Don't Drink the Water (1994 film)

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Don't Drink the Water
Dont Drink the Water 1994.jpg
Written byWoody Allen
Directed byWoody Allen
StarringWoody Allen
Mayim Bialik
Michael J. Fox
Dom DeLuise
Julie Kavner
Edward Herrmann
Narrated byEd Herlihy
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)J.E. Beaucaire
Jean Doumanian
Letty Aronson (co-executive producer)
Producer(s)Robert Greenhut
CinematographyCarlo Di Palma
Editor(s)Susan E. Morse
Running time92 minutes
Production company(s)Jean Doumanian Productions
Magnolia Productions
Sweetland Films
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseDecember 18, 1994 (1994-12-18)

Don't Drink the Water is a 1994 American made-for-television comedy film written and directed by Woody Allen, based on a play that premiered on Broadway in 1966. This is the second filmed version of the play, after a 1969 theatrical version starring Jackie Gleason left Allen dissatisfied.[1]

The story revolves around a family of American tourists (played by Allen, Julie Kavner, and Mayim Bialik) that gets trapped behind the Iron Curtain. Michael J. Fox plays the American ambassador's son.[2]

This is the second time Allen wrote and performed in a movie made for television (Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story was filmed in 1971 but was never broadcast). The film was not well-received by critics.



Don't Drink the Water has a 44% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[3] In 2016 film critics Robbie Collin and Tim Robey ranked it as one of the worst movies by Woody Allen.[4]


  1. ^ Ken Tucker (December 16, 1994). "Don't Drink the Water Review". Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  2. ^ "Don-t-Drink-the-WaterShowtimes". The New York Times. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  3. ^ "Don't Drink the Water (1994)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  4. ^ "All 47 Woody Allen movies - ranked from worst to best". The Telegraph. October 12, 2016. Retrieved February 12, 2017.

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