Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming
The plot deals with a Soviet sub that runs aground off the New England coast causing the locals to think they're being invaded. It was written by Nathaniel Benchley whose father had been a brilliant humorist and whose son went on to write JAWS...which wasn't very funny.
The real draw was the cast. headed by the already legendary Carl Reiner and the just starting out in films Alan Arkin.
Others in the cast included Eva Marie Saint (who reunited with Carl at a live tribute last week), Paul Ford, Jonathan Winters, Brian Keith, Theodore Bikel, Cliff Norton and even old Parker Fennelly, Fred Allen's "Titus Moody."
Norman Jewison who went on to direct THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, amongst many others, directed.
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Quite a charming movie. I was sent to Ft. Bragg, CA on business some years back, and made a point to visit Carine's restaurant on Noyo Bay, which was used as a gathering point in the movie. Nice place, great folks, terrific cioppino.ReplyDelete