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Moscow on the Hudson (1984)

R  |   |  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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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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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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Trivia

Director Paul Mazursky spent a year's preparation on this movie by speaking with Russians living in the USA as well as ones still living in the then Soviet Union in Kiev, Moscow and Leningrad. See more »

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Whenever Vladimir plays the saxophone, he is clearly not playing the music heard (the fingering is off and there doesn't seem to be any particular rhyme or reason to his breathing). 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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PARTY TRAIN
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Performed by The Gap Band
Courtesy of Total Experience 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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