The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming

The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming

DVD - 2015
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When a sightseeing Soviet commander runs his submarine aground off the New England coast, his crew 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.
Publisher: [United States] : Kino Lorber, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: DVD RUSSIAN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (126 min.) : sound, color, DVD video ; 4 3/4 in
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Language Note: In English with optional English subtitles


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May 02, 2019

Made in 1965: The Cold War looms in the background. A classic, very funny political satire as a sleepy New England island town suddenly finds itself "invaded" by a Russian submarine crew who accidentally grounded in their waters. The plot does a great job of ratcheting up humor, tension, and egos as the news virally spreads with increasing inaccuracy--I guarantee several moments will make you laugh out loud. Along the way, both sides show some cooler-headed characters who actually try to see each other as humans, not adversaries. Amusing highlights: the police chief calmly writes a ticket in a dockside standoff against the disbelieving sub commander; the town drunk is dispatched to alert a remote part of the town and spends hours catching his reluctant horse; and a prototypical blonde American girl-next-door captures the heart of a Russian sailor. PG/Family friendly.

Mar 12, 2018

This has been one of my favorite films forever because it’s so quintessentially small-town America, the characters Norman Rockwellish. I swear, every time I think of the characters, I have to smile. The appeal is timeless and universal: a typical small community, anywhere on earth; people at their best and their worst, no matter the country or language. Each country represented—the US and the USSR—has a character with a giant ego who cannot bear losing face; each has a harried middle-aged mid-level manager type (Alan Atkin and Brian __ Giant egos on both sides

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 meets 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 itself on a sandbar. It’s the gruff commander’s fault because couldn’t help himself, you see—he just wanted a peek at America! No one dares cast blame, of course. It’s up to the 2nd in command—Arkin—to get them out of this without starting WW3. They need a boat to pull them off the sandbar, so he sends a few men to steal one. But first they must find coats to cover their dark uniforms, then practice saying “Emerrrgency, Emerrrgency! Everrryone to get from street!” Which of course is hysterical because their heavily accented pronunciation fools no one. (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 small child in trouble. Any more I cannot say. ;)

The ending is utopian, of course, for 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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May 02, 2019

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May 02, 2019

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Threats of violence; guns brandished and shot (no one is killed); a family is held temporarily hostage; people are bound and gagged; a child is imperiled.


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May 02, 2019

"We must get organized!" Jonathan Winters' repeated cry as the second-in-command


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