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


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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


Classics, Comedy

William Rose

Oct 15, 2002


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

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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More memorable for its title than for anything else.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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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.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

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.

April 5, 2006 Full Review Source:

A true classic Cold War comedy told with wit, slapstick, and paranoia.

February 18, 2006

Now terribly quaint (just look at the title!) and not nearly as funny as film historians would lead you to believe.

April 29, 2004 Full Review Source:

Fabulously funny!

June 19, 2003
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

At the foundation of this movie is a great script.

June 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

The cast is great and the scene in which Carl Reiner and vaudeville vet Tessie O'Shea are lashed together is unforgettably funny.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Cold war hysteria hits a peak in this clever satire.

February 14, 2003
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

The serious side feels simplistic (we're all just humans) and the comedy feels overstated.

February 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

...a disarming send-up of Cold War paranoia.

November 10, 2002
Movie Metropolis

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.
January 7, 2013

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.
December 2, 2010

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.
March 5, 2014
John Ballantine

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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.
March 29, 2008

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