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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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Cleavant Derricks ...
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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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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6 April 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Moscú en Nueva York  »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$25,100,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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On the DVD commentary for Moscow on the Hudson, writer/director Paul Mazursky said that he had written, and for many years tried to get made, a sequel to this movie titled "Moscow on the Rocks." Mazursky said that the plot would again center around Robin Williams's character Vladimir, who would now be a successful but cutthroat New York businessman who was exploiting his mostly immigrant workforce. The plot of the unproduced screenplay had Vladimir traveling back to Russia for his sister's wedding and falling in love there with a Russian doctor. During the commentary, Mazursky also said he despaired of the sequel ever being made at this point, for a variety of reasons, including the fact that Robin WIlliams was by that point a much bigger star than he had been while making Moscow on the Hudson (although Mazursky didn't specify the date on which the commentary was being recorded, he does mention in it that the Oscars are upcoming and he predicts that Gladiator will win, which most likely dates the commentary to early 2001). As of 2014 (and the deaths of both Paul Mazursky and Robin Williams) the sequel has still not been made. 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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Soundtracks

STARTING OVER
Written by David McHugh
Produced by Chaka Khan and David McHugh
Performed by Chaka Khan
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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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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