Directed by Norman Jewison
Screenplay by William Rose, based upon the novel by Nathaniel Benchley
Starring Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Alan Arkin, Brian Keith, Jonathan Winters, Paul Ford and Theodore Bikel
The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming might’ve been nominated for Best Picture – and Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay, and a couple others – but it had zero chance of winning. And by zero, I mean zero. There’s always one or two of those kind of films in any Best Picture race and in 1966 The Russians are Coming was it.
One reason was history: Since the beginning, only six comedies have won the Oscar for Best Picture. Ironically, at the time Russians came out, it would’ve had a better chance than it does today, because at that time five comedies had won Best Picture. In the fifty years since, just one. In a very real way its zero chance of winning in 1966 has steadily fallen below zero since. Continue reading