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Moscow on the Hudson (1984)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  6 April 1984 (USA)
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When a Russian musician defects in Bloomingdale's department store in New York, he finds adjusting to American life more difficult than he imagined.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Cleavant Derricks ...
Alejandro Rey ...
Saveliy Kramarov ...
Boris (as Savely Kramarov)
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Oleg Rudnik ...
Yury
Aleksandr Benyaminov ...
Vladimir's Grandfather (as Alexander Beniaminov)
Lyudmila Kramarevskaya ...
Vladimir's Mother (as Ludmila Kramarevsky)
Ivo Vrzal-Wiegand ...
Vladimir's Father (as Ivo Vrzal)
Natalya Ivanova ...
Sasha (as Natalie Iwanow)
Tiger Haynes ...
Lionel's Grandfather
Eyde Byrde ...
Lionel's Mother (as Edye Byrde)
Robert MacBeth ...
Lionel's Stepfather
Donna Ingram-Young ...
Leanne
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Storyline

A Russian circus visits the US. A clown wants to defect, but doesn't have the nerve. His saxophone playing friend however comes to the decision to defect in the middle of Bloomingdales. He is befriended by the black security guard and falls in love with the Italian immigrant from behind the perfume counter. We follow his life as he works his way through the American dream and tries to find work as a musician. Written by Zaphod <aaa@scs.leeds.ac.uk>

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Vladimir Ivanoff walks into a department store to buy blue jeans, walks out with a girl friend, an immigration lawyer and a buddy. His life and theirs will never be the same again. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

6 April 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Moscú en Nueva York  »

Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$25,100,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Appearing in this film was Russian actor Saveliy Kramarov who was a real life defector from the USSR. Kramarov had appeared in over 40 Russian films and was given permission to immigrate to the USA in the early 1980s. Kramarov gave up his Russian film career for small parts and religious freedom in the United States. This was Kramarov's first American movie and ironically he played a KGB agent. See more »

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french man on bus: [first lines]
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SUENOS
Written & Produced by David McHugh
Performed by Maria Conchita Alonso
Courtesy of A&M Records
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THE ONLY western movie I've seen that truly shows life in the Soviet Union
14 December 2002 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is THE ONLY movie I've seen that truly shows life in the Soviet Union, which is made in the West.

This is a great movie! It really hits on why people tried to run from the Soviet Union, the oppression there and the taste of freedom in the USA. It is extremely realistic! We were ashamed at some points in the movie associating ourselves with the former fellow countrymen. But the showed THE TRUTH! All of the things shown used to happen in real life.

Robin Williams was brilliant. He spoke Russian with almost no accent, which was amazing!

I am from the Soviet Union so I know what I'm talking about. Nearly all of the rest of the movies are not more than a joke when it concerns reflecting life in Russia or Soviet Union. Even in the Air Force One (with Harrison Ford!) I was laughing like crazy when they showed supposedly Russian Prison.

So, all of you lucky to be born in freedom, please see this movie and you maybe will start thinking why you are so lucky and how exciting but difficult is to be an immigrant!


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