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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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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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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "Don't Drink the Water" opened at the Morosco Theater on November 17, 1966, and ran for five hundred ninety-eight performances. 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 »

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Danse du Sabre (Sabre Dance)
Written by Aram Khachaturyan (as Aram Khatchaturian)
Performed by Orchestre François Rauber
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Hilarious cold war comedy
30 March 2010 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Woody Allen and company provide nearly non-stop laughs in this hilarious TV-movie version of his play, "Don't Drink the Water," done in 1994. Allen plays Walter Hollander, a New Jersey caterer who is accused of being a spy and seeks asylum in the local American embassy with his wife (Julie Kavner) and daughter (Mayim Bialik). The embassy already houses a priest (Dom Deluise) who, in the six years of domicile, has been practicing magic tricks. He doesn't have the hang of any of them yet. Also, the embassy is expecting a visit from an emir who shows up with attendants and 12 wives. The ambassador (Josef Summer) is in Washington and has left the place in the non-capable hands of his son (Michael J. Fox) who, when he took over the Brazilian embassy, had them importing coffee. Edward Herrmann is the assistant, Kilroy. After a nasty bang on the head, he thinks he's both Wright Brothers. There are state police and soon protesters outside. It's a set-up for disaster.

Everyone is fabulous in this chaotic film, and there are plenty of bits besides the failed magic tricks that provide laughs aplenty. One of the funniest occurs when Allen demands real food like boiled chicken, and the chef announces he's serving rabbit. He's holding the priest's rabbit that he uses for his magic tricks, and a chase ensues. Kavner as Marion is a riot as she irons, vacuums, and spars with Allen, who is in top form. When Allen announces he can't wear silk because it aggravates his skin - he has the thighs of a princess, according to his doctor - it's priceless.

I highly recommend this movie for people who just want to be entertained and laugh their heads off. It's not deep, it's not relevant, it's not vulgar, it's the kind of comedy that used to be done - crazy, funny, with great characters. Good for what ails you.


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