Moscow On The Hudson
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Robin Williams stars as Vladimir Ivanoff, a Russian sax player working in a circus whose home life with his warm and colorful family does not compensate for his feelings of repression and lost opportunity in his native land. When the circus comes to New York, Williams goes on a shopping trip to Bloomingdale's -- where he suddenly announces his intention to defect. Befriended and given a place to stay by security guard Lionel Witherspoon (Cleavant Derricks), Vladimir makes the slow and sometimes painful transition from Russian to American citizen, helped along by his lady love (and fellow… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Mr. Mazursky's fictional conceits do not do justice to Vladimir or to his situation, either in the Soviet Union or this country."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Gives patriotism a good name with its plentiful emotional and comic fireworks"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The first good look we got at Williams trying to broaden his horizons. Well done."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"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."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Mazuersky's fable of culture collision and assimilation has a certain charm, largely due to the acting of the young Robin Williams as a Russian immigrant."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Essentially a vehicle for Williams to show off his manic shtick (and display the considerable acting skills that would later propel him into Oscar territory)..."
‑ , Film4
"It made me feel good to be an American, and good that Vladimir Ivanoff was going to be one, too."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"As a fish-out-of-water comedy-drama, it works well."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Williams impresses, the script does not"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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