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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.


Woody Allen


Woody Allen (teleplay), Woody Allen (play)




Cast overview, first billed only:
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)


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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Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


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 »


Walter Hollander: I'm a dignified human being with a hernia.
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Version of Don't Drink the Water (1969) See more »


Danse du Sabre (Sabre Dance)
Written by Aram Khachaturyan (as Aram Khatchaturian)
Performed by Orchestre François Rauber
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a really funny film
24 September 2000 | by liz_levineSee all my reviews

I have been recommending this movie to friends for ages, not knowing that they had no possible way of actually seeing it since for some reason it never came out on video. The earlier version (with Jackie Gleason leading the cast) is a poor substitute. It has some of the same jokes, but none of the wit. It also does not have the SOUNDTRACK which in the 1994 made-for-TV-version was a sublime showcase for some very hot Bulgarian tunes. (I am a folk dancer, so I know my Bulgarian music!) The Gleason version gets air time ten-twelve times a year on cable and regular TV, but the 1994 version does not. It may have been made for TV, but seemingly it never comes back to the TV. I know because I have been reading the TV guide every week for a year now looking for this movie(!)

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Release Date:

18 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Espiões por Acaso See more »

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1.33 : 1
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