Don't Drink the Water


Don't Drink the Water

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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.


Ed Herlihy
as Narrator
Woody Allen
as Walter Hollander
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
Skip Rose
as Embassy Staff
Josef Sommer
as Amb. James F. Magee
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

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Audience Reviews for Don't Drink the Water

  • Mar 11, 2012
    Woody's Cold War satire is overwrought, overwritten, and ultimately, underwhelming.
    Jonathan H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2010
    I'm sure its decent on stage, but as a film its almost worthless.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 09, 2009
    I HATE Woody Allen & I HATED this movie.I could NOT sit through it all
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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