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Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Vladimir Kuzmin, the Manager
... Igor (Village Idiot)
... The Leningrad Cowboys
Heikki Keskinen ... The Leningrad Cowboys
Pimme Korhonen ... The Leningrad Cowboys
... The Leningrad Cowboys
... The Leningrad Cowboys
... The Leningrad Cowboys
Mauri Sumén ... The Leningrad Cowboys
... The Leningrad Cowboys
... The Leningrad Cowboys
... Lost Cousin
Olli Tuominen ... Siberian Svengali
Kari Laine ... Siberian Chauffeur
Jatimatic Ohlstrom ... Father of the Cowboys
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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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Also Known As:

Cowboys de Lenigrado Vão Para a América  »

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In the desert scene where Igor frees Vladimir, Vladimir (Matti Pellonpää) storms out to attack the band, who are sitting at a fire. He furiously beats them with large ropes, but band members Mauri Sumén and Sakke Järvenpää smile and laugh the whole way through their beating. Sakke especially tries to hold his laughter in while Vladimir storms up. See more »

Quotes

Siberian Svengali: [after audition] Bullshit.
Igor: How come?
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Kaurismäki's cowboys take an entertaining journey
21 November 1998 | by See all my reviews

Aki Kaurismäki's entertaining film portrays the Leningrad Cowboys (a real-life Finnish rock band) as a down and out Russian rock band under the tutelage of a corrupt Russian manager (Matti Pelonpää) who takes them on a journey to America in search of success and money.

Along the way the band hits all sorts of bumps in the road which often places them in ridiculous situations. Kaurismäki films in dark and tired looking locations and draws from American jazz traditions.

The film is really a Finnish parody of the Soviet Union and the tired and stolid bureaucracy which dominated it. Take note of the proliferation of tractors in the opening scenes, suppossedly a symbol of the power and triumph of the workers state.

Don't look for an overriding political message in the film however. It's best to sit back and enjoy the unusual style of Finnish humor and Kaurismäki's subtle approach to story-telling.


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