Paul Mazursky and Leon Capetanos
April 6, 1984
November 27, 2001
Columbia Pictures, Delphi Premier Productions
A Russian circus visits the United States. 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 Bloomingdale's. 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.
You must be Russian.
Yes, yes. I--I'm with the circus.
Yeah, I know. We heard you guys were coming today. Let me tell you something. I wish for peace among all nations.
I--I'm looking for blue jeans.
We had a nuclear demonstration this year, and I marched. "Make love, not war," we say.
Make love, for sure. I--uh--I look for blue jeans.
Blue jeans, right? Designer jeans? Uhm--uh, Jordache, Calvin Klein--
Calvin Klein, OK. You go straight back to menswear, like where that pole is.
I'm Russian, no Pole.
Yeah, I know. Well, anyway, you go straight, OK? And then you take a left. You can't miss the Denim Den.
You're welcome. I hope you have a nice stay in New York.
Go--I go back to Moscow today.
Ah, well. Goodbye.
Ciao. I say goodbye to my saxophone.
KGB? No. Oooh, no. G-A-Y.
Gay? Oh, no, no.
Sorry, you have a nice face and I thought we had a moment back there. I hope I didn't upset you.
No, it's OK, Mister. Thank you. Good luck.
You smell very good.
No, it's Charlie.
Yes, it is.
No, it's no perfume. It's you.
I really like you.
But I am--uh... I am--
You have boyfriend?
No, no, no, I'm a free woman. I don't like to get involved.
What I mean is that if I stay here with you tonight I don't want you to think anything special about it. To exaggerate what it is. You understand?
Yes. I assure you as a former Soviet Socialist Republic I make no more thought about sex. I respect your new life.
But I do desire you in a big way.
Coffee line, please?
Aisle 2. No line, though.
Taster's Choice... decaffeinated... Maxwell House... El Pico... Chock Full of Nuts... espresso, cappucino... Café Français... Sanka... Folgers... Cafe Caribe... coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee! Coffee!! COFFEE!!!
Vladimir Ivanoff walks into a department store to buy blue jeans, walks out with a girl friend, an immigration lawyer and a buddy. His life and theirs will never be the same again.
Barlett Place, NY
Gerritsen Beach, NY
Bloomingdale's, New York City, NY
Miami Beach, FL
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
September 14, 1984
October 11, 1984
October 26, 1984
November 2, 1984
November 21, 1984
January 5, 1985 (Davao)
Apo ti Mosha sto supermarket
En russer i New York
En ryss i New York
Moscú en Nueva York
Mosca a New York
Moscou à New York
Moscou em Nova York
Moskau in New York
Moskwa nad rzeka Hudson
Neukku New Yorkissa
Um Russo em Nova Iorque
Un ruso en Nueva York
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Robin learned to speak Russian for the film within a month. He studied 5 hours a day with a man named David, who was also a Russian actor.
$3,536,687 (618 theaters)
Nom - 1985 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical (Robin)