The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966)


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Movie Info

This film begins when a Soviet submarine accidentally gets lodged in a sandbar on the coast of a New England town. Alan Arkin plays the sub's second-in-command, who is ordered to free up the sub and skedaddle before an international incident erupts. However, that proves to be a difficult undertaking.

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: William Rose, Nathaniel Benchley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 15, 2002


as Walt Whittaker

as Lt. Rozanov

as Elspeth Whittaker

as Norman Jones

as Link Mattocks

as Russian Captain

as Fendall Hawkins

as Alice Foss

as Alexei Kolchin

as Alison Palmer

as Luther Grilk

as Pete Whittaker

as Annie Whittaker

as Lester Tilly

as Charlie Hinkson

as Oscar Maxwell

as Isaac Porter

as Irving Christiansen

as Mr. Everett

as Muriel Everett

as Jerry Maxwell

as Brodsky

as Maliavin

as Gromolsky

as Hrushevsky

as Lysenko

as Kregitkin

as Rev. Hawthorne

as Pete Whittaker
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Critic Reviews for The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (2)

Arkin, in his film bow, is absolutely outstanding as the courtly Russian who kisses a lady's hand even as he draws a gun.

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
Top Critic

More memorable for its title than for anything else.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Over-rated but still holds up as a moderately amusing sit-com lightweight parody of the cold-war and small-town America.

Full Review… | March 28, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review… | March 14, 2008

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.

Full Review… | October 31, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Sweet and charmingly funny in many places, this is dated but entertaining.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming


Over the top send-up of the Cold War has its moments wherein the paranoia of the times makes for some amusement as Russian sailors "invade" Cape Cod. Arkin is the reason to see this, altho Winters, Keith and Ford aid in the effort. A dated piece however.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

An intriguing look into the Cold War's true impact on American life, a bewildered Carl Reiner and an equally misplaced Alan Arkin made for a barrel full of laughs.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

This is enormously funny. It goes to prove that you don't need to treat the Cold War as a reenactment of Red Dawn and its remakes. The entire cast are fabulous and this is a true ensemble comedy.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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