Don't Drink The Water

  • 1969
  • Movie
  • G
  • Comedy

Woody Allen wrote the play that this gobbler was based upon, and had he been allowed to write the screenplay for DON'T DRINK THE WATER, it surely would have been more successful. Filmed in Miami and Quebec, it's the story of Gleason, a New Jersey caterer, his wife, Parsons, and his daughter, Delaney, passengers on a plane that is a hijacked to the fictional...read more

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Woody Allen wrote the play that this gobbler was based upon, and had he been allowed to write the screenplay for DON'T DRINK THE WATER, it surely would have been more successful. Filmed in Miami and Quebec, it's the story of Gleason, a New Jersey caterer, his wife, Parsons, and his

daughter, Delaney, passengers on a plane that is a hijacked to the fictional Communist Bloc nation of Vulgaria. At the Vulgarian airport, Gleason takes some pictures and is immediately suspected of being a spy by secret policeman Constantine, who tries to arrest Gleason and family. They are given

asylum at the American embassy, which is being run by Bessell, son of ambassador St. John. Inside the embassy the family meets Libertini, a wild-eyed priest-patriot who has been living there under asylum for six years. The US government offers a captured Vulgarian spy in exchange for free passage

for the tourists, but the spy commits suicide before he can be swapped. Gray-haired "student" agitators storm the embassy, and Gleason, Parsons, and Delaney make their way through the crowd disquised as visiting Arabs. They rendezvous with an aged pilot (director Morris, contributing the film's

funniest performance) who has been waiting for Libertini's escape for six years. However, there is only enough space for two passengers on the plane, so Gleason and Parsons escape, while Delaney marries Bessell and acquires diplomatic immunity. Morris, who was one of Sid Caesar's stooges on "Your

Shows of Shows," does his best with the screenplay, but DON'T DRINK THE WATER ends up looking less like a feature than like a made-for-TV movie.

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