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Moscow on the Hudson -- Robin Williams portrays a Russian musician who defects in Bloomingdales, beginning the bumpy road to his American dream.


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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 »
When a Russian musician defects in Bloomingdale's department store in New York, he finds adjusting to American life more difficult than he imagined. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robin Williams ... Vladimir Ivanoff

Maria Conchita Alonso ... Lucia Lombardo
Cleavant Derricks ... Lionel Witherspoon
Alejandro Rey ... Orlando Ramirez
Saveliy Kramarov ... Boris (as Savely Kramarov)

Elya Baskin ... Anatoly
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
Olga Talyn ... Svetlana
Aleksandr Narodetsky ... Leonid (as Alexander Narodetzky)
Pierre Orcel ... Young French Man
Stephanie Cotsirilos ... Veronica Cohen

Frederick Strother ... Bill (as Fred Strother)
Anthony Cortino ... Male Clerk
Betsy Mazursky ... Bloomingdale's Manager
Kaity Tong ... Kaity Tong
Royce Rich ... Bloomingdale's Cop
Christopher Wynkoop ... Agent Ross

Lyman Ward ... Agent Williams
Joe Lynn ... Mean Man on Subway
Joy Todd ... Blanche

Paul Mazursky ... Dave
Thomas Ikeda ... Korean Cab Driver
Barbara Montgomery ... Mrs. Marlowe
Dana Lorge ... Wanda
Adalberto Santiago ... Latin Band Leader
Sam Moses ... Dr. Reddy

Yakov Smirnoff ... Lev
Sam Stoneburner ... Panama Hat
Michael Greene ... Texan

Rosetta LeNoire ... The Judge (as Rosetta Le Noire)
Sal Carollo ... Uncle Sal
Filomena Spagnuolo ... Uncle Sal's Mother (as Filomena Spanguolo)
Annabella Turco ... Uncle Sal's Wife
George Kelly ... Wild Bill Hawthorne
Yury Olshansky ... Blozonov
Jacques Sandulescu ... Truck Driver
Emil Feist ... Circus Performer
Vladimir Tukan ... Strong Man
Mark Rutenberg ... Animal Trainer
Yuri Belov ... Circus Clown (as Yury Belov)
Igor Panich ... Circus Clown
Yuri Golovshchikov ... Russian Officer (as Jurij Gotowtschikow)
Sina Kasper ... Shoe Clerk
Ken Fitch ... Man at Reception
Murray Grand ... Piano Player at Reception
Ann E. Wile ... V.A.G. #2
Michael T. Laide ... Waiter at Reception

Linda Kerns ... Fat Lady at Bloomingdale's
Armand Dahan ... Iranian
José Rabelo ... Supermarket Clerk (as Jose Rabelo)
Jim Goodfriend ... Mr. Aaron
Antonia Rey ... Counter Woman at McDonald's
James Prendergast ... Bailiff
Brandon Rey ... Carlo
Paul Davidovsky ... Russian Man
Andrei Kramarevsky ... Russian Man at Soho Loft
Arkady Shabashev ... Leader in Russian Band
Dina Shvarts ... Singer in Russian Band
Bella Rosenberg ... Singer in Russian Band
Anatoly Mogilevsky ... Singer in Russian Band (as Anatoli Mogilevsky)
Mikhail Shufutinskiy ... Singer in Russian Band (as Mikhail Shufutinsky)
Donald King ... Mugger
David Medina ... Mugger
Juanita Mahone ... Gorgeous Black Girl
Robert Kasel ... Handsome Man
Kikue Tashiro ... Japanese Woman
Joyce R. Korbin ... Counter Woman at Coffee Shop

Luis Antonio Ramos ... Mexican Dishwasher (as Luis Ramos)

Kim Chan ... Chinese Customer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

George Coutoupis ... Gang Member (uncredited)

Kim Delgado ... Hot Dog Customer (uncredited)
Christel-Marie Guerra ... Wanda's Daughter (uncredited)

Jackée Harry ... Woman (uncredited)

Udo Kier ... Gay Man on Street (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Mazursky 
Writing credits
Paul Mazursky (written by) &
Leon Capetanos (written by)

Produced by
Pato Guzman .... co-producer
Paul Mazursky .... producer
Geoffrey Taylor .... associate producer
Original Music by
David McHugh 
Cinematography by
Donald McAlpine (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard Halsey 
Casting by
Joy Todd 
Production Design by
Pato Guzman 
Costume Design by
Linda Wayne 
Albert Wolsky 
Makeup Department
Joe Cranzano .... makeup artist (as Joseph Cranzano)
William A. Farley .... hair stylist (as William Farley)
Ingrid Thier .... hair stylist: Munich
Ingrid Thier .... makeup artist: Munich
Production Management
Gerhard Hegele .... unit manager: Munich (as Gerhard 'Gipsy' Hegele)
Patrick McCormick .... production manager
Arno Ortmair .... unit production manager: Munich (as Arno Ortmaier)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paula Brody .... dga trainee
Steve Gilbert .... dga trainee
Alex Hapsas .... first assistant director
Timothy J. Lonsdale .... dga trainee
Thompson O'Sullivan .... dga trainee
Joseph Ray .... second assistant director
Stefaan Schieder .... assistant director: Munich (as Stefaan Scheider)
Jay Tobias .... dga trainee
Art Department
Frank Didio .... head carpenter
John Ford .... prop man
Tony Gamiello .... set dresser
James Garland .... construction grip
Joe Greco .... stand-by carpenter
Robert Griffon Jr. .... prop man (as Bob Griffon)
Steven J. Jordan .... set decorator: New York (as Steven Jordan)
Vincent Lawrence .... assistant scenic artist
Karl Loreck .... draftsman: Munich
Michael Molly .... art director: New York
Ron Petagna .... head carpenter
Herwig Pollak .... prop buyer: Munich (as Herwig Pollack)
Klaus Ringel .... prop man: Munich
Peter Rothe .... art director: Munich
Cosmo Sorice .... scenic artist
Walter Stocklin .... property master (as Wally Stocklin)
Hans Swanson .... set dresser
Sound Department
John K. Adams .... sound effects
Rick Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer: Hollywood (as Dick Alexander)
Barbara J. Boguski .... adr: Hollywood (as Barbara Boguski)
Neil Burrow .... sound effects
Clayton Collins .... apprentice sound editor (as Clay Collins)
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer: Hollywood
Devon Heffley Curry .... adr: Hollywood (as Devon Heffley)
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
Dick Le Grand .... sound effects
Dennis Maitland .... production sound mixer
Kim Maitland .... sound recordist
Robert Nichols II .... sound recordist
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist
Maggie Ostroff .... sound apprentice
Vern Poore .... sound re-recording mixer: Hollywood
Steve Rice .... dialogue editor: Hollywood
Daniel Rosenblum .... boom operator
Charles Ewing Smith .... sound editor
Thomas Vehrig-Perron .... sound assistant: Munich
David Lewis Yewdall .... supervising sound editor: Hollywood
Special Effects by
Bernie Grill .... special effects assistant: Munich (as Bernhard Grill)
Richard Richtsfeld .... special effects chief: Munich
Victor Magnotta .... stunt coordinator
Dennis O'Neill .... Stunt Dble for Robin Williams
Camera and Electrical Department
Lou Barlia .... camera operator
Ricki-Ellen Brooke .... second assistant camera: New York
Sandy Brooke .... first assistant camera: New York
Michael F. Burke .... electrician (as Michael F Burke)
Ken Connors .... electrician
Russell Engels .... gaffer (as Rusty Engels)
James Finnerty .... key grip
James W. Finnerty .... grip
John Finnerty .... grip (as John 'Spike' Finnerty)
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician
Louis Goldman .... still photographer
Thomas F. Hanlon .... video playback operator (as Tom Hanlon)
Ronald Hersey .... clapper loader: Munich (as Ron Hersey)
Hans-Juergen Hoepflinger .... electrician: Munich (as Hans-Jürgen Höpflinger)
Fred Leitensdorfer .... key grip: Munich (as Freddie Leitensdorfer)
Dick Mingalone .... additional camera operator: New York
George Patsos .... grip
Herbert Sporrer .... grip: Munich
Alexander Witt .... focus puller: Munich
Dieter Zander .... gaffer: Munich
Casting Department
Ilona Brennicke .... extras casting: Munich
Meg Mazursky .... casting coordinator
Sabine Schroth .... casting: Munich
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Dennison .... wardrobe supervisor
Emmi Horoschenkoff .... wardrobe mistress: Munich (as Emmy Horoschenkoff)
Teresa Alba Schipani .... wardrobe (as Alba Schipani)
Ursula Schrader .... wardrobe (as Ursula Jones)
Ille Sievers .... costume supervisor: Munich
Linda Wayne .... assistant wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Clayton Collins .... apprentice editor: Hollywood (as Clay Collins)
Brad Fuller .... apprentice editor
Helen Hahn .... negative editor: Hollywood
Bob Kaiser .... color timer: Hollywood
Chip Keye .... apprentice editor
Elizabeth Sayre .... post-production assistant: Hollywood
Julie Tanser .... assistant editor
Jim Todd .... negative editor: Hollywood
Renée Vial .... editing assistant: Munich (as Renee Vial)
Music Department
Stephen A. Hope .... music editor: Hollywood
Allan Mirchin .... music engineer: Hollywood
Gregg Phillips .... saxophone instructor: Mr. Williams
Michael Rod .... musician: saxophone
Celia Weiner .... assistant music editor: Hollywood (as Celia R. Weiner)
Transportation Department
Edward Iacobelli .... transportation captain
Max Schillinger .... head driver: Munich
James Patrick Whalen Jr. .... head driver (as Dinny Whalen)
Other crew
Tom Adler .... location assistant
Patricia Aldersley .... production runner: Munich
Udo Alter .... location manager: Munich
Sonja Beutura .... production assistant: Munich (as Sonja Beutur)
Donna Cipriani .... assistant production accountant
Neil Connuck .... location assistant
Anastacia DeLonge .... translator: Russian
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
David Gamburg .... instructor: Russian, Mr. Williams
Kate Guinzburg .... production office coordinator
James Hapsas .... production assistant
Michael Hill .... auditor
Sue Leibman .... assistant: Mr. Mazursky
Lillian O. MacNeill .... script supervisor
Price Marshall .... executive secretary
Jill Mazursky .... production assistant
Michael McCormick .... production assistant
Mickie McGowan .... adr group coordinator
Mary Meidinger Wilson .... production assistant: Munich
Blair Bellis Mohr .... production assistant (as Blair Bellis)
Steve Rose .... studio coordinator
Mark Rutenberg .... assistant: Mr. Williams
Renate Seefeldt .... production accountant: Munich (as Renata Seefeldt)
Annie Spiegelman .... production assistant
Vladimir Tukan .... technical consultant
Wally West .... technical consultant
Nancy Willen .... unit publicist
Kim Wolf .... location manager (Miami Location)
Carl Zucker .... location manager: New York
Dennis O'Neill .... stand-in (uncredited)

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115 min | West Germany:117 min
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The movie's title "Moscow on the Hudson" now lends its name to be the brand of a real life online Russian goods store and food supermarket based in New York's Manhattan, more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
An entertaining and touching seriocomic tale, 24 September 2002
Author: mattymatt4ever from Jersey City, NJ

My main reason for checking this movie out was because of Robin Williams. After seeing him in so many great films like "Insomnia" and "One Hour Photo" and watching his numerous hilarious talk show appearances, I've become even more curious about checking out the movies on his filmography that I have yet to see. Well, this is more than just a Robin Williams vehicle. Paul Mazursky cleverly combines comedy and drama, and expresses some good morals. He accurately portrays an immigrant's journey to America, and how he/she expects that America is a beautiful place where everyone can run free without any set limitations. It starts out as a fish-out-of-water comedy in which Russian immigrant Williams (who decides he wants to become an American citizen) explores the oddities of New York City and revels in its ambience, no matter how rough the neighborhoods are, no matter how many wackos are running around. Then he slowly learns that freedom has a price. America may be a free country, but that doesn't stop him from getting mugged and having his upstairs neighbors constantly complain about him playing his saxophone.

One thing that impressed me was rather than have a bunch of American actors don Russian accents, Mazursky actually has the actors speaking Russian to each other. Now, there are certain movies like "Schindler's List" and "K-19: The Widowmaker" in which we do see American actors speaking English and putting on foreign accents and still prove to be good movies, but it's always more engaging to see characters from a certain country speaking their native language. I mean, what if Russia were to make a movie set in America, where all the American characters were speaking Russian in American accents? How goofy would that look? I'm guessing that Williams was the only American actor in the cast, and the rest are actual Russians. I don't speak Russian, so I can't tell whether or not Williams was actually speaking Russian, but it looked convincing to me. But since mainstream American audiences have grown to hate reading subtitles, you probably won't see a movie like this released nationwide.

Robin Williams gives a terrific performance, totally disappearing into character. I was actually convinced he was a foreigner, as he speaks just like a Russian immigrant, in broken English, not articulating his words one bit. There was no sign of Robin Williams the Comedian in his character. Whenever he gets a laugh, he gets a laugh as Vladimir and not as Robin. Besides, this is one of his more serious roles and he never really plays it for laughs. Maria Conchita Alonso still sounds Cuban, as her Italian character, but she still gives a fine performance. Since I haven't seen her in any recent movies, it's nice to see her pretty face again. She was like the Salma Hayek of the 80's. Williams and Alonso have a good on-screen chemistry.

The friendship between Williams and his African-American friend, who goes as far as letting him move in with his family, is very touching. Working as a security guard at Bloomingdale's and seeing Williams wreaking havoc around the store, he starts out hating his guts. Before you know it, they're best buddies. The most touching scene is the one in which Williams leaves a jazz club, depressed after being told by a well-known jazz musician that he needs practice. He decides to throw his saxophone away and forget about being a musician altogether. His friend relates to his problem and gives him plenty of encouragement in pursuing his dream of playing the saxophone, as they get drunk and laugh their heads off. The movie stresses the outburst of immigrants in New York City, which is a melting pot society. Almost every character Williams comes in contact with is either a foreigner or a minority. Strange but undoubtedly true, if you were to examine the streets of New York. It's not unlikely to walk across a whole city block, where not one person speaks English.

The movie has no real plot structure, as it is mainly character-driven. The comedy is subtle, and arises naturally. My favorite quote from the film is when Williams says, "I bought my first pair of American shoes. They were made in Italy." That is a sample of the kind of humor in this film. I definitely suggest people check out this oldie-but-a-goodie.

My score: 7 (out of 10)

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