89 Days of Oscar Nominees – #32 – The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.

Here is my 32nd review of the 89 chosen Films…

tractrac“Emergency! Everybody to get from street!” – Russian sailors

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Jan 2017)

Brief Synopsis – When a Russian submarine gets stuck off the shore of the Atlantic Coast, they send a team ashore to find a way to help and inadvertently start what could be prelude to an all out war.

My Take on it – This is a film that I knew nothing about before seeing it and was pleasantly surprised at what they have to offer us.

This film was made at a time when it really was needed to be made; at a time when the Cold War was at its height and a little spark could have set things off.

This film gave hope that there could be a positive view of Russian-American relations and it is done here quite well.

Obviously, this film was more effective and poignant when it came out and I’m sure that’s how it did so well both from a financial and award perspective, but it’s still effective now.

The cast is superb and it features a lot of famous actors; Carl Reiner, Alan Arkin, Brian Keith, Jonathan Winters, Eva Marie Saint, Theodore Bikel, John Philip Law and Paul Ford (who is hilarious by trying not to be).

Director Norman Jewison did a great job putting this all together.

Bottom Line – Very funny ‘serious’ film that was made at a time when something like this was desperately needed; a positive look at Russian-American relations.  Amazing cast led by Reiner, Arkin, Keith, Winters, Saint, Bikel, Law and Ford.  The film is less poignant today than it was 50 years ago, but it still gets its point across quite well.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Johnny Whitaker (spelled ‘Johnnie’ in the credits) so impressed Brian Keith that when TV’s Family Affair (1966) began casting later that same year, Keith requested Whitaker test for the part of his nephew. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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