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Don't Drink the Water (1994)

An ordinary American family goes on vacation to Europe. Because of the Cold War they are stuck in the U.S. Embassy surrounding by the Soviet forces.

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Woody Allen

Writers:

Woody Allen (teleplay), Woody Allen (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Herlihy Ed Herlihy ... Narrator
Josef Sommer ... Ambassador Magee
Robert Stanton ... Mr. Burns
Edward Herrmann ... Mr. Kilroy
Rosemary Murphy ... Miss Pritchard
Michael J. Fox ... Axel Magee
Woody Allen ... Walter Hollander
Julie Kavner ... Marion Hollander
Mayim Bialik ... Susan Hollander
Ed Van Nuys Ed Van Nuys ... Embassy Staff
Skip Rose Skip Rose ... Embassy Staff
Leonid Citer ... Policeman (as Leonid Uscher)
Stas Kmiec ... Policeman (as Stas' Kmiec')
Vit Horejs Vit Horejs ... Krojack
Sándor Técsy Sándor Técsy ... Krojack's Colleague (as Sandor Tecsy)
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Storyline

Somewhere behind the early 1960s Cold War iron curtain, the Hollander family cause an international spying incident when Walter photographs a sunset in a sensitive region. In order to stay out of jail, the Hollanders take refuge in the American Embassy, which is temporarily being run by the absent Ambassador's diplomatically incompetent son, Axel. Written by Rob Hartill

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They Couldn't Wait To Get In. Now It's Hilarious Trying To Get Out! (DVD)

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kata lathos kataskopos See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Woody Allen decided to do his own television film version of his 1966 play, after a belated viewing of Don't Drink the Water (1969), with which he had nothing to do, and which he thought was inferior. See more »

Quotes

Walter Hollander: I'm a dignified human being with a hernia.
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References Lawrence of Arabia (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Wonderful Violin
Performed by Sándor Lakatos (as Sandor Lakatos) & His Orchestra
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can't please everybody
17 April 2005 | by knifeintheeyeSee all my reviews

I LOVE THIS MOVIE. The story involves visiting American smucks in the old communist Russia. A picture is snapped in the wrong spot and the KGB assumes the family are spys. They take up residence in an American embassy and need asylum. Love blossoms and tempers soar--an old fashioned screwball comedy. I know some people say it's not one of Woody's best...and it isn't. It isn't even close to the top of that list. But...I laugh my tush off with this movie. Alex Keaton and Blossom are great. Woody Allen is, well, Woody Allen. It is nothing but a popcorn movie. Flawed? Yes. It is very funny though and a great mid level Woody movie in the same vein as "Take the money and Run'--but with a plot. Watch it, enjoy it, laugh.


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