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Dont Drink the Water (1969 film)

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Director  Howard Morris
Initial DVD release  March 18, 2008
Country  United States
5.7/10 IMDb

4.5/10 Letterboxd

Genre  Comedy
Music director  Patrick Williams
Language  English
Dont Drink the Water (1969 film) movie poster
Writer  Woody Allen, R.S. Allen, Harvey Bullock
Release date  1969
Cast  Jackie Gleason (Walter Hollander), Estelle Parsons (Marion Hollander), Ted Bessell (Axel Magee), Howard St. John (Ambassador Magee), Joan Delaney (Susan Hollander), Michael Constantine (Krojack)
Similar movies  Woody Allen wrote the story for Dont Drink the Water and directed Take the Money and Run
Tagline  They're caught in a security leak!

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Walter Hollander (Jackie Gleason) is on holiday in Europe with his wife, Marion (Estelle Parsons), and their older daughter, Susan (Joan Delaney), when their plane is forced into an emergency landing in communist Vulgaria. The family holes up inside the American embassy with the help of an ambassadors son (Ted Bessell) after Vulgarian soldiers mistakenly accuse them of espionage for taking pictures like typical tourists, and are led through madcap attempts to get back home.


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Dont Drink the Water is a 1969 comedy film starring Jackie Gleason and directed by Howard Morris, and based upon a 1966 play of the same name by Woody Allen. The supporting cast includes Estelle Parsons and Ted Bessell.

In 1994 Allen remade Dont Drink the Water for television, with himself in the Gleason role.

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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.


Walter Hollander, a caterer, is on vacation with his wife Marion and daughter Susan. While flying to Athens, their plane is hijacked to Vulgaria, behind the Iron Curtain. While waiting for the plane to be cleared to take off again, Marion insists they go outside and take a few pictures. Unfortunately they are in a restricted area so the secret police suspect them of being spies. Inspector Krojak sends a squad of soldiers with machine guns to arrest them, and the Hollanders flee to the car of the American ambassador which is parked nearby.

The Hollanders take refuge in the U.S. Embassy nearby. The ambassador is away, leaving only his inept son Axel Magee to grant the Hollanders political asylum. Picketers protest outside the embassy as everyone tries to figure a way out. Walter and Marion even don a sultans robes and attempt to sneak out with his party, but complicating matters further is that Susan has fallen in love with Axel.

Similar Movies

Woody Allen wrote the story for Dont Drink the Water and directed Take the Money and Run. Howard Morris directed Dont Drink the Water and With Six You Get Eggroll. Jackie Gleason appears in Dont Drink the Water and Smokey and the Bandit II. Jackie Gleason and Michael Constantine appear in Dont Drink the Water and Skidoo. Woody Allen wrote the story for Dont Drink the Water and directed Love and Death.


  • 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 ... Kilroy
  • Jocelyne Lauzier... Citizen of Vulgaria
  • Richard Libertini ... Father Drobney
  • Pierre Olaf ... Chef
  • Avery Schreiber ... Sultan
  • Mark Gordon ... Mirik
  • Phil Leeds ... Sam Blackwell
  • References

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