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The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming (1966)

Unrated | | Comedy, War | 25 May 1966 (USA)
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Without hostile intent, a Soviet submarine runs aground off New England. Men are sent for a boat, but many villagers go into a tizzy, risking bloodshed.

Director:

Norman Jewison

Writers:

Nathaniel Benchley (novel), William Rose (screenplay)
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carl Reiner ... Walt Whittaker
Eva Marie Saint ... Elspeth Whittaker
Alan Arkin ... Lt. Rozanov
Brian Keith ... Police Chief Link Mattocks
Jonathan Winters ... Norman Jonas
Paul Ford ... Fendall Hawkins
Theodore Bikel ... The Russian Captain
Tessie O'Shea Tessie O'Shea ... Alice Foss
John Phillip Law ... Alexei Kolchin
Ben Blue ... Luther Grilk
Andrea Dromm ... Alison Palmer
Sheldon Collins ... Pete Whittaker (as Sheldon Golomb)
Guy Raymond ... Lester Tilly
Cliff Norton Cliff Norton ... Charlie Hinkson
Richard Schaal ... Oscar Maxwell
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's A Plot!... to make the world die laughing!! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

25 May 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! See more »

Filming Locations:

Eureka, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$21,693,114
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Mirisch Corporation See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The novel from which the film is based (The Off-Islanders) is written by Nathaniel Benchley, the father of Jaws author Peter Benchley. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Rozanov arrives on the bridge of the Russian submarine after learing from the chart man how close they are to the USA coast]
Lieutenant Rozanov: [in Russian; subtitled] What is it Captain? What are you doing?
[to a chart man]
Lieutenant Rozanov: Show me our position.
[the chart man shows Rozanov how close they are to an island]
Lieutenant Rozanov: [in Russian] What? WHAT? Tovarich Captain...
The Russian Captain: [in Russian] Take it easy.
Lieutenant Rozanov: [in Russian] Permit me, Captain. Look at our position.
The Russian Captain: [in Russian] I don't need your advice.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

At the end it says THE KONETS, only with "konets" actually written in the Russian alphabet. The word, of course, means END. [It looks like "KOHEU," only with square corners on the U part.] See more »

Alternate Versions

Some local stations played a slightly different version of the film in the mid-80's: they cut at least part of both credits. For example, instead of beginning the movie with the credits that show the title, and such things (the one that alternates between Russian and American flags), but the tv version removes most of the opening credits. They only credit the writer, producer and director. This means that most of the credits are cut, and the film opens with the shot of the captain opening his eye over a black screen. Also, the end credits were also shortened-they fade out immediately after the last of the cast list has been shown, and it doesnt show the scroll end. This basically only deletes about three seconds, and all that is really noticable is the rather abrupt ending of the credit music. See more »


Soundtracks

The Shining Sea
(uncredited)
Written by Johnny Mandel & Peggy Lee
Performed by Irene Kral
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A Russian Riot
9 March 2003 | by howdymaxSee all my reviews

I rarely rate a movie 10/10, but this is a welcome exception. It is, without doubt, Alan Arkin's finest hour.

The story line is a laugh riot in it's own right. A Russian sub accidentally grounds on an island off New England. A squad of Russians, led by Alan Arkin, are sent ashore to secure a power boat to help free the sub. It all goes flooey and the laugh riot begins. I did think the ending was sappy, but honestly I couldn't think of one more appropriate, so I had to give them a pass.

The cast, in general, is first rate, but the casting of Alan Arkin in the lead role is inspired. He is absolutely hilarious as things spiral out of his control. "Soon there will be World War III and everybody is blaming YOU!" You will recognize some of the faces. Carl Reiner as the self-important New York writer, Brian Keith as the Town Constable, Jonathon Winters as his befuddled deputy, Ben Blue as the town drunk, and Paul Ford as a pompous retired military type. The only flaw was the casting of John Philip Law. He is an engaging actor, but his portrayal of the sensitive Russian sailor just didn't make the grade.

Usually, in a comedy this frantic, the characters tend to get lost in the slapstick. Not so in this case. Each of the characters are fleshed out to the point that you really think you know what they are thinking.

I don't know why I'm writing this review. For those of you who have seen it - no review is necessary. For those of you who haven't - there is no excuse.


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