The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming


The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming

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The Cold War goes from bad to mirth in this political comedy about a New England town sent into a tizzy when a Russian sub runs aground on a nearby sandbar.

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Carl Reiner
as Walt Whittaker
Alan Arkin
as Lt. Rozanov
Eva Marie Saint
as Elspeth Whittaker
Jonathan Winters
as Norman Jones
Brian Keith
as Link Mattocks
Theodore Bikel
as Russian Captain
Paul Ford
as Fendall Hawkins
Tessie O'Shea
as Alice Foss
John Phillip Law
as Alexei Kolchin
Andrea Dromm
as Alison Palmer
Ben Blue
as Luther Grilk
Sheldon Golomb
as Pete Whittaker
Cindy Putnam
as Annie Whittaker
Guy Raymond
as Lester Tilly
Cliff Norton
as Charlie Hinkson
Richard Schaal
as Oscar Maxwell
Philip Coolidge
as Isaac Porter
Don Keefer
as Irving Christiansen
Parker Fennelly
as Mr. Everett
Doro Merande
as Muriel Everett
Johnny Whitaker
as Jerry Maxwell
Ray Baxter
as Brodsky
Paul Verdier
as Maliavin
Nikita Knatz
as Gromolsky
Alex Hassilev
as Hrushevsky
Milos Milos
as Lysenko
Gino Gottarelli
as Kregitkin
Peter Brocco
as Rev. Hawthorne
Sheldon Collins
as Pete Whittaker
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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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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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.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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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.


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