Don't Drink the Water

Don't Drink the Water


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The second film to be made from Woody Allen's successful stage comedy (following a 1969 feature starring Jackie Gleason), Don't Drink the Water is a made-for-television adaptation directed by and starring Allen himself. The fish-out-of-water premise remains the same: Allen plays Walter Hollander, a caterer from New Jersey who takes his family on vacation to a fictional Eastern European country. The trip turns sour when, thanks to a series of misunderstandings involving some inopportune snapshots, they are accused of espionage. The family goes on the run, taking refuge in the American Embassy. There, with the help of a wily young diplomat, they try to figure out a way to return to America without sparking an international incident. Though this version is set 25 years later than the original film, the changes are mostly cosmetic: the visual style is hand-held and more frantic, and the script replaces numerous references to the Cold War with a few glancing nods to present-day politics. Another notable change, the addition of an opening montage parodying newsreels, was reportedly the result of network pressure after Allen's initial cut proved too short for the planned time slot.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/2003
UPC: 0786936209495
Original Release: 1994
Rating: PG
Source: Walt Disney Video
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround]
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 22,152

Special Features

Dolby Digital surround sound; Fullscreen (1.33:1)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ed Herlihy Narrator
Robert Stanton Mr. Burns
Edward Herrmann Mr. Kilroy
Rosemary Murphy Miss Pritchard
Michael Fox Axel Magee
Woody Allen Walter Hollander
Julie Kavner Marian Hollander
Mayim Bialik Susan Hollander
Dom DeLuise Father Drobney
Skip Rose Embassy Staff
Austin Pendleton Chef Oscar
John Doumanian Emir
Erick Avari Emir's Aide
Brian McConnachie Washington Reporter
Victor Steinbach Herbert Gruber
Frederick Rolf Yannis Kasnar
Taina Elg Anna Gruber
Josef Sommer Ambassador Magee
Ed Van Nuys Embassy Staff

Technical Credits
Woody Allen Director,Screenwriter
Susan E. Morse Editor
Carlo Di Palma Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles; "1961" [7:26]
2. The Hollanders [10:50]
3. The Refugees [6:19]
4. Father Drobney [5:42]
5. The Emir [12:28]
6. The Spy Trade [3:43]
7. Foiled Escape [5:43]
8. "Stay Away From The Windows!" [5:51]
9. A Plan To Escape [16:44]
10. The Party [7:31]
11. The Harem [7:50]
12. End Credits [1:40]

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