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Don't Drink the Water (1969)

G | | Comedy | 1970 (Canada)
The Hollander family's European vacation is interrupted when their plane is forced to land in Vulgaria. The Hollanders leave the plane to take pictures which results in accusations of ... See full summary »

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Howard Morris

Writers:

Woody Allen (based on the play by), R.S. Allen (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jackie Gleason ... Walter Hollander
Estelle Parsons ... Marion Hollander
Ted Bessell ... Axel Magee
Joan Delaney Joan Delaney ... Susan Hollander
Michael Constantine ... Commissar Krojack
Howard St. John ... Ambassador Magee
Danny Meehan Danny Meehan ... Kilroy
Richard Libertini ... Father Drobney
Pierre Olaf Pierre Olaf ... Chef
Avery Schreiber ... Sultan
Mark Gordon Mark Gordon ... Mirik
Phil Leeds ... Sam Blackwell
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marty Martel Marty Martel ... White Hair Diplomat
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Storyline

The Hollander family's European vacation is interrupted when their plane is forced to land in Vulgaria. The Hollanders leave the plane to take pictures which results in accusations of spying. Chased by Vulgarian soldiers, they take refuge in the American Embassy under the protection of the absent ambassador's hapless son. Written by <JeanneArmintrout@juno.com>

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Based on the play by Woody Allen. See more »

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1970 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Come ti dirotto il jet See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"Don't Drink the Water" opened at the Morosco Theater on November 17, 1966 and ran for 598 performances. Richard Libertini reprises his role in the movie. See more »

Goofs

At the party near the end of the movie, Gleason takes a dignitary's wine glass. The next shot shows the dignitary holding the wine glass. Then, Gleason hands the glass back to the dignitary. See more »

Quotes

Walter Hollander: This embassy is United States territory. Nobody can be dragged out and shot without the written consent of the American government.
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Connections

Referenced in The Fall (1969) See more »

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Don't Drink the Water
Music by Patrick Williams (as Pat Williams)
Lyrics by Kelly Gordon
Sung by Jake Holmes
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first film version - This is Jackie Gleason version
6 June 2007 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Comedic story of Americans traveling in foreign countries, and the mis-adventures they run into along the way. Unlike most other writers here, I like the 1969 Jackie Gleason version of Don't Drink the Water MUCH better than the later one starring Woody Allen, who WROTE the thing originally. In the original, the irony is that Jackie Gleason is a big and blustery loudmouth ( a real stretch for him) , but up until the end, not much gets accomplished, in spite of all his yelling and storming around. Also stars Estelle Parsons (Bonnie and Clyde) and Ted Bessell (probably best known as the hen-pecked boyfriend on That Girl). When the diplomat leaves the country, his son Axel (Bessel) fills in, and things take turn after turn for the worse. The debate to remake movies or Not to remake movies continues. Directed by Howard Morris, who had directed both live action and animated comedies for years.


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