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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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 ... 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

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

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

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Trivia

Although the action in the film is supposed to take place on fictional "Gloucester Island" off the coast of New England, most of the outdoor scenes were filmed in Mendocino California. Mendocino in the 1960s was a somewhat remote artist colony on a rocky cape projecting into the Pacific Ocean, about 100 miles north of San Francisco. The harbor scenes were filmed in NOYO Harbor, just south of Fort Bragg, where Carine's Fish Grotto and Cappy's Bar still exist to this day. (2006) 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

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 »

Alternate Versions

The restored special widescreen letterbox version, aired on network TV, has subtitles in the lower bar for the "Russian" dialogue between the Russians in which the formated video version does not have them. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Parks and Recreation: Freddy Spaghetti (2010) See more »

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The Shining Sea
(uncredited)
Written by Johnny Mandel & Peggy Lee
Performed by Irene Kral
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Cold war, warm comedy.
27 October 2002 | by dho-2See all my reviews

One of the funniest films you are likely to see about the cold war. But it doesn't matter if you only watch this for the comedy because the characterisations are excellent. Arkin in particular demonstrates what a fine actor he is. The plot may seem a bit far-fetched, but if you remember how close the world came to disaster during the Cuban missile crisis, it could well have happened.


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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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Budget:

$3,900,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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