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The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming

Released 1966
Distributor United Artists

Alan Arkin made his film debut as a Soviet submarine commander who runs aground off the coast of a rustic New England island that thinks it’s being invaded. The large ensemble cast recalls It’s a Mad Mad etc. World (also written by William Rose), but the story is more nuanced and satirical under the direction of Norman Jewison, operating here in Preston Sturges mode. An obvious influence on Spielberg’s 1941.

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About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal House, The Blues BrothersAn American Werewolf In LondonTrading Places, Schlock, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night, The Stupids, Innocent Blood, Coming To America, Burke & Hare, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Black Or White among many other films, commercials and extensive work in television. He was the Executive Producer and often director of HBO's celebrated series Dream On, and contributed two movies to the Masters of Horror series, Deer Woman and Family. His feature length documentaries Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO, and Slasher on IFC.

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