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Don't Drink the Water (1969)

G | | Comedy | 1970 (Canada)
The Hollander family's European vacation is interrupted when their plane is forced to land in Vulgaria. The Hollanders leave the plane to take pictures which results in accusations of ... See full summary »

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The Hollander family's European vacation is interrupted when their plane is forced to land in Vulgaria. The Hollanders leave the plane to take pictures which results in accusations of spying. Chased by Vulgarian soldiers, they take refuge in the American Embassy under the protection of the absent ambassador's hapless son. Written by <JeanneArmintrout@juno.com>

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They're caught in a security leak!...with a flood of laughs, hot and cold running spies, and a drip from the embassy!

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Come ti dirotto il jet  »

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Trivia

"Don't Drink the Water" opened at the Morosco Theater on November 17, 1966 and ran for 598 performances. Richard Libertini reprises his role in the movie. See more »

Goofs

At the party near the end of the movie, Gleason takes a dignitary's wine glass. The next shot shows the dignitary holding the wine glass. Then, Gleason hands the glass back to the dignitary. See more »

Quotes

Walter Hollander: Too much wax can be dangerous.
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Spoofs Mission: Impossible (1966) See more »

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Don't Drink the Water
Music by Patrick Williams (as Pat Williams)
Lyrics by Kelly Gordon
Sung by Jake Holmes
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No worse than a bad cold
12 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have to side with those who find this version of Woody Allen's play much inferior to the remake by Allen himself which, ironically, has a greater right to be called the original since it was Allen's attempt to show the story as he envisioned it. I think much of the problem lies in the fact that at the time this version was made Allen wasn't yet a respected director and no one worried much about preserving the "Woody Allen touch" --- except Woody Allen, of course.

Interesting note on the comparison between Jackie Gleason's take on the lead character with Allen's own portrayal years later. If you were to combine the physical bellicosity of Jackie Gleason with the sardonic Jewish humor of Woody Allen you might get someone like the recently deceased Lou Jacobi --- who originated the part on Broadway and who was, in Allen's opinion, largely responsible for the success of the play.

(By the way, I stole the line in my summary from Harpo Marx, who used it to describe the phenomenally successful Broadway production of ABIE'S IRISH ROSE.)


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