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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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1970 (Canada) See more »

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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

Walter Hollander: Hey, they're really setting machine guns out there!
Marion Hollander: First no movie on the plane, now this!
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Version of Don't Drink the Water (1994) See more »

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Don't Drink the Water
Music by Patrick Williams (as Pat Williams)
Lyrics by Kelly Gordon
Sung by Jake Holmes
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Jackie Gleason and Estelle Parsons are hijacked
31 May 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

I saw the version starring Woody Allen and feel it is far superior to this film. The play was a hit on Broadway and starred Lou Jacobi.

Allen wasn't a big name when this film was made, so he didn't direct the film and the studio did what they wanted with it.

It's the story of a successful caterer, Walter Hollander (Jackie Gleason) and his family, wife Marion and daughter Susan (Estelle Parsons and Joan Delaney) who are on vacation. Walter had wanted to go to Miami, but Marion wanted a tour of Europe. So they went to London, Paris, Barcelona, and Rome. On their way to Athens, their plane is hijacked.

They land in a Communist country, Vulgaria, and are taking photos when they Vulgarians go after them, thinking they are spies. The American Embassy saves them and protects them. They can't leave until their travel is arranged.

Their fate is in the hands of a bumbler, Axel (Ted Bessell), the son of the Ambassador. He makes mistake after mistake and his negotiations with the big shot on the other side, Krojack (Michael Constantine) don't go well. Meanwhile the Hollanders are trying to figure out how to escape and go home.

This is a funny and entertaining film, but Allen's version is laugh out loud hilarious, and Allen is a scream. The funniest scene here for me was when Walter is burned in effigy, and they dress the mannequin in clothes identical to Walter's - very loud and very funny.

Gleason is way out there in the role, very Ralph Kramden, and Parsons as his cheerful wife is very good and looks great - I know her only as an elderly woman, but she's always been a terrific actress. Bessell is excellent as well as a sincere goof-up.

Good but not great. See the Allen version, which was done as a TV movie.


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