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

The Cold War goes from bad to mirth in this political comedy about a New England town sent into a tizzy when a Russian sub runs aground on a nearby sandbar.

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Rated: G
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Release Date: May 25, 1966
DVD Release Date: October 15, 2002
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
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
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