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Romanoff and Juliet (1961)





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Peter Ustinov went the auteur route as writer, director, producer, and star of this Cold War farce, based on his play and very similar to the equally well-regarded The Mouse That Roared (1959). Ustinov is "the general," leader of the tiny European nation Concordia, which is so small that it does not appear on any maps, and each government employee holds two positions (the general's chauffeur is also ambassador to the U.S.). Despite its diminutive size, Concordia is a full-fledged member of the United Nations. A vote on an important measure is split evenly, with Concordia getting the deciding vote, so the general abstains and goes home, giving fits to the U.S. and U.S.S.R., Cold War rivals which are on opposing sides of the issue. A campaign of persuasion is launched to sway Concordia to one side or another, but the canny general wants to keep his country neutral, so he schemes to introduce the Russian ambassador's son Igor Romanoff (John Gavin) to Juliet Moulsworth (Sandra Dee), the daughter of the U.S. representative. Shakespearean-style romance between the two attractive young people inevitably ensues, much to the chagrin of their home countries and the general's delight. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi


Peter Ustinov
as The General
Sandra Dee
as Juliet Moulsworth
John Gavin
as Igor Romanoff
Akim Tamiroff
as Vadim Romanoff
Alix Talton
as Beulah Moulsworth
Rik Von Nutter
as Freddie van der Stuyt
John Phillips
as Hooper Moulsworth
Tamara Shayne
as Evdokia Romanoff
Suzanne Cloutier
as Marfa Zlotochienka
Edward Atienza
as Patriarch
John Alderson
as Randle Wix
Thomas Chalmers
as Chief Executive
Tonio Selwart
as President of N
Renato Chiantoni
as Joseph the Pilot
Booth Colman
as Customs Officer
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Critic Reviews for Romanoff and Juliet

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

It is saddening that Ustinov's exuberant fantasy has been kept so carefully in check.

February 11, 2020 | Full Review…

There are several moments of quiet drollery but the satire is disappointingly thin and Ustinov's directorial pace is sluggish.

December 16, 2019 | Full Review…

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