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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Vladimir Ivanoff
... Lucia Lombardo
... Lionel Witherspoon
... Orlando Ramirez
... Boris (as Savely Kramarov)
... 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
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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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Release Date:

6 April 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Moscú en Nueva York  »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,100,000
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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

In Ivanov's Moscow apartment he greets his family "utro" ("morning" in English). But it doesn't work in Russian. The only correct way is to say it in full "dobroe utro" (good morning). Obviously but mistakenly copied from common way to cut it short in English - "morning". 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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BLUE TOWNS
Composed by Andrey Petrov
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Williams Best Performance!
8 March 2004 | by 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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