The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming (1966)

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Without hostile intent, a Soviet submarine runs aground off New England. Men are sent for a boat, but many villagers go into a tizzy, risking bloodshed.




  • Parker Fennelly and Doro Merande in The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming (1966)
  • Andrea Dromm and John Phillip Law in The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming (1966)
  • Doro Merande in The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming (1966)
  • The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming (1966)
  • Norman Jewison in The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming (1966)
  • Doro Merande in The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming (1966)

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10 September 2005 | rivershore
| A gem of a movie
A situation comedy of errors with lots of sight gags, a who's who of character actors, and a heartwarming ending.

However, I don't understand the "goof" listed above: "Errors in geography: Both the US and Russian maps show Gloucester as an isolated island, which is clearly not the case. There is also the implication (in the film) that Gloucester is not connected to the mainland, also not the case."

How can this be an error when Gloucester is a fictional island? The map looked like Nantucket stood on its end.

Better quotes for this movie are:

"Emergency. Everybody to get from street." -- Russian landing party "We've got to get organized!" --Jonathan Winters "Muriel, whatcha doin' up there?"

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The only Best Picture Oscar nominee not nominated in either of the support acting categories that year.


Lieutenant Rozanov: What is it Captain? What are you doing?
Lieutenant Rozanov: Show me our position.
Lieutenant Rozanov: What? WHAT? Tovarich Captain...
The Russian Captain: Take it easy.
Lieutenant Rozanov: Permit me, Captain. Look at our position.
The Russian Captain: I don't need your advice.
Lieutenant Rozanov: But this is dangerous! The chart is old! We do not know these waters.
Russian sailor: Comrade ...


Established etiquette for displaying the United States flag when hung vertically is to have the blue union on the uppermost left - during the credits at the end of the movie the flag appears with the union on the upper right.

Crazy Credits

At the end it says THE KONETS, only with "konets" actually written in the Russian alphabet. The word, of course, means END. [It looks like "KOHEU," only with square corners on the U part.]

Alternate Versions

Some local stations played a slightly different version of the film in the mid-80's: they cut at least part of both credits. For example, instead of beginning the movie with the credits that show the title, and such things (the one that alternates between Russian and American flags), but the tv version removes most of the opening credits. They only credit the writer, producer and director. This means that most of the credits are cut, and the film opens with the shot of the captain opening his eye over a black screen. Also, the end credits were also shortened-they fade out immediately after the last of the cast list has been shown, and it doesnt show the scroll end. This basically only deletes about three seconds, and all that is really noticable is the rather abrupt ending of the credit music.


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Performed by Irene Kral


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