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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Alejandro Rey ...
Orlando Ramirez
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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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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America is sometimes a strange place even for Americans. Let alone for Vladimir Ivanoff, a Russian defector with a black roommate, a Cuban lawyer, and an Italian girlfriend. Who's learning to live with Big Macs, cable TV, hard rock, softcore, unemployment and a whole new wonderful word for him. Freedom. See more »

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6 April 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Moscú en Nueva York  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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$25,100,000 (USA)
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The grandfather of the film's director Paul Mazursky was born in Kiev, Russia. In 1905, he defected from Czarist Russia by jumping a Russian train troop. Mazursky's grandfather met his grandmother whilst immigrating, when traveling on the boat bound for the USA. See more »

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Orlando and Vladimir's "Korean Cab Driver" speaks in Japanese after Orlando berates him for missing a turn. ("Gaijin urusai! Monku, monku!" - "Annoying foreigner! Complain! Complain!") See more »

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french man on bus: [first lines]
french man on bus: Excuse me, sir. Does this bus go to the Lincoln Center?
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Features The Richard Simmons Show (1980) See more »

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LONG DAY
Written by David McHugh
Produced by The Motels and David McHugh
Performed by The Motels
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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Early Robin Williams comedy
14 November 2006 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film when the Iron Curtain was still firmly in place and of course it was intriguing and funny. Seeing it again, I found it quite prescient if less intriguing and funny. Robin Williams plays a Muscovite who visits the Big Apple as part of a cultural troupe. On a visit to Bloomingdales, he suddenly decides to defect (a very spin is made on this term!). The rest of the film deals with his attempts to settle in the US.

Obviously given the great political changes in the USSR and Eastern Europe since the film was released, it has aged noticeably. However, it is not entirely without merit. The big plus is obviously Robin Williams. He was and is a great actor and seems to have put in great effort on his Russian and spoken English accents. Notice the way he says "Mister". The hot, hot, hot Maria Conchita Gonzalez (Miss Venezuela 1971) plays an Italian immigrant and the love interest. The overall bent of the film is liberal - African-American families are especially realistically and positively portrayed. The central lesson of the film is that the transition from a Communist to a Capitalist mentality is not easy and the adjustment can bring great joy and sorrow. That is a very valid lesson in the largest context of the later collapse of the USSR and the painful transition ex-Soviet states are still going through.


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