Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Music  |  24 March 1989 (Finland)
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Siberian rock band Leningrad Cowboys go to the USA in pursuit of fame.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matti Pellonpää ...
Kari Väänänen ...
Igor (Village Idiot)
Sakke Järvenpää ...
The Leningrad Cowboys
Heikki Keskinen ...
The Leningrad Cowboys
Pimme Korhonen ...
The Leningrad Cowboys
Sakari Kuosmanen ...
The Leningrad Cowboys
Puka Oinonen ...
The Leningrad Cowboys
Silu Seppälä ...
The Leningrad Cowboys
Mauri Sumén ...
The Leningrad Cowboys
Mato Valtonen ...
The Leningrad Cowboys
Pekka Virtanen ...
The Leningrad Cowboys
Nicky Tesco ...
Lost Cousin
Olli Tuominen ...
Siberian Svengali
Kari Laine ...
Siberian Chauffeur
Jatimatic Ohlstrom ...
Father of the Cowboys


The Leningrad Cowboys, a fictional Russian rock band, and their manager, travel to America seeking fame and fortune. As they cross the country, trying to get to a wedding in Mexico, they are followed by the village idiot, who wishes to join the band. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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24 March 1989 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Cowboys de Lenigrado Vão Para a América  »

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Did You Know?


At the wedding, when Vladimir pours himself a shot by the tap hidden in the cactus, he uses a Jägermeister glass. See more »


Obvious playback of Born To Be Wild as in the beginning - the drummer is not hitting the cymbals according to what's audible. See more »


Siberian Svengali: [after audition] Bullshit.
Igor: How come?
Siberian Svengali: No commercial potential. Go to America. They'll put up with anything there...
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Followed by Total Balalaika Show (1994) See more »


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Written by Mauri Sumén
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Finland`s answer to Spinal Tap!
23 October 1999 | by (N.Ireland) – See all my reviews

This is the funniest rock `n roll polka road movie ever made! Although based around an actual band of Finnish descent (who still get airplay on MTV Europe), it sees our heroes come from the Tundra Wasteland to America, seeking fame and fortune. Not having much luck in their homeland with their unique style of folk pop, the band are advised to conquer the US ("go to America" says the guy, "they buy any old s**t there"), being exploited constantly by their greedy manager Vladimir. They "learn" rock `n roll, drink beer, go to jail, beg on the streets and play seedy pubs. Not exactly the American dream. And the most eyecatching piece, has to be those massive quiffs and even bigger winklepicker shoes!

The dialogue is funny, but its not this that makes you laugh. Just one look at the band will have you rolling. And if you can`t speak Finnish, don`t worry. The director cleverly overcomes this, by getting the band to learn English on the plane to America! And if you`re not tapping along to their rendition of "Born To Be Wild" at the end of the movie, you`ll be humming that "polka" music for a long time to come.

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