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Don't Drink the Water (1969)





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Based on the play by Woody Allen, this film follows the events that befall caterer Walter Hollander and his family when their peaceful vacation is interrupted by a hijacker. Held prisoner in the fictional communist country of Vulgaria, Walter and his family must hide out in the American embassy and come up with a plan to escape.
Classics , Comedy
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Jackie Gleason
as Walter Hollander
Estelle Parsons
as Marion Hollander
Ted Bessell
as Axel Magee
Joan Delaney
as Susan Hollander
Howard St. John
as Ambassador Magee
Danny Meehan
as Kilroy
Richard Libertini
as Fr. Drobney
Mark Gordon
as Mirik
Dwayne Early
as Donald
Joan Murphy
as Airline Clerk
Martin Danzig
as Mishkin
Rene Constantineau
as Organ Grinder
Howard Morris
as Getaway Pilot
Ted Bessel
as Axel Magee
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Critic Reviews for Don't Drink the Water

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The title should be Don't See The Film.

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Don't Drink the Water was Woody Allen's first play. It had a successful run on Broadway and has enjoyed a long history in community theaters and high schools ever since. Allen didn't have much to do with this movie version, which was released in 1969; his involvement probably inspired the name of the movie Allen made that same year - Take the Money and Run. The movie version is directed with a plodding pace by Howard Morris, the brilliant comic actor whose directing work has been limited to sitcoms ever since; this was his last feature. There are a lot of fine character actors in this movie, all pretty much misused. I remember enjoying this movie when I was a kid, but I couldn't make it through this time around.

Standard vehicle for Jackie Gleason to display his obnoxious loudmouthed character. Estelle Parsons, Ted Bissell and Michael Constantine were good too. Some funny moments but too long and plot gets tiresome at some point.

John Tandlich
John Tandlich

Mildy funny comedy from the late 60s about a family that has their vacation completely upheaved when they are mistakenly thought to be spies when taking a family photo. The film is based on a play by Woody Allen, and I think the film would be funnier if the screenplay was written by him and if the movie was directed by Allen. The idea is very much an Allen idea, but the direction is that late 60s zaby comedy the kind of stuff made with the counterculture in mind but not made by anyone involved in the counterculture. Things like "Casino Royale", which also featured Allen. Allen isn't really involved being the writer of the original play. Jackie Gleason does a fine job in the lead, and I felt Estelle Parsons was pretty funny. I thought this was okay, but part of me knows it was lacking the flavor that made "Bananas" work so well.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

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