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The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Norman Jewison

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About the Movie

When a sightseeing Soviet commander runs his submarine aground off the New England coast, the crew's attempts to find a boat to dislodge them almost start WWIII! Alan Arkin leads an all-star cast including Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Brian Keith and Jonathan Winters in this riotous comedy! Russian Lt. Rozanov (Arkin) 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 (Keith) has left his hysterical assistant (Winters) in charge and the one man who knows the truth (Reiner) is only stirring up more chaos!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 19
  • Fresh: 16
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Arkin, in his film bow, is absolutely outstanding as the courtly Russian who kisses a lady's hand even as he draws a gun. – Variety Staff, Variety, May 7, 2013

Rotten: More memorable for its title than for anything else. – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Sweet and charmingly funny in many places, this is dated but entertaining. – Empire Magazine, Oct 31, 2007

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Customer Reviews

Funny and Touching a Cross-Cultural "Romeo and Juliet"

Alan Arkin paired with Carl Reiner, directed by Norman Jewison to tell a "What if?" tale of a Russian sub, sneaking onto the American New England coast during the Cold War. The many clashes of social order, culture and gender make for a constant comedy wrestling match. Alan Arkin is completely believable as as a Russian sent ashore to deal with the Americans.
This movie has cultural significance, as it was read into the Congressional Record. It's deeply funny and very very good.

The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1966

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