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.


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10 March 2003 | ejev
I'd watch this anytime
As someone who remembered how and where to crouch when the air raid siren went, and wondering how we were supposed to know when it was safe to come out, I have always cherished this film as a reminder that we're all human. It has every stereotype going, but it's okay - the characters are so lovingly drawn you don't care. I live in New England now, and while you don't see this version of xenophobic hysteria anymore(thank God!), you still hear the accents and see the regional quirks. Alan Arkin is dead on in his role, and as a student of Russian, I've gotten so I actually understand most of the dialogue. My daughter doesn't get the point of the movie, but then she didn't have duck and cover drills. I wish I knew when or if it were coming out on DVD.

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Trivia

Theodore Bikel speaks only Russian in the film; Norman Jewison has acknowledged that his fluency in the language was a principal reason in casting him.


Quotes

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: ...
Lieutenant Rozanov: ...


Goofs

In several scenes the sub is shown "grounded" on the island. BUT, in those same scenes, the sub is shown "rocking" with the motion of the waves. Beached vessels are solidly grounded and do not move.


Crazy Credits

In the title, the letters R and N in RUSSIANS are reversed to resemble Russian letters (which would literally translate to Ya and I), and the G in COMING is a hammer and sickle.


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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The Shining Sea
(uncredited)
Written by
Johnny Mandel & Peggy Lee
Performed by Irene Kral

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Comedy | War

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