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Don't Drink the Water (1969)

G | | Comedy | 1970 (Canada)
The Hollander family's European vacation is interrupted when their plane is forced to land in Vulgaria. The Hollanders leave the plane to take pictures which results in accusations of ... See full summary »

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Howard Morris

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Woody Allen (based on the play by), R.S. Allen (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jackie Gleason ... Walter Hollander
Estelle Parsons ... Marion Hollander
Ted Bessell ... Axel Magee
Joan Delaney ... Susan Hollander
Michael Constantine ... Commissar Krojack
Howard St. John ... Ambassador Magee
Danny Meehan Danny Meehan ... Kilroy
Richard Libertini ... Father Drobney
Pierre Olaf Pierre Olaf ... Chef
Avery Schreiber ... Sultan
Mark Gordon Mark Gordon ... Mirik
Phil Leeds ... Sam Blackwell
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marty Martel Marty Martel ... White Hair Diplomat
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The Hollander family's European vacation is interrupted when their plane is forced to land in Vulgaria. The Hollanders leave the plane to take pictures which results in accusations of spying. Chased by Vulgarian soldiers, they take refuge in the American Embassy under the protection of the absent ambassador's hapless son. Written by <JeanneArmintrout@juno.com>

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Based on the play by Woody Allen. See more »

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1970 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"Don't Drink the Water" opened at the Morosco Theater on November 17, 1966 and ran for 598 performances. Richard Libertini reprises his role in the movie. See more »

Goofs

At the party near the end of the movie, Gleason takes a dignitary's wine glass. The next shot shows the dignitary holding the wine glass. Then, Gleason hands the glass back to the dignitary. See more »

Quotes

Marion Hollander: And this is our daughter Susan. She was a cesarean.
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Soundtracks

Don't Drink the Water
Music by Patrick Williams (as Pat Williams)
Lyrics by Kelly Gordon
Sung by Jake Holmes
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No worse than a bad cold
12 November 2009 | by horrorfilmxSee all my reviews

I have to side with those who find this version of Woody Allen's play much inferior to the remake by Allen himself which, ironically, has a greater right to be called the original since it was Allen's attempt to show the story as he envisioned it. I think much of the problem lies in the fact that at the time this version was made Allen wasn't yet a respected director and no one worried much about preserving the "Woody Allen touch" --- except Woody Allen, of course.

Interesting note on the comparison between Jackie Gleason's take on the lead character with Allen's own portrayal years later. If you were to combine the physical bellicosity of Jackie Gleason with the sardonic Jewish humor of Woody Allen you might get someone like the recently deceased Lou Jacobi --- who originated the part on Broadway and who was, in Allen's opinion, largely responsible for the success of the play.

(By the way, I stole the line in my summary from Harpo Marx, who used it to describe the phenomenally successful Broadway production of ABIE'S IRISH ROSE.)


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