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Moscow on the Hudson (1984)

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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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Paul Mazursky
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Oleg Rudnik ... Yury
Aleksandr Benyaminov ... Vladimir's Grandfather (as Alexander Beniaminov)
Lyudmila Kramarevskaya Lyudmila Kramarevskaya ... Vladimir's Mother (as Ludmila Kramarevsky)
Ivo Vrzal-Wiegand Ivo Vrzal-Wiegand ... Vladimir's Father (as Ivo Vrzal)
Natalya Ivanova Natalya Ivanova ... Sasha (as Natalie Iwanow)
Tiger Haynes Tiger Haynes ... Lionel's Grandfather
Eyde Byrde Eyde Byrde ... Lionel's Mother (as Edye Byrde)
Robert MacBeth Robert MacBeth ... Lionel's Stepfather
Donna Ingram-Young 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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

6 April 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moscú en Nueva York See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,536,687, 8 April 1984

Gross USA:

$25,068,724

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,068,724
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The music instrument that Vladimir Ivanoff (Robin Williams) played was a saxophone. Robin Williams spent months learning to play the sax and apparently according to his music tutor, got to a level of accomplishment that would normally take a student two years. See more »

Goofs

Right at the start of film you can see crew reflected in window as Robin Williams is headed to the line to get shoes(right when the Soviet Officer catches up to him as well) 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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Alternate Versions

CBS edited 19 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. See more »

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Features Q*bert (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

COCKTAILS FOR TWO
Written by Carl Brisson
Played on piano at the Russian-American hotel reception
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User Reviews

 
Early Robin Williams comedy
14 November 2006 | by faraaj-1See all my reviews

I first saw this film when the Iron Curtain was still firmly in place and of course it was intriguing and funny. Seeing it again, I found it quite prescient if less intriguing and funny. Robin Williams plays a Muscovite who visits the Big Apple as part of a cultural troupe. On a visit to Bloomingdales, he suddenly decides to defect (a very spin is made on this term!). The rest of the film deals with his attempts to settle in the US.

Obviously given the great political changes in the USSR and Eastern Europe since the film was released, it has aged noticeably. However, it is not entirely without merit. The big plus is obviously Robin Williams. He was and is a great actor and seems to have put in great effort on his Russian and spoken English accents. Notice the way he says "Mister". The hot, hot, hot Maria Conchita Gonzalez (Miss Venezuela 1971) plays an Italian immigrant and the love interest. The overall bent of the film is liberal - African-American families are especially realistically and positively portrayed. The central lesson of the film is that the transition from a Communist to a Capitalist mentality is not easy and the adjustment can bring great joy and sorrow. That is a very valid lesson in the largest context of the later collapse of the USSR and the painful transition ex-Soviet states are still going through.


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