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Don't Drink the Water (1994)

Don't Drink the Water (1994)




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The second film to be made from Woody Allen's successful stage comedy (following a 1969 feature starring Jackie Gleason), Don't Drink the Water is a made-for-television adaptation directed by and starring Allen himself. The fish-out-of-water premise remains the same: Allen plays Walter Hollander, a caterer from New Jersey who takes his family on vacation to a fictional Eastern European country. The trip turns sour when, thanks to a series of misunderstandings involving some inopportune snapshots, they are accused of espionage. The family goes on the run, taking refuge in the American Embassy. There, with the help of a wily young diplomat, they try to figure out a way to return to America without sparking an international incident. Though this version is set 25 years later than the original film, the changes are mostly cosmetic: the visual style is hand-held and more frantic, and the script replaces numerous references to the Cold War with a few glancing nods to present-day politics. Another notable change, the addition of an opening montage parodying newsreels, was reportedly the result of network pressure after Allen's initial cut proved too short for the planned time slot.
Comedy , Television
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Woody Allen
as Walter Hollander
Ed Herlihy
as Narrator
Julie Kavner
as Marion Hollander
Michael J. Fox
as Axel Magee
Mayim Bialik
as Susan Hollander
Dom DeLuise
as Father Drobney
Edward Herrmann
as Mr. Kilroy
Robert Stanton
as Mr. Burns
Austin Pendleton
as Chef Oscar
Josef Sommer
as Amb. James F. Magee
Skip Rose
as Embassy Staff
Rosemary Murphy
as Miss Pritchard
Erick Avari
as Emir's Aide
Brian McConnachie
as Washington Reporter
Victor Steinbach
as Herbert Gruber
Frederick Rolf
as Yannis Kasnar
Taina Elg
as Anna Gruber
Ed Van Nuys
as Embassy Staff
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Critic Reviews for Don't Drink the Water

All Critics (9)

OK Woody Allen play-based story.

October 16, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Solid TV version of Allen's play.

November 20, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Don't Drink the Water

even though made as a TV movie based on a successful stage play doesn't feel like it under the skillful direction of Allen.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

I assume the poor reviews had to do with holding Woody Allen to higher standards than the rest of the world. This didn't have any of the brilliant mind altering life altering deep thoughts I expect from him, but it was legitimately entertaining. There was no higher moral or message to walk away with, but the characters were solid and well developed, the acting was all perfectly executed, and there were a lot of laughs. And really. Michael J. Fox. You can't have a bad movie with Woody OR Michael, certainly not with them together.

Liz Klingler
Liz Klingler

Woody's Cold War satire is overwrought, overwritten, and ultimately, underwhelming.

Jonathan Hutchings
Jonathan Hutchings

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