In the Cold War, when the captain of a Russian submarine comes too close to the Gloucester Island in Massachusetts to give a look at America, the submarine gets stranded. A nine-man team commanded by Lieutenant Rozanov goes onshore to search a motor boat to release the submarine and arrives at the summer house of the New Yorker writer Walt Whittaker that is spending the weekend with his family in Gloucester. When he realizes that they are Russians, he believes that it is an invasion. Soon the information leaks, leading hysteria and paranoia along the inhabitants of the small village.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Unable to borrow a real submarine from the US Navy, and unable to bring a Soviet submarine to the United States, the art department built the Russian sub. It is powered by four motors underneath the hull, each driving a section of the "sub", and if you watch carefully, you can see it flexing where the four sections are joined. See more »
At two different times both Arkin and Bikel are at a loss to pronounce "Gloucester", but early in the film it is shown to be /gloster/ on their chart, in very large Cyrillic letters. See more »
[Rozanov arrives on the bridge of the Russian submarine after learing from the chart man how close they are to the USA coast]
[in Russian; subtitled]
What is it Captain? What are you doing?
[to a chart man]
Show me our position.
[the chart man shows Rozanov how close they are to an island]
What? WHAT? Tovarich Captain...
The Russian Captain:
Take it easy.
Permit me, Captain. Look at our position.
The Russian Captain:
I don't need your advice.
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In the title, the letters R and N in RUSSIANS are reversed to resemble Russian letters (which would literally translate to Ya and I), and the G in COMING is a hammer and sickle. See more »
More recent video releases have more of the Russian dialog subtitled in English. The original release left much of the Russian dialog untranslated since it was not necessary for the audience to know exactly what was being said. See more »
A very wise man once said that a government is something you have to protect you from someone else's government. To me, this film shows that governments breed hatred and distrust between people who could be great friends if it weren't for their respective governments. I have had the good fortune to have friends from all over the world. Some of these people have come from countries that were enemies, according to my government. I am so happy that I ignored the government propaganda and accepted these people for what was in their hearts.
My appreciation of this film goes far beyond the actors' talents. I am deeply grateful to them for showing me that people should not be judged by their nationalities.
I wish that this movie was required viewing for all government officials around the world.
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