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  • Actors: Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Alan Arkin, Brian Keith, Jonathan Winters
  • Directors: Norman Jewison
  • Writers: Nathaniel Benchley, William Rose
  • Producers: Norman Jewison, Walter Mirisch
  • Format: Full Screen, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: October 15, 2002
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (283 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FDAX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,005 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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When a sightseeing Soviet commander runs his submarine aground off the New England coast, the crew's attempts to find a boat to dislodge them almost start WWIII! Alan Arkin leads an all-star castincluding Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Brian Keith and Jonathan Wintersin this riotous, uproarious [and] side-splitting (Cue) comedy! Russian Lt. Rozanov (Arkin) and his crew hit the beaches of Massachusetts unaware of the panic they're about to start. Despite the Russians harmless intentions, the folks in town think a full-scale Soviet invasion has been launched! What's worse, theirpolice chief (Keith) has left his hysterical assistant (Winters) in charge and the one man who knows the truth (Reiner) is only stirring up more chaos!


The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming looks overly cute now, but really, it was pretty hip for 1966. The cold war was in full deep-freeze when this well-meaning comedy tried to thaw things out a little: a Soviet submarine beaches on the New England coast, sending the locals into a paranoid frenzy. The chief pleasure of the film is Alan Arkin as the sub captain; this was Arkin's first major film role, and he had already mastered his exasperated, slow-burning frown (to say nothing of mastering his Russian dialogue). Arkin snagged an Oscar® nomination, with the movie receiving nominations for best picture, adapted screenplay, and editing--nods that reflect the film's smashing success at the box office. Somewhat dated now, the movie still has its place in the roster of raucous, American small-town comedies; seen in childhood, it will linger nicely as a depiction of foolish grown-ups. --Robert Horton

Customer Reviews

Great cast and a very funny movie.
Greg Shuck
This is a fun movie about US paranoia with the Russians during the Cold War.
Linda Macdonald
If you need a good laugh, this is the movie for you.

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93 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Brenda L Privara on April 13, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I have watched this movie more times than I can count, and each time I find myself laughing until I cry. When a Russian submarine accidentally runs aground of a sleepy little island summer town, the people literally go nuts. Alan Arkin, Carl Reiner, Brian Keith and Jonathan Winters are just a few of the many fine actors who make this movie a laugh a minute. When the bumbling Russians tie up and gag the elderly Post-Mistress "Muriel Everitt" and sit her on top of the refrigerator - you will laugh until your sides ache when her nearly deaf husband eats breakfast 2 feet from her and never realizes she's behind him struggling to get his attention. The sight of Carl Reiner tied up face to face with the hefty town operator and their efforts to hop down a steep flight of steps, (ending, naturally, with the heavy woman falling on top of Carl Reiner and passing out ) is more than I could take with out laughing until I cried. Please rent this movie and have the entire family watch it with you. It's in the genre of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" and you will enjoy every moment !
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91 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Robin Wolfson VINE VOICE on August 12, 2003
Format: DVD
Forget the American characters, the story here is the Russians, led by Theodore Bikel as the Russian sub captain who just wants to get a closer look at the enemy and Alan Arkin as his long-suffering first officer. (As well as John Phillip Law as a young and innocent Russian sailor.) And yes, Arkin's wonderful line "Everybody to get from strit" has long been a family favorite.
As for the nostalgia for "simpler days" of the sixties, let's remember that this film was made in 1965/66, which means it was written no later than 1964. Deep, dark, scary days. It was released only three years after the murder of President Kennedy, four after the Cuban missile crisis, a year at most after the Tonkin Gulf incident that provided the US with a convenient excuse for committing troops to Vietnam, a short ten years after the Mau Mau massacres in the Congo, another short ten years after the Russians sent tanks into Hungary, and a very short twenty years after World War II.
There was nothing simple or innocent about those days. The world was tired and aching. Can anyone be blamed for making films that featured a simpler context: a small town where everyone really does know everyone else, where people take care of each other despite their differences, and where a few people from opposite sides of the cold war can work together? "The Russians Are Coming. . ." belongs to a genre of peace films that reached their zenith in the fifties and sixties, climaxing, of course, with "Dr. Strangelove, or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By James Ferguson VINE VOICE on November 24, 2003
Format: DVD
This movie takes a different approach to the Cold War than did Kubrick's classic Dr. Strangelove, playing on the hysteria in a more conventional way. There is no end to the mirth in this one as the Russians find themselves stranded off Cape Cod, and go in search of help. Soon the whole town is in a panic, with forces mobilized against the red peril. Jewison makes the most of the situation, creating so many amusing scenes anchored by excellent performances. Alan Arkin is the straight man in this farce, which spins wildly out of control, before being brought back down to earth when a boy is found hanging by his finger nails to a roof eave. I imagine Jewison got into some hot water for portraying Russians as human. This movie was made at the height of the Cold War when Americans could only see Russians as the evil menace. The movie has held up well over time thanks in large part to the many fine performances.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "katfish8" on July 16, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I am dumbfounded by Maltins'"overated" comment on this movie because this is a comedy that is STILL beloved by all ages. I remember seeing this at the drivein in my pajamas with the huge bag of homemade popcorn and my 3 brothers stuffed in the back of a 1960 comet. The story of a small town's reaction to a Russian sub landing on their island, by mistake, is pure joy and hillarity. I still love this wonderful movie with the comic GIANTS such as Alan Arkin, Jonathan Winters, Carl Reiner, and many more. Actually filmed on the Northern coast of California, director Norman Jewison is a genius that we sorely miss in today's techno-mass marketed, slasher/crud movies. A MUST-SEE for anyone who appreciates classic comedy!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By markstarr21@yahoo.com on November 22, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This day and age, it seems like comedies are made to outdo the last one.....The Russians are coming, The Russians are Coming is a film that will always stand alone in American Film History, not a masterpiece, just a great comedy. Simply put, this movie echoes many of the sentiments that were evident at the time of the movies release. Not everyone was totally "global" in their thinking during The Cold War as today, and many relied on "hear say" for news and events. This movie is all about communication with each other....and not communicating with each other... Every character in this movie is someone we all can relate to sometime in our lives be it good, bad, friend or foe. And our perceptions of Russians at that time was right on point as Alan Arkin proves. We have all had our experiences with "did you hear?" in word of mouth chat in our communities. This movie brings that piece of our lives home, and in the end, makes us reflect on our own fears, perceptions and truths. There are times while viewing this movie that you forget the actors are acting, it almost appears like you are watching a real township's people assemble to tackle the great unknown....which is an overblown crisis from two points of view.....
"The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming" is great picture, no explosions, no special effects, just a fun film to watch with great characters. Enjoy!
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