Unrated | | Comedy, War
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.
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.
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: ...
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.
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.
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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