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Don't Drink the Water -- Only the mind of Woody Allen could cook up a New Jersey caterer whose vacation to Europe turns into an international espionage incident in this hilarious send-up of the Cold War.

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Director:
Writers:
Woody Allen (based on the play by)
R.S. Allen (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1970 (Canada) See more »
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They're caught in a security leak!
Plot:
The Hollander family's European vacation is interrupted when their plane is forced to land in Vulgaria... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Viewing See more (16 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  based on the play by
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 (uncredited)
 
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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100 min
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Color (Pathécolor)
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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:
Version of Don't Drink the Water (1994) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Don't Drink the WaterSee more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Viewing, 19 March 2015
Author: bbrebozo from United States

With this version of Don't Drink The Water, you get Jackie Gleason (who throws 100% of himself into his character), as well as a script that occasionally sparkles with witty Woody Allen one liners. Add Estelle Parsons as the always-calm-in-the-presence-of-a-hysterical-husband wife, and Ted Bessell in his trademarked 1970's bumbler role, and you've got a pretty nice weekend afternoon of entertainment.

I was particularly intrigued by Joan Delaney as the couple's beautiful daughter and Ted Bessell's love interest. She had a very interesting face, nice appearance and style, and did a good job of maintaining her own presence opposite some of the great scene stealers of that era (Gleason, Parsons, Michael Constantine, Avery Schrieber). I've tried to do a little "whatever-happened-to" search on the internet, but Delaney seemed to have disappeared from the acting scene without a trace after the early 1970's. That's a shame.

In any event, I'm a big Jackie Gleason and Woody Allen fan, and this movie seems to be the closest they ever came to teaming up (although there is little evidence that Woody Allen had anything to do with this film beyond having written the script for the Broadway play). Their participation pushed this movie up to the seven-star range for me.

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