The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966)
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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.
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Critic Reviews for The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
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.
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.
...a disarming send-up of Cold War paranoia.
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.More
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.More
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.More
A cold war comedy that was nominated for best picture in 1966. Tells the story of 9 Russian sailors whose submarine runs a ground on a small Massachusetts resort Island (not unlike the Island in Jaws). They try to get a boat to de-ground their sub, but word gets around that they?re on the Island and it causes a full scale panic. There are a lot of amusing moments here, it wasn?t an all out laugh fest, but still very amusing. Alan Arkin is great as the Russian captain, and Brian Keith is really good as the rational town sheriff. The film depicts the tensions between America and Russia in a humorous way, but in the end it?s just Dr. Strangelove Lite, really Lite. It also could have used about fifteen minutes in trimming, but for the most part it was pretty amusing.More
The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming Quotes
- 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.
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