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Moscow on the Hudson (1984)

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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Orlando Ramirez
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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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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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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

The grandfather of 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 emigrating, when traveling on the boat bound for the U.S. See more »

Goofs

Road signs in Moscow scenes are messy. For instance, Vladimir passes sign "no vehicles allowed" and some meters after you can see the sign "parking forbidden" which means a vehicle suppose to disrespect 1st sign to succeed in disrespecting then the 2nd. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in My Name Is Earl: Foreign Exchange Student (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

BLUE TOWNS
Composed by Andrey Petrov
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Williams Best Performance!
8 March 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Robin Williams delivers the best performance of his storied career (yes I know he won an Oscar for Good Will Hunting) as Vladimir Ivanoff a Russian musician who takes a chance at freedom in America. Released in 1984 during the height of U.S. Russian tension, director Paul Mazursky doesn't villify Russia instead using it as an opportunity to show how similar the people are to Americans. Noteworthy performances by Maria Conchita Alonso (as his eventual girlfriend) and Cleavant Derricks (as the Bloomingdales security guard who takes an immediate liking to Vladimir). Mazursky walks the line of schmaltz at times but doesn't cross over. Especially evident in a well done scene when Vladimir finds out about the death of his beloved grandfather. Moscow on the Hudson is an often overlooked film that to me stood out as one worth watching again and again.


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