Moscow on the Hudson
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Moscow on the Hudson

115 min | West Germany:117 min
Comedy | Drama | Romance
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Paul Mazursky
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win
Country: USA
Release Date: 1984-04-06
Filming Locations: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Budget: $13,000,000
Gross: $25,100,000 (USA) Filming Dates July 1983 Related Links
Maria Conchita Alonso
Maria Conchita Alonso
Moscow on the Hudson
Elya Baskin
Elya Baskin
Moscow on the Hudson
Robin Williams
Vladimir Ivanoff
Cleavant Derricks
Lionel Witherspoon
Alejandro Rey
Orlando Ramirez
Saveliy Kramarov
Oleg Rudnik
Aleksandr Benyaminov
Vladimir's Grandfather (as Alexander Beniaminov)
Lyudmila Kramarevskaya
Vladimir's Mother (as Ludmila Kramarevsky)
Ivo Vrzal-Wiegand
Vladimir's Father (as Ivo Vrzal)
Natalya Ivanova
Sasha (as Natalie Iwanow)
Tiger Haynes
Lionel's Grandfather
Eyde Byrde
Lionel's Mother (as Edye Byrde)
Robert MacBeth
Lionel's Stepfather
Donna Ingram-Young
Olga Talyn
Aleksandr Narodetsky
Leonid (as Alexander Narodetzky)
Pierre Orcel
Young French Man
Stephanie Cotsirilos
Veronica Cohen
Frederick Strother
Bill (as Fred Strother)
Anthony Cortino
Male Clerk
Betsy Mazursky
Bloomingdale's Manager
Kaity Tong
Kaity Tong
Royce Rich
Bloomingdale's Cop
Christopher Wynkoop
Agent Ross
Lyman Ward
Agent Williams
Joe Lynn
Mean Man on Subway
Joy Todd
Paul Mazursky
Thomas Ikeda
Korean Cab Driver
Barbara Montgomery
Mrs. Marlowe
Dana Lorge
Adalberto Santiago
Latin Band Leader
Sam Moses
Dr. Reddy
Yakov Smirnoff
Sam Stoneburner
Panama Hat
Michael Greene
Rosetta LeNoire
The Judge (as Rosetta Le Noire)
Sal Carollo
Uncle Sal
Filomena Spagnuolo
Uncle Sal's Mother (as Filomena Spanguolo)
Annabella Turco
Uncle Sal's Wife
George Kelly
Wild Bill Hawthorne
Yury Olshansky
Jacques Sandulescu
Truck Driver
Emil Feist
Circus Performer
Vladimir Tukan
Strong Man
Mark Rutenberg
Animal Trainer
Yuri Belov
Circus Clown (as Yury Belov)
Igor Panich
Circus Clown
Yuri Golovshchikov
Russian Officer (as Jurij Gotowtschikow)
Sina Kasper
Shoe Clerk
Ken Fitch
Man at Reception
Murray Grand
Piano Player at Reception
Ann E. Wile
V.A.G. #2
Michael T. Laide
Waiter at Reception
Linda Kerns
Fat Lady at Bloomingdale's
Armand Dahan
José Rabelo
Supermarket Clerk (as Jose Rabelo)
Jim Goodfriend
Mr. Aaron
Antonia Rey
Counter Woman at McDonald's
James Prendergast
Brandon Rey
Paul Davidovsky
Russian Man
Andrei Kramarevsky
Russian Man at Soho Loft
Arkady Shabashev
Leader in Russian Band
Dina Shvarts
Singer in Russian Band
Bella Rosenberg
Singer in Russian Band
Anatoly Mogilevsky
Singer in Russian Band (as Anatoli Mogilevsky)
Mikhail Shufutinskiy
Singer in Russian Band (as Mikhail Shufutinsky)
Donald King
David Medina
Juanita Mahone
Gorgeous Black Girl
Robert Kasel
Handsome Man
Kikue Tashiro
Japanese Woman
Joyce R. Korbin
Counter Woman at Coffee Shop
Luis Antonio Ramos
Mexican Dishwasher (as Luis Ramos)
Kim Chan
Chinese Customer
George Coutoupis
Gang Member (uncredited)
Kim Delgado
Hot Dog Customer (uncredited)
Christel-Marie Guerra
Wanda's Daughter (uncredited)
Jackée Harry
Woman (uncredited)
Udo Kier
Gay Man on Street (uncredited)
Did you know?
Director Paul Mazursky spent a year's preparation on this movie by speaking with Russians living in the USA as well as ones still living in the then Soviet Union in Kiev, Moscow and Leningrad.
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One of the movie's main movie posters featured a long preamble that read: "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."
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Appearing in this film was Russian actor Saveliy Kramarov who was a real life defector from the USSR. Kramarov had appeared in over 40 Russian films and was given permission to immigrate to the USA in the early 1980s. Kramarov gave up his Russian film career for small parts and religious freedom in the United States. This was Kramarov's first American movie and ironically he played a KGB agent.
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Right at the start of film you can see crew reflected in window as Robin Williams is headed to the line to get shoes(right when the Soviet Officer catches up to him as well)
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In the credits, the city that is known as München in German and as Munich in English is listed as "Münich".
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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".
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Vladimir Ivanoff: You don't look like Marxist.
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Vladimir Ivanoff: [voice over as he plays his saxophone in the park] This is a free country, welcome to almost anyone. And I'm hoping someday maybe you will join me here. Of course I will continue to write to you every week. Yes, in America almost anything is possible. Goodbye for now my beloved family. I love you. Voyia
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Vladimir's Grandfather: [in Russian] There are whores in Gorky Park who have carved my name into trees!
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Photos from cast
Maria Conchita Alonso Elya Baskin