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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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Credited cast:
... Walter Hollander
... Marion Hollander
... Axel Magee
... Susan Hollander
... Commissar Krojack
... Ambassador Magee
Danny Meehan ... Kilroy
... Father Drobney
Pierre Olaf ... Chef
... Sultan
Mark Gordon ... Mirik
... Sam Blackwell
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Marty Martel ... White Hair Diplomat
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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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"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 »

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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 »

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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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Don't Drink the Water
Music by Patrick Williams (as Pat Williams)
Lyrics by Kelly Gordon
Sung by Jake Holmes
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Average comedy with some bright spots
21 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

Seeing as Woody Allen was the credited writer and there was a talented director and cast involved, Don't Drink the Water had much potential. But while it is nowhere near as bad as some have said it could have been much better. It does have a fair few bright spots. It is not a bad-looking film, even if very 60s, the fashions are lovely to look at and give a real sense of nostalgia. Jackie Gleason does his absolute best but while he can be a little too abrasive he is very amusing. Richard Libertini also looks as if he's having fun, making his dialogue funnier than they deserved to be, and Michael Constantine gives very skilled support. There are a few good gags and pieces of dialogue, like Gleason and Constantine's confrontation, the spontaneous riot against the US embassy, "do you think it was a place that sold, guns, guards and barbed wire?" and the ahead of its time "that's the state department for you". Estelle Parssons is a mixed bag, she has moments where she's charming and her chemistry with Gleason is reasonably good but I do agree actually that she does come across as too much of an airhead. Ted Bussell is little more than a charmless dunce and the rest of the cast have nothing to do and can't do anything to make them shine. The film also feels very pedestrian, with a ridiculously overlong introduction, a story that can drag and be bloated and has some slack editing that really hurts the timing of most of the gags. The script has moments but for Allen, due to how much is changed, it lacks the sharpness, bite and wit that you associate with Allen to the extent it didn't sound like Allen's writing. It also didn't feel farcical enough, there was need of more energy, the humour was uneven and it could be too serious and not broad enough. The music sounded tacky and forgettable and really dated the film. All in all, there are some bright spots and there's much worse out there but Don't Drink the Water to me was rather average. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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