Don't Drink the Water (1969 film)

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Don't Drink the Water
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Directed by Howard Morris
Produced by Charles H. Joffe
Jack Rollins
Written by Woody Allen
R.S. Allen
Harvey Bullock
Starring Jackie Gleason
Estelle Parsons
Ted Bessell
Music by Patrick Williams
Cinematography Harvey Genkins
Edited by Ralph Rosenblum
Distributed by Avco Embassy Pictures
Release dates
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Don't 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 Don't Drink the Water for television, with himself in the Gleason role.[1]


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 sultan's robes and attempt to sneak out with his party, but complicating matters further is that Susan has fallen in love with Axel.


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