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The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!

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Cold War paranoia pictures get cuddly in Norman Jewison's 1966 comedy about an accidental Russian "invasion" of a New England town - which swaps Dr Strangelove's madcap savagery for bumptious sitcom set-pieces. Four decades on, it's instructive to note that The Russians...'s pleasantly pat message - Russkies ain't monsters - was considered daring in its day. The over-long action is driven by Carl Reiner in a Jimmy Stewart-esque turn as a holidaying writer who discovers some anxious Russian submariners run aground, and a witty Alan Arkin as a leather-clad Soviet lieutenant. Add trigger-happy townies and a denouement that eerily presages Sting's groundbreaking proclamations about the Russians loving children, too, and you've got a workmanlike period piece only Senator McCarthy could dislike.

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: January 24th 2005