Moscow On The Hudson

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Paul Mazursky
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min

Excuse me, please, sir.

Does this bus go to the Lincoln Center?

- Lincoln Center?

- Yes.

You're on the wrong bus.

It's okay, don't worry.

All you have to do is go to 57th Street,

change buses and get on the No. 30 bus.

Don't worry.

I'll let you know when it's time.

Then you go and get a free transfer

from the driver.

- Thank you.

- No problem.

It's tough getting around here at first.


Toilet paper?

Shoes, I think.

They must be Czech or Polish

for such a line.

I don't know.



No forty-fives left.

Forty-four or forty-six will do.

We only have thirty-eights.

I'll take three pairs.

Only two to a customer.

Two thirty-eights, then.

If you want to go on the New York tour

you'd better behave.

You are late. We're getting ready.

Don't you want to go to New York?

I couldn't help it.


The queue was endless.

I wear a forty-two.

These are thirty-eight.

How much?

Forty roubles.


I know you only paid twenty.

All right. I give them to you as a gift.

Why forty, you only paid twenty?

Did you lick his ass good? Was it tasty?

When you arrive in New York,

you must understand...

... that you are representatives

of the nation of the revolution.

Many people will take perverse pleasure in

tempting you with American decadence.

KGB pig!

They see you as targets for seduction.

Prostitutes will try to tempt you

with their unhealthy immorality.

And stay away from places

like the subway.

Times Square.

Greenwich Village.

Rockefeller Center.

I'm an artist, and an artist without freedom

is a bird without wings.

Watch where you drive, artist.

I know the same nausea is grabbing at you.

I am content.

Bullshit! You are a gear in a bad machine.

Don't you have a soul?

My soul is standing in line

at the food store.


Fill them up.

See how corrupt we are.

America is not corrupt? France?

My soul is dying.

My stomach is growling.

Let's practice our English.

Let us practice. You start.

Hello, mister.

- Hello, mister. May I buy lamb chop?

- Sure thing, mister.

- Do you read Ernest Hemingway?

- Every fucking day.

Kiss me, beautiful. Beautiful? Beautiful.

I love you.

Yes, my dear clown?

When we come to New York,

I'm going to defect.

- Why do you do this to me?

- I had to tell you that.

You know I am obliged

to report you to the authorities.

I want a Mercedes-Benz.

I want to piss in the wind.

I want to see Rio de Janeiro!

I want to see London! I want to see Paris!

Stop it.

Taxi, take me out of here!

I could be KGB.

Then my ass is already frozen.

Please. Be careful, my friend.

I hate my life.

Tonight at 9:
00, as usual?

Yes, see you.

Toilet paper?

Toilet paper or chickens, I'm not sure.

Toilet paper?

Top quality.

Thank you.

Leonid? You're back.

How is your music?

I still play for tigers and bears. And you?

Are you teaching?

No. I have a new job. I pave streets.

I protested Afghanistan...

I know. I heard.

They said I was crazy,

so they sent me to a mental hospital.

Were you crazy?

If I was really crazy, how would I know it?

We shall talk, Leonid.

Don't ever go crazy if you can help it.

You! Don't try to break in the line!

You found it! Congratulations, Vladimir.

Why does everyone in this family

make such a fuss over toilet paper?

Eating and going to the bathroom

are the secrets of happiness.

I've made some borsch, Vladimir.

I can't. I'm meeting Svetlana.

If you married her,

you'd get an apartment of your own.

I'm not ready for another marriage.

I like Svetlana.

Is she the one with the big tits?

You should have been a poet, Grandfather.

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Paul Mazursky

Irwin Lawrence "Paul" Mazursky (April 25, 1930 – June 30, 2014) was an American film director, screenwriter, and actor. Known for his dramatic comedies that often dealt with modern social issues, he was nominated for five Academy Awards: three times for Best Original Screenplay, once for Best Adapted Screenplay, and once for Best Picture for An Unmarried Woman (1978). Other films written and directed by Mazursky include Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), Blume in Love (1973), Harry and Tonto (1974), Moscow on the Hudson (1984), and Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986). more…

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