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Don't Drink the Water
Don't Drink the Water
Actors: Woody Allen, Julie Kavner, Ed Herlihy, Josef Sommer, Robert Stanton
Director: Woody Allen
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Television
PG     2003     1hr 40min

Ever-popular Michael J. Fox (MARS ATTACKS!, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT) and Woody Allen (SMALL TIME CROOKS, DECONSTRUCTING HARRY) star in this hilarious comedy where an outrageous mix-up labels an unsuspecting family of Americ...  more »


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Actors: Woody Allen, Julie Kavner, Ed Herlihy, Josef Sommer, Robert Stanton
Director: Woody Allen
Creators: Woody Allen, Carlo Di Palma, Susan E. Morse, J.E. Beaucaire, Jean Doumanian, Letty Aronson, Robert Greenhut
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Television
Sub-Genres: Woody Allen, Woody Allen, Comedy, Family Films, Television
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 07/01/2003
Original Release Date: 12/18/1994
Theatrical Release Date: 12/18/1994
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

DO buy this movie!
H. Sutton | Tampa, FL | 12/16/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Don't Drink the Water is hysterical! I am a huge Woody Allen Fan and have seen nearly all of his movies. There are some movies by Woody that even I'm not that fond of BUT.....this is not one of them. This movie is entertaining and well cast. There is a lot going on and everytime I watch it I find something different that gets me going! Buy this movie and keep an eye on the subtleties. You won't be disappointed!"
An Allen throwback to the good old days
Daniel S. Russell | Blacksburg, VA United States | 07/08/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"What kind of Woody Allen fan are you? Do you favor his heavy, drama-laden homages to Bergman? His film noir? His zany early comedies?If you love the latter, you'll probably like this "lost" gem. A bit like "Manhattan Murder Mystery" which was resurrected years after it was written, "Don't Drink the Water" conjures the early days of Allen's career with zany comedy full of larger than life characters and over-the-top performances.The cast is great, the script is too, the plot moves along nicely and in general I had great fun. Yes, it seems a bit claustrophobic at times and a bit stagey, but many of Allen's recent work has a similar feel regardless of the genre.All in all it is an enjoyable farce that harkens back to the golden days of Allen's comic genius."
Well Worth Seeing
H. Sutton | 09/01/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Woody Allen doesn't make appearances on television any more, so this video, which is a made-for-television film, has an element of the historic to it for Allen fans."Don't Drink The Water" was originally conceived as a play. The story takes place in the communist country of "Vulgaria," where Walter Hollander (Allen), a caterer from New Jersey whose claim to fame is making sculptures of a bride and groom using potato salad, his wife (Kavner) and their daughter (Bialik) take refuge in the American Embassy after wandering away from a tour group and being accused as spies. They are assisted at the Embassy by Axel Magee (Michael J. Fox), the son of the Ambassador (away in Washington hoping for a cabinet appointment in the JFK administration. Axel Magee is a diplomat so incompetent and so inept that he has been banned from an entire continent and was once burned in his own Embassy. The plot, such as it is, centers on the difficult adjustment the Hollander's are having to being "guests" of the Embassy, and their later efforts to escape. Allen plays his usual neurotic, highly strung character and Kavner offers but a slight variation to her prior characterizations in "Rhoda" and the Allen short "Oedipus Wrecks" (part of the "New York Stories" trilogy). Bialik is fine and offers some shading in the role of Susan Hollander, who falls in love with Axel, and Fox does his usual fine job bringing some depth to the character of Axel Magee. The high point in casting, however, is that of the fine character actor Edward Hermann in the role of "Kilroy." It's a pity that Hermann isn't seen more often, because he is a gem of an actor. His character, Kilroy, is an ultra-conservative by-the-book diplomat who despises Axel Magee for his incompetence. Then, hit in the head by a projectile during a riot outside the Embassy, he suffers a concussion and acts as though he were the Wright brothers -- both of them. The low point in casting is that of Dom DeLuise as "Father Drobny," a priest who has sought political asylum at the Embassy and hasn't left in seven years. DeLuise, regrettably, offers us the same pseudo-Italian accent he's been doing since the "Dean Martin Roasts" and "Smokey & The Bandit II."Although the characters are somewhat broadly drawn (remember, this is farce), the film was enjoyable and a definite move forward from the late 1960's-early 1970's film version that starred Jackie Gleason, Estelle Parsons and Ted Bessell (the latter of "That Girl" fame). My favorite line from the film. Upon learning that his catering partner has purchased budget beef, resulting in guests contracting food poisoning at a function his company catered, the following exchange occurs: KAVNER: Are they going to sue? ALLEN: No, Marion. We're going to sue them. For low resistance to tainted meat.You don't need to be a fan of Woody Allen to enjoy this movie."
Hilarious, Laugh-Out-Loud Movie!!
M. Wilkins | Louisville, KY USA | 11/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Let me preface this review by saying that I have NEVER been a Woody Allen fan. I had seen some of his earlier movies and just never got into them. However, I got hold of a copy of "Manhattan Murder Mystery" with Diane Keaton, Alan Alda, Angelica Huston and, of course, Woody. I have just about worn it out because I've watched it over and over. I went to the video store and browsed through their Woody Allen titles and saw "Don't Drink the Water". I decided to give it a try since I like Dom Deloise, Julie Kavner and Michael J. Fox. Let me tell you, there are very few movies I see that make me truly laugh out loud - this one did. The entire premise of the movie is so funny. Woody takes his wife and daughter on a vacation to Russia (who goes to Russia for a vacation!?!), does the usual tourist routine, and ends up being chased by KGB agents because they think Woody and family are spies! Woody was taking pictures of the sunset and he must have photographed something that would make the agents think he was spying. Anyway, Woody and family take off running and go to the American Embassy in Russia to seek asylum. And believe me, the place is an asylum. Michael J. is the son of the Ambassador. The Ambassador has to return to Washington, D.C. and reluctantly leaves the embassy in Michael J.'s hands (Michael has been pretty much a screw-up all of his life) so his father doesn't trust him. As soon as Woody and family reach the embassy the fun begins. There is an Italian priest, played by Dom Deloise, who had to seek asylum at the embassy and has been there for years. He's really into magic tricks and thinks he's a real pro. The embassy chef cooks all kinds of exotic foods that drive Woody nuts (Woody is a New Jersey caterer) and Woody and the chef have an ongoing battle. The daughter falls for Michael J., the mother, Julie Kavner, ends up taking over the housekeeping at the embassy, a visiting Middle Eastern dignitary arrives and...just watch this movie! There is so much I can't begin to tell it all but trust me if you like just good old fashioned comedy you'll enjoy this. I highly recommend it - that's why I came to Amazon to find a copy because you can't find it at local video stores to buy. Every time I watch it I see something that sets me off laughing. If this movie does not make you laugh you have a serious problem with your funnybone!!"