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Writers:
Woody Allen (play)
Woody Allen (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1970 (Canada) See more »
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Plot:
The Hollander family's European vacation is interrupted when their plane is forced to land in Vulgaria... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Average comedy with some bright spots See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Jackie Gleason ... Walter Hollander

Estelle Parsons ... Marion Hollander

Ted Bessell ... Axel Magee
Joan Delaney ... Susan Hollander

Michael Constantine ... Commissar Krojack
Howard St. John ... Ambassador Magee
Danny Meehan ... Kilroy

Richard Libertini ... Father Drobney
Pierre Olaf ... Chef

Avery Schreiber ... Sultan
Mark Gordon ... Mirik

Phil Leeds ... Sam Blackwell
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marty Martel ... White Hair Diplomat
Rene Constantineau ... Organ grinder (uncredited)

Martin Danzig ... Mishkin (uncredited)
Dwayne Early ... Donald (uncredited)
Naomi Fink ... Countess (uncredited)

Howard Morris ... Getaway Pilot (uncredited)
Joan Murphy ... Airline clerk (uncredited)

Directed by
Howard Morris 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
R.S. Allen  screenplay
Woody Allen  play
Woody Allen  screenplay
Harvey Bullock  screenplay

Produced by
Jack Grossberg .... associate producer
Charles H. Joffe .... producer
Joseph E. Levine .... executive producer
Henry Polonsky .... associate producer
Jack Rollins .... producer
 
Original Music by
Patrick Williams  (as Pat Williams)
 
Cinematography by
Harvey Genkins 
 
Film Editing by
Ralph Rosenblum 
 
Art Direction by
Robert Gundlach 
 
Set Decoration by
William G. O'Connell 
 
Costume Design by
Gene Coffin 
 
Production Management
Martin Danzig .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Louis A. Stroller .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Ron Kalish .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Jeanetta L. Hoyle .... editorial supervisor (as Jeanetta Lewis)
Ron Kalish .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Bill Rhoads .... title designer
 

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Runtime:
100 min
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Color:
Color (Pathécolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
Continuity: 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:Well, they don't call me the potato salad Picasso for nothin!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Fall (1969)See more »
Soundtrack:
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Average comedy with some bright spots, 21 August 2014
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

Seeing as Woody Allen was the credited writer and there was a talented director and cast involved, Don't Drink the Water had much potential. But while it is nowhere near as bad as some have said it could have been much better. It does have a fair few bright spots. It is not a bad-looking film, even if very 60s, the fashions are lovely to look at and give a real sense of nostalgia. Jackie Gleason does his absolute best but while he can be a little too abrasive he is very amusing. Richard Libertini also looks as if he's having fun, making his dialogue funnier than they deserved to be, and Michael Constantine gives very skilled support. There are a few good gags and pieces of dialogue, like Gleason and Constantine's confrontation, the spontaneous riot against the US embassy, "do you think it was a place that sold, guns, guards and barbed wire?" and the ahead of its time "that's the state department for you". Estelle Parssons is a mixed bag, she has moments where she's charming and her chemistry with Gleason is reasonably good but I do agree actually that she does come across as too much of an airhead. Ted Bussell is little more than a charmless dunce and the rest of the cast have nothing to do and can't do anything to make them shine. The film also feels very pedestrian, with a ridiculously overlong introduction, a story that can drag and be bloated and has some slack editing that really hurts the timing of most of the gags. The script has moments but for Allen, due to how much is changed, it lacks the sharpness, bite and wit that you associate with Allen to the extent it didn't sound like Allen's writing. It also didn't feel farcical enough, there was need of more energy, the humour was uneven and it could be too serious and not broad enough. The music sounded tacky and forgettable and really dated the film. All in all, there are some bright spots and there's much worse out there but Don't Drink the Water to me was rather average. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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