The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966)
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Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 3
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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
Jan 1, 1966 Wide
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Eva Marie Saint
John Phillip Law
Michael J. Pollard
Airplane Mechanic (uncr...
Arkin, in his film bow, is absolutely outstanding as the courtly Russian who kisses a lady's hand even as he draws a gun.
Inexplicably nominated for Best Picture Oscar, Norman Jewison's situation comedy is mildly amusing, benefiting from a catchy title and allowing Alan Arkin to sport a Russian accent as sailor of a Soviet submarine.
Though the film is more than two hours long, the pace is always quick, thanks to the fine editing done by Williams and future director Ashby.
Sweet and charmingly funny in many places, this is dated but entertaining.
It skewers hawkish reactionism and mob militancy, and its sympathetic portrayal of the beached Russians -- not to mention the panicky buffoonery of the Americans -- probably gave the more rabid Commie-haters conniptions.
MGM's DVD release delivers a good transfer (2.35:1 anamorphic) from a clean and colorful source-print. The audio is fine, but rather thin, in monaural DD 2.0. Extras are the engagingly oddball original theatrical trailer and a 23-minute interview...
A true classic Cold War comedy told with wit, slapstick, and paranoia.
Now terribly quaint (just look at the title!) and not nearly as funny as film historians would lead you to believe.
The cast is great and the scene in which Carl Reiner and vaudeville vet Tessie O'Shea are lashed together is unforgettably funny.
Cold war hysteria hits a peak in this clever satire.
The serious side feels simplistic (we're all just humans) and the comedy feels overstated.
...whether or not it's great is beside the point. A measure of the film's success was how fast its two hours went by.
...a disarming send-up of Cold War paranoia.
Audience Reviews for The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
- Fendall Hawkins: Don't fire until you see the whites... Get out of the way! It's Agnes Grill!
- Muriel Everett: [looking out window at Russians trying to steal a car] It's those damned high school kids again!
- Norman Jonas: We've just GOT to get organized!
- Russian Captain: I am wounded in dignity only.
- Link Mattocks: Emergency Emergency, Everyone is to get from street.
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