The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!


Facts and Figures

Production compaines: The Mirisch Corporation

Reviews 3 / 5

Cast & Crew



Starring: as Walt Whittaker, as Elspeth Whittaker, as Lt. Rozanov, as Police Chief Link Mattocks, as Fendall Hawkins, as The Russian captain, as Norman Jones, Tessie O'Shea as Alice Foss (telephone operator), as Alexei Kolchin, Ben Blue as Luther Grilk, Guy Raymond as Lester Tilly, Andrea Dromm as Alison Palmer, Sheldon Collins as Pete Whittaker, Cliff Norton as Charlie Hinkson, Richard Schaal as Oscar Maxwell

The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! Review

Now terribly quaint (just look at the title!) and not nearly as funny as film historians would lead you to believe, The Russians Are Coming! is nonetheless quite daring for its day. In 1966, the Cold War was close to its peak, and Norman Jewison took a chance on a little book called Off Islanders, abbout a Russian sub that runs aground on a New England island. Hilarity (er...) ensues, a la Catch-22, with plenty of military mismanagement (on both sides of the fence) and romances in halting English. Alas, I just don't see this one: Alan Arkin makes for one awfully oddball Russian.

Aka The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming.