The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!

The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!

Director: Norman Jewison Cast: Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Alan Arkin

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Overview

Just because The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming was vastly overrated by contemporary critics does not make it any less amusing. The story gets under way when a Soviet submarine accidently gets lodged in a sandbar on the coast of a New England town. In his feature film debut, Alan Arkin plays the sub's second-in-command, who is ordered by commander Theodore Bikel to free up the sub and skeedaddle before an international incident erupts. Hoping to secure a power boat to tug the sub out to sea, Arkin and his men call upon vacationing TV writer Carl Reiner, passing themselves off as Norwegians. When this ruse fails, Arkin is reluctantly compelled to force Reiner at gunpoint to fetch his motorboat, while gentle-natured Russian sailor John Philip Law is left behind to guard Reiner's wife Eva Marie Saint and pretty neighbor girl Andrea Dromm (yes, love blooms). The plot thickens when the locals, notably bullnecked sheriff Brian Keith and superpatriot Paul Ford, spread the word that the Russians have "invaded" their little community. Several slapstick complications later, the Russians and the locals face each other down in the center of the village, weapons at the ready. Fortunately, World War 3 is averted when the Russians and the villagers band together to rescue young Johnny Whittaker from falling to his doom. Enormously popular upon its first release, The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming still works on a slick sitcom level. The film was based on a novel by Nathaniel Benchley, the son of humorist Robert Benchley and the father of Jaws author Peter Benchley.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/02/1994
UPC: 0027616149039
Original Release: 1966
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carl Reiner Walt Whittaker
Eva Marie Saint Elspeth Whittaker
Alan Arkin Lt. Rozanov
Brian Keith Link Mattocks
Jonathan Winters Norman Jonas
Theodore Bikel Russian Captain
Paul Ford Fendall Hawkins
Tessie O'Shea Alice Foss
John Phillip Law Alexei Kolchin
Andrea Dromm Alison Palmer
Ben Blue Luther Grilk
Sheldon Golomb Pete Whittaker
Cindy Putnam Annie Whittaker
Guy Raymond Lester Tilly
Cliff Norton Charlie Hinkson
Philip Coolidge Mr. Porter
Don Keefer Irving Christiansen
Parker Fennelly Mr. Everett
Doro Merande Muriel Everett
Vaughn Taylor Mr. Bell
Johnny Whitaker Jerry Maxwell
Nikita Knatz Gromolsky
Milos Milos Lysenko
Gino Gottarelli Kregitkin
Peter Brocco Rev. Hawthorne
Richard Schaal Oscar Maxwell
Sheldon Collins Pete Whittaker
Michael J. Pollard Airplane Mechanic (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Norman Jewison Director,Producer
Del Armstrong Makeup
Hal Ashby Editor
Nathaniel Benchley Screenwriter
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Robert F. Boyle Art Director
Daniel W. Hays Special Effects
Peggy Lee Songwriter
Johnny Mandel Score Composer
Walter Mirisch Producer
William Rose Screenwriter
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
J. Terry Williams Editor

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The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming! 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm only 20 years old, and maybe a little unusual in my appreciation for history, but I have always adored this movie, even when I was younger than 10. Not only is it one of the funniest movies I have ever seen, but it's so incredibly human and touching. The actors, whether they actually learned Russian or spoke lines phonetically, speak amazingly well, far surpassing many attempts at foreign language in other movies. Not only is the movie enjoyable, it is so believable, and quite an astounding statement to be made during the Cold War. It was based on a book called ''The Off Landers,'' next on my reading list if I can find a copy. If only modern movies could be half as good as this wonderful film, I would stop wishing I was born into the wrong era.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
we grew up with this film, we introduced it to our children at a young age and now they request it for birthday & Christmas gifts. Great acting by all. Jonathan Winters and Ford are too funny.
Happy_Gardner More than 1 year ago
For those of us that remember drills at school of ducking under desks in case of attack by those bad Russian Communists, this movie hits the spot. Not intellectual, but fun to watch with the family. For what it's worth, even the Russian spoken in the movie is really quite good linguistically (including some swear words:^) And there's nothing like a happy ending. Alan Arkin, Brian Keith and Jonathan Winters are great in this.
DrGuam More than 1 year ago
My family lived next door to a movie theater for several years and this was one gem of that era that I have never forgotten. A few times in the intervening decades I've had the chance to see this and tried to never miss it. Now that I have a copy I can laugh again and again at will. If you can find my 'Aunt Olga' (a Russian speaking family friend) she will happily sit with you and translate the Russian if see doesn't break down laughing hysterically! The townspeople dealing with their own private invasion, Brian Keith trying to keep a lid on the chaos you know is coming, and Jonathan Winters, well being himself all are just incredibly effective humour. Watch with friends and be prepared to watch it again! A cold war classic that for all the right reasons ranks alongside Dr. Strangelove!! A must have for film buffs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly one of the funniest movies ever made. You can't help but laugh at a film that makes so much fun of the human condition. Of course, this is much funnier to someone like myself that remembers the cold war; it makes the situation of a Russion submarine stuck on a sandbar of a New England island just that much more hilarious. Carl Riener, Paul Ford, Brian Keith, Jonathan Winters, and of course, Alan Arkin are all in top form. When you look up the word ''comedy'' in my dictionary, there's the poster to this film.
sadie_leona More than 1 year ago
Have you got a few extra hours? No? Then make some time. Watch this movie! Inexplicably hilarious. Takes a bit to get going, but it gets there!
pjk9999 More than 1 year ago
A great cast and plot that moves well, and takes you for a great ride. It is hard to find a real villian in this film, though there are one or two. A bit dated, but a comedy that the whole family can watch. A real blast for the babybommers who lived through these times. Hard to believe it was made during the cold war. Just a fun one day romp on a small island getaway. Not a deep movie, just a fun one to watch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I lived through the cold war and this movie captures its insanity and silliness with no apologies and none necessary. I loved it then and I love it now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the funniest movies ever made.
Guest More than 1 year ago
no subtitles for when the men who are talking russian want happen that part was to be subtitle,, in overall it is a funny movie but disappointing that when the men talked russian you had no Idea want was said and I think that part would have been good to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is one of the best movies i have seen. The humor is second to none, and the quirky small town could be anywhere and anytime in recent history. Everyone will remind you of someone you know. A must see!