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Don't Drink the Water [DVD] [2000] [US Import] [Region 1] [NTSC]

Woody Allen , Julie Kavner , Woody Allen    DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Woody Allen, Julie Kavner, Ed Herlihy, Josef Sommer, Robert Stanton
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Writers: Woody Allen
  • Producers: J.E. Beaucaire, Jean Doumanian, Letty Aronson, Robert Greenhut
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: 1 July 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008L3SA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,301 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like squirming in your seat? 21 Dec 2003
Format:DVD
Don't plan on eating dinner while watching this movie, 'cause you'll choke! When I wasn't laughing hysterically, I was squirming in anticipation - and enjoying every moment of it!
''Don't Drink the Water is set in the Russian American embassy, where a couple(Woody Allen, Julie Kavner) and their grown daughter (Mayim Bialik) are trying to figure out how to escape and get back home, because...
While vacationing in Russia, the family is chased into the embassy after Communist police accuse them of being spies! While driving the ambassador (Michael J. Fox) crazy, hilarious things happen involving a priest - slash - magician in exile, an Arabic king and his dozen wives.
As always, Allen plays his anxious and neurotic character. In 'Don't drink the water it bounces off those of Kavner and Bialik's calm characters, perfectly. This movie's juicy - you're gonna love it!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Studio Bound Setting Smothers the Humour 2 Nov 2012
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Fishing out an old Woody Allen stage play some years later and filming it for television might have seemed like a good idea at the time, and with a cast list like this how could it fail?

Unfortunately, it ends up being a pretty unsuccessful affair. The 4:3 angle, and the suffocatingly small studio set, render nearly all of the performances as toe-curling amateur farce, and whilst the script has some great one-liners, most of them are lost beneath layers of mugging and pathetically out-of-breath mannerisms which lend no credence whatsoever to the situation or the characters.

This is a pretty embarrassing CV entry for all concerned, and even die-hard Woody Allen fans will find very little to sustain their attention for over 90 minutes. The one saving grace is Julie Kavner, who, drawing on her vast TV studio experience with the likes of smash-hit 'Rhoda' under her belt, manages to create a very funny, believable and watchable character. But this only serves to highlight just how howlingly bad some of the other performances are.

Shame.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lesser Known Allen Farce Which Doesn't Travel 20 Feb 2010
By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I've just read on IMDB that there's an earlier movie version of this Woody Allen stage play, released 1969 and described by one reviewer as "unbelievably bad!". Well, a new version for the '90s by Allen himself, written for TV, is a total fiasco, and not in a good way.

Strictly for Allen addicts - like myself - to marvel at out of morbid curiosity. It's kind of surprising to find this film arrived so early in the '90s, before Allen's wretched new millenium period. You can see the comic potential: New Jersey Jewish family are forced to take up residence in the American Embassy of an apparently unnamed country behind the Iron Curtain and quickly take the embassy staff hostage themselves as the mother stubbornly begins washing and waxing all the clothes and floors, the whole family tie up the phone lines calling everyone they know back home, and the father proves to be the kind of neurotic twit that would try the patience of an orthodox saint. Michael J. Fox is the screw-up diplomat trying to prove his worth while dad's in Washington, but overburdened by the now resident US family, a dissident priest obsessed with magic tricks and an Arab emir with travelling ululating harem also obliged to stay over.

So where does it go wrong. Woody's character is basically the same as in Small Time Crooks; a badly dressed, rabidly irritating parody of himself and the stereotypical American vacationing ignoramus that, I swear to you, will drive you to the brink of apoplexy long before they finally escape the Soviet secret police. Fox seems intimidated by the famous auteur, who even manages to be taller than him.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite lame comedy 14 Mar 2014
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First thing you notice is that you can't take the Spanish subtitles out or if you want, you have to watch the movie in Spanish. This isn't so bad, because I was already happy when I managed to find this movie.

The cast is great. I chose the movie solely for the Michael J. Fox but of course you'll find Woody Allen, Mayim Bialik (plays Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler in The Big Bang Theory) and Julie Kavner (voice of Marge in The Simpsons) for instance. Despite all these great actors (and one great director!) the movie itself is tedious and the few laughs you get aren't so long. The movie is a big farce but that's the only funny thing there is.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW 9 Jun 2013
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Bought this for my husband he is thrilled to get it in great condition and very fast delivery. He has been after it for ages Thanks
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