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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

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

Goofs

When driving to Houston at night, the shadow of either crew member or camera is briefly visible on the side of the white Cadillac. 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

Followed by Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

My Curly-Headed Baby
Written by G.H. Clutsam
Performed by Jatimatic Ohlstrom
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Ever heard of rock & roll? Study this movie!
26 September 2006 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

Has anyone ever heard of a Finnish rock band called Leningrad Cowboys? No? Then here's a great chance of catching up with a piece of music history. Jokes apart, this is a very clever and funny film chronicling the Cowboys'slow, excruciating journey towards success.

It all begins in the Siberian countryside, where the musicians are trying to impress a potential producer. Sadly (for them), this guy states the obvious about their work: "It's sh*t". Hence the guys'need to go somewhere else. More precisely, the USA. Led by the ruthless manager Vladimir (Matti Pellonpää), the Cowboys try to export their music and look (Pulp Fiction-style suits, absurdly long tufts and matching boots). Not an easy task, as their efforts are way too unconventional for the yanks. "You know Mexico? Go there. My cousin's getting married. He could need people like you". And so the journey continues in a second-choice car (don't miss Jim Jarmusch's cameo as the salesman) and under miserable circumstances. Only Vladimir seems to be enjoying himself. The other band-members have to cope with his dictatorial manners. Well, except for one Cowboy (Silu Seppälä) "travelling" on the car roof (you see, he froze to death at the beginning of the film), and Igor (Kari Väänänen), the village idiot who's following the group in the desperate hope of joining them (he was rejected because his hair isn't long enough).

A lot of things happen in this film, some on the brink of credibility, and to reveal them in advance would be a serious offense on my behalf. Suffice to say that this is one of the funniest films ever made: after four movies in which he dealt with various sides of Finnish society, mostly poor, Aki Kaurismäki decided to tell a different kind of story, featuring the "worst rock band in the world" (their words, of course). The result is a wildly inventive, often politically incorrect, always hilarious musical comedy.

Trust me: this is one odyssey worth watching.


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