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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.

About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal HouseThe Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf In LondonTrading PlacesComing To America, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and the recent Burke and Hare for Ealing Studios,  among many other films and television shows. His documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO and won an Emmy for Best Music, Comedy or Variety Special.  He is also the subject of noted film critic Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan’s recent book “John Landis” and his own book “Monsters in the Movies’ was published to critical and popular acclaim in 2012.