The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming Movie Review Summary

Actors: Alan Arkin, Brian Keith, Jonathan Winters, Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Paul Ford, Theodore Bikel, John Phillip Law, Andrea Dromm

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Norman Jewison's political comedy about a Russian submarine stranded off shore of a small New England island town that causes the local residents to be gripped with fear of an invasion by the “red menace.” The Captain (Bikel) of the small nine-man crew, only interested in finding a boat, freeing the grounded sub, and making their way back home, has Lt. Rozanov (Arkin) lead the men into town. The townspeople think that a full scale Soviet invasion has begun and imaginations run wild. Police chief Link Mattocks (Keith) tries to allay the fears of the panicked citizenry and militia-minded individuals like Fendall Hawkins (Ford).
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It is Mattocks next in charge, an over zealous officer named Norman Jones (Winters), who bungles his way to taking on the Russkies. While Soviet sailors hold local playwright Walt Whittaker (Reiner), his wife Elspeth (Saint), and children hostage in an effort to gain their own freedom, the young and handsome Russian Alexei (Law) has fallen for a beautiful babysitting young woman named Alison Palmer (Dromm). In a frantic rush of misadventure and misunderstanding the Americans and Soviets are at the brink of disaster before finding a solution to the embarrassing political situation.
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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Comedy or Parody about    -   war movies    -   political satire How much humor v. drama    -   Mostly humor, but some serious drama

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   navy soldier Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Russian


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   submarining Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   Atlantic Ocean Island Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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