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The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! Review

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Anxious Soviet submariners stranded off a tiny New England island create panic, escalating misunderstandings and Dad's Army-style antics among the eccentric Yankee locals

★★★★★

Hilarious as an exasperated Ruskie, Alan Arkin heads a heartily comedic ensemble in Norman Jewison's charming Cold War farce.

Anxious Soviet submariners stranded off a tiny New England island create panic, escalating misunderstandings and Dad's Army-style antics among the eccentric Yankee locals, who reckon they're on the front line of an invasion. Our favourites include Tessie O'Shea and Carl Reiner bound and gagged together, Jonathan Winters as the excitable deputy, and Bilko's Paul Ford as a vigilante spoiling for a fight. Cute.

Sweet and charmingly funny in many places, this is dated but entertaining in a Dad's Army kind of way