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Moscow On The Hudson (1984)



Critic Consensus: With Robin Williams' affecting portrayal as a Russian immigrant at the center of its fish-out-of-water story, Moscow on The Hudson soars with an abundance of laughs and heart.

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In this film, Robin Williams stars as a Russian sax player working in a circus. His warm home life does not compensate for his feelings of repression and lost opportunity in his homeland, and when the circus comes to New York, Williams suddenly announces his intention to defect.

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Robin Williams
as Vladimir Ivanoff
Maria Conchita Alonso
as Lucia Lombardo
Cleavant Derricks
as Lionel Witherspoon
Alejandro Rey
as Orlando Ramirez
Elya Baskin
as Anatoly Cherkasov
Alexander Beniaminov
as Vladimir's grandfather
Ludmila Kramarevsky
as Vladimir's Mother
Ivo Vrzal
as Vladimir's Father
Tiger Haynes
as Lionel's grandfather
Edye Byrde
as Lionel's Mother
Robert Macbeth
as Lionel's Stepfather
Olga Talyn
as Svetlana
Eric Orbom
as Young Frenchman
Pierre Orcel
as Young Frenchman
Stephanie Cotsirilos
as Veronica Cohen
Anthony Cortino
as Male Clerk
Betsy Mazursky
as Bloomingdale's Manager
Kaity Tong
as Herself
Royce Rich
as Bloomingdale's Cop
Lyman Ward
as Agent Williams
Joe Lynn
as Mean Man on Subway
Joy Todd
as Blanche
Thomas Ikeda
as Korean Cab Driver
Barbara Montgomery
as Mrs. Marlowe
Adalberto Santiago
as Latin Band Leader
Sam Moses
as Dr. Reddy
Sam Stoneburner
as Panama Hat
Sal Carollo
as Uncle Sal
Filomena Spagnuolo
as Uncle Sal's Mother
Annabella Turco
as Uncle Sal's Wife
George Kelly
as Wild Bill Hawthorne
Jacques Sandulescu
as Truck Driver
Emil Feist
as Circus Performer
Vladimir Tukan
as Strong Man
Mark Rutenberg
as Animal Trainer
Yury Belov
as Circus Clown
Igor Panich
as Circus Clown
Jurij Gotowtschikow
as Russian Officer
Sina Kasper
as Shoe Clerk
Ken Fitch
as Man at Reception
Murray Grand
as Piano Player at Reception
Anne E. Wile
as V.A.G. #2
Michael T. Laide
as Waiter at Reception
Linda Kerns
as Fat Lady at Bloomingdale's
Armand Dahan
as Iranian
Jose Rabelo
as Supermarket Clerk
Jim Goodfriend
as Mr. Aaron
Antonia Rey
as Counter Woman at McDonald's
Paul Davidovsky
as Russian Man
Andrei Kramarevsky
as Russian Man at Soho Loft
Arkady Shabashev
as Leader in Russian Band
Juanita Mahone
as Gorgeous Black Girl
Robert Kasel
as Handsome Man
Kikue Tashiro
as Japanese Woman
Joyce R. Korbin
as Counter Woman at Coffee Shop
Luis Antonio Ramos
as Mexican Dishwasher
Kim Chan
as Chinese Customer
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Critic Reviews for Moscow On The Hudson

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6)

"Moscow on the Hudson" lets a potentially wonderful comic hero--and a great deal of thematic suggestiveness--slip away while ostensibly following his process of self-discovery and self-realization in the Land of the Free.

October 17, 2017 | Full Review…

As a fish-out-of-water comedy-drama, it works well.

November 8, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Moscow would be in a lot of trouble without a superbly sensitive portrayal by Robin Williams of a gentle Russian circus musician who makes a sudden decision to defect while visiting the US.

October 18, 2008 | Full Review…

Where it scores so highly is not only in its ability to evoke Vladimir's astonishment at the bizarre, sometimes brutal texture of New York life, but also in the generosity it extends to the musician's sad predicament.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

It made me feel good to be an American, and good that Vladimir Ivanoff was going to be one, too.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Mr. Mazursky's fictional conceits do not do justice to Vladimir or to his situation, either in the Soviet Union or this country.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Moscow On The Hudson


An insufferable vehicle for the great Robin Williams, where he portrays a Russian immigrant who defects from his country during a visit to the United States, and attempts to start a new life with his Hispanic girlfriend and African-American best friend. While Williams is spectacular and the movie itself probably has good intentions, it aims to stuff culture and diversity down the viewer's throat in a pretty insulting, juvenile way, which feels more fake and hollow than genuinely authentic. Most of all, this is just a boring movie where you get what it is trying to say about a half hour into it, but somehow this thing goes on for two hours and leaves one exhausted by the time it is over.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

I don't usually go for these kind of dramas, but Williams is so loveable, and the story so heartwrenching and heartwarming, with some action and comedy thrown in, that I really enjoyed it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

A Russian saxophone player defects and falls in love. In this film the Declaration of Independence is quoted two separate times, the oath of citizenship is fully recited, and there are more American flags than at a political rally. Released in 1984, this film seems more like Cold War propaganda than a serious drama or comedy. The film's thesis valorizes American multiculturalism, featuring African-American, Cuban American, and Italian American (played by a Venezuelan) supporting players, and the notion that America is a tough but ultimately free refuge for people all over the world. Vladimir's immigrant experience isn't unfettered; he experiences his share of difficulties. However, the film is ultimately blindly romantic: none of Vladimir's troubles is institutional as he finds the wait time to take his citizenship oath the only impediment and the U.S. government more than accommodating. While I'll mention that most immigrants find their integration into American culture and society far more rocky, this is not the place to debate immigration policy. What is at stake is that the film comes off as wildly idealistic and myopically patriotic. Overall, within its time, Moscow on the Hudson clearly served a specific political purpose, but now it's merely frustrating, the chronicle of a dream you have to be asleep to believe.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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