Motion Picture Pioneers of America

Nick Dawson

in Being Hal Ashby

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125381
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135267 | DOI:
Motion Picture Pioneers of America

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This chapter examines the success of Norman Jewison and Hal Ashby's collaboration in the film The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming. The film was based on Nathaniel Benchley's book The Off-Islanders about a Russian submarine that gets beached off the New England coast. Jewison and Ashby saw an opportunity to make an antiwar film that stressed the similarities between the opposing sides in the Cold War and would humanize the Russian sailors whom the Cape Cod residents mistakenly believed were invading their little island. The film took nearly $8 million in the U.S. and became the fifth biggest grosser of the year for 1966.

Keywords: Hal Ashby; Norman Jewison; The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming; Nathaniel Benchley; The Off-Islanders; antiwar film; Cold War; Cape Cod

Chapter.  4259 words. 

Subjects: Film

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