The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
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The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
Just because The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming was vastly overrated by contemporary critics does not make it any less amusing. The story gets under way when a Soviet submarine accidently gets lodged in a sandbar on the coast of a New England town. In his feature film debut, Alan Arkin plays the sub's second-in-command, who is ordered by commander Theodore Bikel to free up the sub and skeedaddle before an international incident erupts. Hoping to secure a power boat to tug the sub out to sea, Arkin and his men call upon vacationing TV writer Carl Reiner, passing themselves off… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"Though the film is more than two hours long, the pace is always quick, thanks to the fine editing done by Williams and future director Ashby."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A true classic Cold War comedy told with wit, slapstick, and paranoia."
‑ Steve Crum,
"At the foundation of this movie is a great script."
‑ Mike DeWolfe, Apollo Guide
"The serious side feels simplistic (we're all just humans) and the comedy feels overstated."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"More memorable for its title than for anything else."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Sweet and charmingly funny in many places, this is dated but entertaining."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Now terribly quaint (just look at the title!) and not nearly as funny as film historians would lead you to believe."
‑ Christopher Null,
"The cast is great and the scene in which Carl Reiner and vaudeville vet Tessie O'Shea are lashed together is unforgettably funny."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"...a disarming send-up of Cold War paranoia."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Inexplicably nominated for Best Picture Oscar, Norman Jewison's situation comedy is mildly amusing, benefiting from a catchy title and allowing Alan Arkin to sport a Russian accent as sailor of a Soviet submarine."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It skewers hawkish reactionism and mob militancy, and its sympathetic portrayal of the beached Russians -- not to mention the panicky buffoonery of the Americans -- probably gave the more rabid Commie-haters conniptions."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"Fabulously funny!"
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"Cold war hysteria hits a peak in this clever satire."
‑ Boo Allen, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
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