Don't Drink the Water (1994)

Original Title : Don't Drink the Water
Director : Woody Allen
Writer : Woody Allen
Woody Allen
Genre : Comedy
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Letty Aronson , J.E. Beaucaire , Jean Doumanian , Robert Greenhut
Photography : Carlo Di Palma
MPAA Rating : Rated PG for some mild language.
IMDB ID : 0109644
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Don't Drink the Water (1994) - Woody Allen


Ed Herlihy Narrator
Josef Sommer Ambassador Magee
Robert Stanton Mr. Burns
Edward Herrmann Mr. Kilroy
Rosemary Murphy Miss Pritchard
Michael J. Fox Axel Magee
Woody Allen Walter Hollander
Julie Kavner Marion Hollander
Mayim Bialik Susan Hollander
Ed Van Nuys Embassy Staff
Skip Rose Embassy Staff
Leonid Uscher Policeman
Stas Kmiec Policeman
Vit Horejs Krojack
Sándor Técsy Krojack's Colleague
Austin Pendleton Chef Oscar
Dom DeLuise Father Drobney
John Doumanian Emir
Erick Avari Emir's Aide
Brian McConnachie Washington Reporter
Victor Steinbach Herbert Gruber
Frederick Rolf Yannis Kasnar
Elizabeth De Charay Countess Bordoni
Taina Elg Anna Gruber rest of cast listed alphabetically
John Patrick Patti Commie cop (uncredited


Somewhere behind the early 1960s cold-war iron curtain, the Hollander family cause an international spying incident when Walter photographs a sunset in a sensitive region. In order to stay out of jail, the Hollanders take refuge in the American Embassy, which is temporarily being run by the absent Ambassador's diplomatically incompetent son, Axel.


A Review I know this isn't the normal brand of humor from Allen. But I think it's for the better. Although I enjoy the Allen films of the day, I must say I like his early days better. The days of "Bananas," "Sleeper" &, "Take the Money and Run." And "Don't Drink the Water" brings back the young Allen more than any film I've seen as of late. The cast is perfect, well at least 99% of the cast is. The girl who used to be Blossom wasn't perfect, but she was good enough. The gags come so fast you have to watch the film twice. Because while you're laughing another gag has come &, gone. I liked the fast pace and for the most part enjoyed the documentary type camera. The best way for me to discribe this film is it's kind of like "Grand Hotel" set in the early 60's, in the USSR and only faster paced. So if you liked "Grand Hotel" or the Allen films of the late 60's &, early 70's, then this is perfect for you. 8 out of 10 (it made me laugh, a lot. Isn't that what comdies are all about?)