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Russkies (1987)

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A group of American boys and a shipwrecked Russian sailor become friends in the midst of the Cold War.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny (as Leaf Phoenix)
Stefan DeSalle ...
Charles Frank ...
Mr. V.
Susan Blanchard ...
Mrs. V.
Benjamin Hendrickson ...
Sgt. Kovac
Mrs. Kovac
Voyo Goric ...
Boris (as Vojo Goric)
Captain Foley
Patrick Mickler ...


It is during the Cold War and all Americans have a view of Russians as one thing: bad people. A group of American boys discovers a Russian sailor washed up on the coast of Florida and decide to befriend him, assuming that he is friendly and will bring them no danger and thus go against the ideas of their parents, as well as the government. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

6 November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Corrida Contra o Tempo  »

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$2,189,047 (USA)

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In this film, the boys have a small boat they use to get around in. On the boats hull you can see it has the mark "PT 109" painted on. In World War II, then future President of the United States Lieutenant, first grade (LTJG) John F. Kennedy was the pilot of Navy motor torpedo boat PT 109. (LTJG) John F. Kennedy would later be recognized as a war hero for actions performed while on board the (MTB) PT 109. See more »


Danny: Say if, I mean, what if a Russian washed up on the beach here. What would you do?
Sergeant Kovac: Kill him.
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Comrades in Arms
2 August 2011 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Russian radio operator Whip Hubley (as Mischa) washes up in Key West, Florida as the U.S. Fourth of July holiday approaches. After the Communist mishap, three young American lads evade their parents to go out in their JFK-influenced "PT 109" motorboat. The boys discover Mr. Hubley in their hideout and fear a Communist invasion. But, Hubley turns out to be a nice guy and makes friends with gun-ho Joaquin "Leaf" Phoenix (as Danny), Peter Billingsley (as Adam), and Stefan DeSalle (as Jason). His handsomeness attracts Adam's beautiful older sister Susan Walters (as Diane)...

Soon, the kids' parents, US military, and "Russkies" are all looking for Hubley...

This is a "feel-good" family movie obviously made to prepare Americans for the inevitable dissolution of the Soviet Union. Unlike several of the planet's legendary rivalries, the Americans and Russians never really hated each other as people, so the potential for friendship was easy to sell. The "Cold War" enemies were really political systems, fueled by technological advances in space exploration and military might. The film's "You homo!" quips, sissy limp-wrist gestures, and boys' fear of hugging a man suggest a sequel could have featured Olympian Greg Louganis washing up on their shore.

***** Russkies (11/6/87) Rick Rosenthal ~ Whip Hubley, Joaquin Phoenix, Peter Billingsley, Stefan DeSalle

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