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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

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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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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(Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In preparation for his role, for about a year, lead actor Robin Williams studied Soviet customs and learned the Russian language. Reportedly, Williams spent five hours a day learning Russian and had learned to speak it well within a month. By the time of principal photography, Williams was at a proficiency level where he could carry out a conversation. William's teacher was a Russian actor called David. See more »

Goofs

All license plates on Moscow cars are obviously fakes, especially the ones on the KGB's Volga. 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

References Exposed (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

IT'S POSSIBLE
Composed by Arkadii II'ich Ostrovskii
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A wonderful movie
19 November 1999 | by (Miami, Florida) – See all my reviews

I cannot understand why this movie has received such a low rating of 6.2. I love Robin Williams when he is funny and also when he is serious. He is the best of actors and his performance in Moscow on the Hudson, as a Russian musician, is awesome. Cuban-born Maria Conchita Alonso also gives an excellent performance as the Italian young lady who falls in love with Williams. My recommendation: don't wait any longer, rent Moscow on the Hudson. You'll cry, you'll laugh, and you'll appreciate freedom. No matter how risky freedom could be, it's the only opportunity to be yourself.


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