The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming

The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming

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When a sightseeing Soviet commander runs his submarine aground off the New England coast, his crewb2ss attempts to find a boat to dislodge the sub almost starts World War III. Russian Lt. Rozanov 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, their police chief has left his hysterical assistant in charge.
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1 videodisc (126 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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Mar 12, 2018

This has been one of my favorite films forever—it’s quintessential small town America, but also a microcosm of human beings in any location on earth. It’s about people at their best and their worst, no matter the country of origin, language, or rank.

The film appeals to all ages not just because there are characters from all stages of life. It’s hilarious because you can’t help but acknowledge that every one of these characters is like any one of us at any given time: a boy full of mischief and his exasperated parents, a beautiful but innocent teenage girl, a handsome but awkward young sailor, a harried professional and his ever-patient wife, the town drunk, a grumpy police chief tired of the old fart who’s always stirring up trouble, Mildred the uptight elderly postmistress afraid for her honor while her deaf husband ignores her in the kitchen.

Then there is Alan Arkin‘s character: he’s the poor guy in charge of containing a situation that is out of hand the minute their sub grounds on a sandbar. His gruff commander couldn’t help himself, you see—he just wanted a peek at America! And now they need a boat to pull them off the sandbar, so he sends a few men to steal one. But first they must disguise themselves and learn a few English words, like “Emergency—Everyone to get from street!” Which of course fools no one given their heavily accented pronunciation. (Think Boris in “Rocky & Bullwinkle”, complete with trenchcoat.)

When an aged American nincompoop brandishes his service sword and tries to start a war, the Soviet commander threatens to blow up the town. What breaks the tension? A naughty little boy. Any more I cannot say!

The ending is utopian of course in that there are no political ramifications, but that’s how we all wish the world could be—Live and let live, forgive and forget. Live by the Golden Rule.

A sweet, funny film with a happy ending—and a big heart.

Apr 03, 2017

Great Political Satire!

AuntieS12 Sep 18, 2014


Jul 12, 2014

Some of the finest comics ever team up for "The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming". Alan Arkin leads the cast with Jonathon Winters and Donald Sutherland right behind him. This should be considered one of the comic films to ever come out. It has a wonderful cast and script. You won't be disappointed with this one! Side note: As of 7/12/14 there is only one copy of this great DVD.

crankylibrarian Feb 21, 2014

The Cold War becomes fuel for slapstick in this brilliant satire of jingoism, xenophobia and paranoia. A Russian sub runs aground off the New England coast; when the crew members sneak into town to "casually" rent a boat, panic ensues. Alan Arkin is delightful as the suave Russian commander, and John Phillip Law plays a dreamboat young Russian who romances the local girl. Great fun, with a thoughtful message.

aaa5756 Dec 23, 2012

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. “Not too bad---good performance”. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.”

Feb 17, 2012

this is a good quality situational comedy/drama. I just didn't like it as well as others from that period

Aug 08, 2011

My gracious! I had forgotten how hilarious this is. The rise and fall of the action here is perfect, and may supplant my love for "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World!", given the latter hasn't quite enough to sustain itself to the very last frame the way this film does. Sometimes it's better to shorten the material to fit in fewer jokes.


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