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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>

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America is sometimes a strange place even for Americans. Let alone for Vladimir Ivanoff, a Russian defector with a black roommate, a Cuban lawyer, and an Italian girlfriend. Who's learning to live with Big Macs, cable TV, hard rock, softcore, unemployment and a whole new wonderful word for him. Freedom. 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)

Gross USA:

$25,100,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Robin Williams/James Taylor (1988) See more »

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PEOPLE UP IN TEXAS
Written & Performed by Waylon Jennings
Courtesy of RCA Records
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User Reviews

 
THE ONLY western movie I've seen that truly shows life in the Soviet Union
14 December 2002 | by krolikovodSee all my reviews

This is THE ONLY movie I've seen that truly shows life in the Soviet Union, which is made in the West.

This is a great movie! It really hits on why people tried to run from the Soviet Union, the oppression there and the taste of freedom in the USA. It is extremely realistic! We were ashamed at some points in the movie associating ourselves with the former fellow countrymen. But the showed THE TRUTH! All of the things shown used to happen in real life.

Robin Williams was brilliant. He spoke Russian with almost no accent, which was amazing!

I am from the Soviet Union so I know what I'm talking about. Nearly all of the rest of the movies are not more than a joke when it concerns reflecting life in Russia or Soviet Union. Even in the Air Force One (with Harrison Ford!) I was laughing like crazy when they showed supposedly Russian Prison.

So, all of you lucky to be born in freedom, please see this movie and you maybe will start thinking why you are so lucky and how exciting but difficult is to be an immigrant!


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