The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966)
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as Walt Whittaker
as Lt. Rozanov
as Elspeth Whittaker
as Norman Jones
as Link Mattocks
as Russian Captain
as Fendall Hawkins
as Alice Foss
as Alexei Kolchin
as Alison Palmer
as Luther Grilk
as Pete Whittaker
as Annie Whittaker
as Lester Tilly
as Charlie Hinkson
as Oscar Maxwell
as Isaac Porter
as Irving Christiansen
as Mr. Everett
as Muriel Everett
as Mr. Bell
as Jerry Maxwell
as Rev. Hawthorne
as Pete Whittaker
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.
Over-rated but still holds up as a moderately amusing sit-com lightweight parody of the cold-war and small-town America.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
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.
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.
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.
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