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Don't Drink the Water (1994)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy  -  18 December 1994 (USA)
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Somewhere behind the early 1960s cold-war iron curtain, the Hollander family cause an international spying incident when Walter photographs a sunset in a sensitive region. In order to stay ... See full summary »

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Somewhere behind the early 1960s cold-war iron curtain, the Hollander family cause an international spying incident when Walter photographs a sunset in a sensitive region. In order to stay out of jail, the Hollanders take refuge in the American Embassy, which is temporarily being run by the absent Ambassador's diplomatically incompetent son, Axel. Written by Rob Hartill

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They Couldn't Wait To Get In. Now It's Hilarious Trying To Get Out! (DVD)

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Woody Allen decided to do his own TV-movie version of his play after a belated viewing of the 1969 movie version, which he had nothing to do with and which he thought inferior. See more »

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References Lawrence of Arabia (1962) See more »

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Hora ca la Caval (Shepherd's Dance)
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One photo, one photo, show a little diplomacy.
23 November 2010 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

As usual, this Woody Allen is directed and written by the diminutive New Yorker but the more unusual fact is that it's both based on an older play written by the man and also already been filmed in an inferior (according to Allen anyway) version that he had nothing to do with.

Allen also stars as Walter Hollander, a man who ends up having to hide in an American Embassy with his family (Julie Kavner is wonderful as Marion Hollander) after photographing a landmark in a country located on the wrong side of the iron curtain. Michael J. Fox is the young man trying to sort out this misunderstanding while his father (Josef Sommer) gets exasperated. And then there's the priest, played by Dom DeLuise, who has been staying in the embassy so long that he simply craves an audience for the magic tricks that he's been teaching himself.

This has some great performances in it (Allen is great, Kavner is great and Michael J. Fox has always been a favourite skilled comic actor of mine) and some wonderful one-liners but it's just missing something, overall, when compared to many of Allen's better comedies.

Perhaps it's the lack of something more intelligent running through the material, although there is still some smart stuff here and there this is primarily a light farce. Perhaps it's just too easy to foresee the ending coming and everything just feels a bit too neat.

Maybe it's just because I'm not as big a fan of farce as I am of other types of comedy. Whatever the big sticking point, this just doesn't measure up to most of the other movies in Allen's filmography and simply fails in comparison to most other comedies of the 90s.


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