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The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! ()

The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming (original title)
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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.

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Walt Whittaker
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Elspeth Whittaker
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Lt. Rozanov
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Police Chief Link Mattocks
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Norman Jonas
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Fendall Hawkins
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The Russian Captain
Tessie O'Shea ...
Alice Foss
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Alexei Kolchin
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Luther Grilk
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Alison Palmer
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Pete Whittaker (as Sheldon Golomb)
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Lester Tilly
Cliff Norton ...
Charlie Hinkson
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Oscar Maxwell
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Mr. Porter
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Irving Christiansen
Cindy Putnam ...
Annie Whittaker
Parker Fennelly ...
Mr. Everett
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Muriel Everett
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Mr. Bell
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Jerry Maxwell
Danny Klega ...
Polsky
Ray Baxter ...
Brodsky
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Maliavin
Nikita Knatz ...
Gromolsky
Constantine Baksheef ...
Vasilov
Alex Hassilev ...
Hrushevsky
Milos Milos ...
Lysenko
Gino Gottarelli ...
Kregitkin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Barselou ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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Reverend Hawthorne (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Laurence Haddon ...
Bartender (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
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Man with Cat (uncredited)
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'He stole my Car' Townsperson (uncredited)
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Stanley (Airplane Mechanic) (uncredited)

Directed by

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Norman Jewison

Written by

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Nathaniel Benchley ... (novel "The Off-Islanders")
 
William Rose ... (screenplay)

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Norman Jewison ... producer
Walter Mirisch ... producer (uncredited)

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Johnny Mandel

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Joseph F. Biroc ... director of photography (as Joseph Biroc)

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Hal Ashby
J. Terry Williams

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Lynn Stalmaster

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Robert F. Boyle

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Darrell Silvera

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Del Armstrong ... makeup artist
Naomi Cavin ... hair stylist
Sydney Guilaroff ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Jim Henderling ... production manager (as James E. Henderling)
Fred Lemoine ... unit manager
Allen K. Wood ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Kurt Neumann ... assistant director (as Kurt Neumann Jr.)
Leslie Gorall ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Anthony Bavero ... property master (as Anthony N. Bavero)
Lewis E. Hurst Jr. ... set designer
James F. McGuire ... set designer
Thomas J. Wright ... sketch artist (as Thomas J. Wright Jr.)

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Al Overton ... sound (as Alfred J. Overton)
Clem Portman ... sound re-recordist
John Romness ... sound
Sidney Sutherland ... sound editor (as Sidney E. Sutherland)
James D. Young ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)

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Daniel Hays ... special effects (as Daniel W. Hays)

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Carey Loftin ... stunts (uncredited)
John Moio ... stunts (uncredited)
Felix Silla ... stunts (uncredited)
Bobby Somers ... stunts (uncredited)

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Bob Young ... grip (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Wesley Jeffries ... wardrobe

Music Department

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Richard Carruth ... music editor

Other crew

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Leon Belasco ... dialogue director
Betty Levin ... script supervisor
Peter Nelson ... assistant to producer
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Don't You Just Hate People Who Drop In Unexpectedly? See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (United States)
  • The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (United States, English title)
  • The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (World-wide, English title)
  • The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (United Kingdom)
  • Les Russes arrivent, les Russes arrivent (France)
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  • 126 min
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Trivia The film had a profound impact on both American and Soviet leaders. It is one of the few films actually mentioned in the Congressional record. Norman Jewison was also personally invited to Moscow, where he reported that the Russian crowd was transfixed by the scene featuring the little boy who falls from the bell tower, and the Soviets and Americans cooperate to save him. See more »
Goofs As the flotilla of small boats moves away from the docks, registration numbers can be seen on their bows. Most of the registration numbers start with CF (California), even though Gloucester Island is in Massachusetts according to the shoulder patches on the police uniforms. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Films of Norman Jewison (1999). See more »
Soundtracks The Shining Sea See more »
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 »
Quotes Walt Whittaker: Look, can I give you some advice? You'll never make it down to the harbor. Why don't you all give yourselves up? Either you'll kill somebody, or you'll get killed. Either way - you could start a war!
Lieutenant Rozanov: What is your name?
Walt Whittaker: Whittaker. Walt...
Lieutenant Rozanov: Remark to this, Whittaker Walt. We must have boat. Even now may be too late. This is your island, I make your responsibility you help us get boat quickly, otherwise there is World War III, and everybody is blaming YOU!
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