The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966)

This film begins when a Soviet submarine accidentally gets lodged in a sandbar on the coast of a New England town. Alan Arkin plays the sub's second-in-command, who is ordered to free up the sub and skedaddle before an international… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: October 15, 2002
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

Arkin, in his film bow, is absolutely outstanding as the courtly Russian who kisses a lady's hand even as he draws a gun.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

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Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

More memorable for its title than for anything else.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

A true classic Cold War comedy told with wit, slapstick, and paranoia.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Over-rated but still holds up as a moderately amusing sit-com lightweight parody of the cold-war and small-town America.

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Empire Magazine

Sweet and charmingly funny in many places, this is dated but entertaining.

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Now terribly quaint (just look at the title!) and not nearly as funny as film historians would lead you to believe.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Apeneck Fletcher
Over the top send-up of the Cold War has its moments wherein the paranoia of the times makes for some amusement as Russian sailors "invade" Cape Cod.… More
MJS MJS
A cold war comedy that was nominated for best picture in 1966. Tells the story of 9 Russian sailors whose submarine runs a ground on a small Massachusetts… More
Spencer S.
An intriguing look into the Cold War's true impact on American life, a bewildered Carl Reiner and an equally misplaced Alan Arkin made for a barrel full of… More
John Ballantine
This is enormously funny. It goes to prove that you don't need to treat the Cold War as a reenactment of Red Dawn and its remakes. The entire cast are… More