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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.

Director:

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

One of seven films Woody Allen and Julie Kavner appear in together. See more »

Quotes

Walter Hollander: I'm a dignified human being with a hernia.
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Connections

References The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Staccato capriccio
Performed by Sándor Lakatos (as Sandor Lakatos) & His Orchestra
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precious
7 July 2008 | by winner55See all my reviews

I caught this on videotape and watched it over and over again - it's hilarious. The best comic performance by Fox, the best by Delouise (whom I normally loathe), great performances by all.

Allen's performance (basically, he's playing his own father) is stunning in his effortless timing, and he directs the ensemble around him accordingly.

The camera work is nothing special, but what do you expect from TV? That this made its way to television is itself part of the miracle.

My own guess is that this is the production that Allen should have retired on - he hasn't made a dam' thing of interest since.

But this is perfect.

Flawlessly ridiculous - a precious gem of American comic theater.


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