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french man on bus:
french man on bus:
Excuse me, sir. Does this bus go to the Lincoln Center?
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THE ONLY western movie I've seen that truly shows life in the Soviet Union
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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