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The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming. [DVD]

Carl Reiner , Eva Marie Saint , Ben Blue    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Alan Arkin, Brian Keith, Jonathan Winters
  • Directors: Ben Blue
  • Producers: John Mandel
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Portuguese
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jan 2005
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006IWQGC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,229 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Norman Jewison directs this cold war comedy, which was hugely popular on first release in the mid 1960s. When a Soviet submarine runs aground on a sandbank just off the coast of New England, sub-captain Lt Rozanov (Alan Arkin) and sailor Alexei Kolchin (John Phillip Law) are sent ashore to seek assistance. Initially, they try to pass themselves off as Norwegians, but when this plan fails, Rozanov is reluctantly forced to take holidaying playwright Walt Whittaker (Carl Reiner) at gunpoint in order to secure the use of his powerboat. Meanwhile, the sweet-natured Alexei is left behind to guard Whittaker's wife Elspeth (Eva Marie Saint) and their attractive friend Alison (Andrea Dromm). Events escalate when the local townspeople become convinced that they have been invaded by the Russian army. Brian Keith, Jonathan Winters and Theodore Bikel co-star.

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This Dvd Is Brand New & Sealed - Another Dvd Is Now Becoming Very Collectable & Sought After. This Dvd Is In Stock And Will Be Posted From The UK - Region 2

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still funny after all these years 22 Nov 2009
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My dad showed this to us when we were kids, and I still laugh today. It's not a subtle or brilliant film, but it is full of great characters and comic performances from some wonderful actors, and it's got a good heart, too. It may be a bit old-fashioned, and the plot may not make much sense to the younger generations who can't remember the Cold War, but I'd recommend it as fun for the whole family. As a cold war satire it isn't as sharp or scathing as Dr. Strangelove, but for a family comedy it still manages to make it's point about the stupidity of the whole situation.

The DVD looks good--I originally saw it on VHS pan-and-scan, so to see the full picture is great, and the colour is sharp. The one small issue I took was with the subtitles translating the Russian into English (which you can't turn off). They weren't there when I originally watched it, and I'd be surprised if the original release had them, because they are rendered unnecessary by the acting. You can hardly fail to understand what is going on, with the gestures and facial expressions, and I found it funnier without. I think there was only one line I had originally missed that the subtitles filled in, and I found them distracting. Oh well, only a small issue with a good DVD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A film for all the family. 18 Mar 2010
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How nice to see a film that the whole family can watch without one swear word or sex or blood or special effects all over the place, in other words a good old comedy. The cast come over as enjoying their roles and makes this film even better. If it is raining one day put this on enjoy a good laugh.

However, there is a serious underlying theme, why can't we live together in peace, I know the cold war is over but it still seems that the human race are still lacking in this respect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cold War memories 2 Oct 2009
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While the timing and language - as much as the clothes - give this film a vintage feel, the topic of how to handle an encounter with 'the enemy' is still pretty up to date. A Soviet submarine goes aground, early in the Cold War, near a small American coastal town and the Russians' ingenious attempts to escape bring them into growing friction with the locals. Humanity wins out in the end over suspicion, as you might expect from a film that plays it mostly for laughs. If the pace is sometime slow, the twists are clever, Alan Arkin is amusing as the main Russian 'fixer', and John Philip Law is nice to look at as a young sailor even if his love-interest theme is a bit icky.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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For some reason,I didn't think I'd manage to get hold of a copy of 'The Russians are Coming; The Russians are Coming' which the family enjoyed together years ago, but there it was, listed On Amazon and I got it 'for a song'. Arrived really quickly and I surprised the family with it on the weekend. Thank you Amazon!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Undemanding comedy 25 July 2010
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All that you would expect from a light comedy, very good entertainment, clean, not an all time great.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed as much as when first released 27 Mar 2014
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One of the greatest films in my estimation.
Probably a little to "sophisticated" for today's viewers.
Maybe you had to live through the Cold War to really appreciate it.
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