn you don't care. I live in New England now, and while you don't see this version of xenophobic hysteria anymore(thank God!), you still hear the accents and see the regional quirks. Alan Arkin is dead on in his role, and as a student of Russian, I've gotten so I actually understand most of the dialogue. My daughter doesn't get the point of the movie, but then she didn't have duck and cover drills. I wish I knew when or if it were coming out on DVD.

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