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Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989)

Siberian rock band Leningrad Cowboys go to the USA in pursuit of fame.

Director:

Aki Kaurismäki

Writers:

Sakke Järvenpää (story), Aki Kaurismäki (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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

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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Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

Finland | Sweden

Language:

English | Finnish

Release Date:

24 March 1989 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Leningrad Cowboys Go America See more »

Filming Locations:

Del Rio, Texas, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Leningrad Cowboys are a Finnish band with a constantly rotating lineup who often mix American rock music with traditional Russian folk songs, sometimes playing one in the style of the other. See more »

Goofs

While the band performs at the wedding, an extra is seen staring directly into the camera for a moment and then looking elsewhere quickly. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

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Volga, Volga
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A zany, kafkaesque, not terribly profound, but entertaining film
23 June 2002 | by bobbymeizerSee all my reviews

Reminiscent of some of the best Eastern European comedies, this absurdist Finnish look at the foibles of both Communist and capitalist attempts at reality is not going to change your life, but it is an enjoyable way to spend 79 minutes. A rousing oompah band from a small Eastern European village travel to America to find their fortune. They all have hairdos like Buddy Holly on acid and wear the pointiest-toed shoes you've ever seen. In New York City they buy an old Cadillac and get a gig to play a wedding in Mexico. On the trip there they also travel through rock, blues, country, and mariachi, and meet people almost as strange as themselves. Most memorable moment: Igor, the village idiot, catching up to the band out in the middle of the Texas countryside, carrying a very large fish.


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